“Male Menopause” and Testosterone Levels
In females, menopause is a term used to describe the end of a woman’s regular menstrual function, characterized by changes in hormone production. Unlike a woman’s ovaries, the testes do not lose the ability to make hormones. Depending on the man’s health, he may be able to make sperm into his 80s or longer.
However, small changes in the testes’ function may occur as early as age 45 and even more noticeably after age 70. The severity of these changes depends on the person and may occur as a result of an illness.
“Male menopause” – often referred to as “andropause” – is very real and concerns hormone changes in men, and it may have to do with testosterone levels.
If you have low testosterone, hormone replacement therapy may help with symptoms like a low sexual interest, depression and fatigue. Hormone replacement therapy is not for men with prostate cancer. Before this type of therapy begins, a man should receive a complete physical evaluation and laboratory tests.