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Are you going through the MANopause?

Get clued up about the symptoms of the male-menopause and find out how you can get checked.

For anyone with ovaries, going through the menopause is a fact of life. Yet, many believe it’s only women who experience hormonal changes as they age, which isn’t true. A man’s testosterone can decrease over time as well, but this is usually more gradual in comparison to the abrupt decline of female gonadal hormone production. 

What is ‘manopause’? 

As men age, their testosterone tends to decline. Starting between 30 - 40 years old, there is a 1-2% decrease in testosterone levels each year. This process is referred to as "the andropause" and is very different from a woman’s menopause. In men, there is rarely a complete loss of testosterone production as they age.  

Low testosterone, or hypogonadism, typically occurs in later life. Those who are obese or have type 2 diabetes are at higher risk. 
 
Unfortunately, hypogonadism in men can be easily overlooked as the symptoms are often associated with ‘getting old.’ Indeed, that may be the case, but what’s the harm in investigating the symptoms, particularly as there are effective and safe medications to treat low testosterone? 

What are the symptoms of the manopause? 

  • Mood swings and irritability 
  • Low sex drive  
  • Lack of energy  
  • Change in body shape - loss of muscle mass and increased body fat 

‘Late-onset hypogonadism’ can sometimes be responsible for these symptoms. However, the changes may be caused by other issues unrelated to a hormone imbalance, and it is important to distinguish between the possible reasons. 

How is the manopause diagnosed? 

If you are experiencing any symptoms of the manopause, a testosterone test is recommended. If the results are within the normal range, it would be beneficial to retest your testosterone level again in 3 months for confirmation.  If your initial testosterone levels are low, one of our doctors will offer their advice regarding your next steps. 

Can I boost my testosterone levels naturally? 

If you have low or borderline testosterone levels, it may be worth trying a natural boost before seeking testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Research shows that the following lifestyle measures can have a positive impact on testosterone levels: 

  • Getting sufficient sleep - 7-9 hours per night is ideal.  
  • Eating a balanced diet – incorporating healthy fats, protein and carbs. 
  • Avoiding alcohol. 
  • Exercising, particularly strength training.  
  • Minimising stress. 
  • Increasing vitamin D, magnesium, and zinc.   
  • Losing weight (if necessary).  

How is low testosterone treated? 

Doctor’s may prescribe testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) if your levels remain low. Synthetic forms of testosterone are taken via a gel, intramuscular injection, patches and subcutaneous implants. It is less likely that a doctor will prescribe oral tablets of testosterone as it could damage the liver. 

Can blood tests help to identify the manopause? 

Our Testosterone Blood Test is a best seller, priced only at £23.20 until midnight Thursday 12th March, and can be completed from the comfort of your own home. For a more comprehensive view of your hormone levels, our Male Hormone Check measures your testosterone and your free testosterone (that which is not bound to proteins and therefore available to your cells).  

If you are experiencing any symptoms, don’t just blame them on your age; a simple blood test could reveal whether your testosterone levels are slowing you down.