The word "andropause", derived from the Greek "andros" or "man" and "pausis", means "pause" or "temporary stop".
Andropause is often defined as the male equivalent of menopause in women. It occurs around the age of 45, when testosterone production begins to decline, or even stop altogether, resulting in a gradual decrease in a man's ability to function sexually.
Andropause discomfort can vary from individual to individual, but generally includes:
Some of these discomforts can occur with medication.
- hot flashes and night sweats
- interrupted sleep cycles
- irritability, mood swings
- permanent fatigue
- a decrease in sexual appetite or libido
- loss of strength and/or muscle mass