Male Menopause, Andropause and Viropause

Is it menopause, andropause or viropause? It's all the same! As a man reaches 40 years old, hormonal changes occur that perceptibly inhibit physical, sexual and cognitive function. Typically the middle age male shows:

  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Shrinkage of muscle mass
  • Feeling of loss in well-being, sometimes manifesting as depression
  • Reduced sexual arousal and sensation causing loss of libido
  • Loss of ability to concentrate
  • Moodiness/emotionality
  • Touchiness/irritability
  • Feeling weak
  • Inner unrest
  • Passive attitudes
  • General tiredness
  • Hyperchondria

Men experience a more gradual decline in hormone levels than women so that the loss of youth is not as devastating as it is with women. Until recently, these changes were attributed to growing old, and men were expected to accept the fact that their body was entering into a long degenerative process that would some day result in death. But progressive doctors are now viewing aging as a disease that can be treated and controlled, not as a natural decaying process we're all subject to undergo.

A remarkable amount of data has been compiled that indicates that many of the diseases that middle-aged men begin experiencing, including depression, abdominal weight gain, prostate and heart disease are directly related to hormone imbalances. Osteoporosis is just one of the risks men encounter passing through andropause that optimal levels of hormones will equip the body to combat. In fact, if the levels of testosterone, estrogen, thyroid, and DHEA were checked routinely as blood tests, many health problems could be eliminated by adjusting hormone levels instead of prescribing drugs to treat symptoms.

The “GOOD NEWS” is that with hormone replacement therapy there is NO reason to settle into an oversized body, decreased energy levels, mood swings and a host of age related diseases. A man can have stamina to be a husband, father, professional and sportsman late into his eighties and perhaps even later than that as new research and technology is developed.

Male Menopause

  • Less sudden onset than female menopause
  • Just as severe in long term consequences
  • Loss of drive and competitive edge
  • Stiffness and pain in muscles and joints
  • Decreased bio-available Testosterone
  • Decreased effectiveness of workouts
  • Falling level of fitness
Male Andropause   Female Menopause  
Testosterone -   Estrogen -
Body Fat +   Body Fat +
Well Being -   Well Being -
Sexual Function -   Sexual Function -
Cardiovascular Disease +   Cardiovascular Disease +
Osteoporosis +   Osteoporosis +
Prostate Cancer +   Breast Cancer +