Manopause

Manopause
A definition

A psychological condition in which a Middle Aged Man appears to have lost his mind...
Driving everyone around him insane with his crabbiness, irrationality, and bad temper.

The condition is thought to be brought on by the realisation that old age is just around the corner.

Symptoms include:
Frequent reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”, cranky, judgmental attitudes,and a closed minded approach to anything new.
He will probably exhibit a "blame everyone else" approach when he is in the wrong.

The condition is difficult to cure and almost always progresses into oldtimers disease.


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Recognize this guy?

We've all heard about Mid-life crisis or the Manopause or male menopause. But what exactly is it?

Well for a start Mid-life crisis and Manopause are TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.

The mid-life crisis is an emotional event which sometimes happens to men in their late thirties or early forties.

Manopause is a physical condition which occurs usually from about 45 to 55.

In fact Manopause isn't the right word.

Why?

There is no such thing as a male menopause.

Because, menopause is the cessation of reproductive ability.
This only happens to women.
Men can go on, reproductively speaking, indefinitely.

The oldest man to have fathered a child was in his late eighties.
(I'm sure he was a very handsome, and sprightly squillionare)

What we do know is that men start to lose Bio available testosterone, (Which is basically freely circulating testosterone.)
at a rate of about one percent per year after the age of thirty.

This is because, after the age of thirty we experience a rise in a hormone called Sex Binding Hormone Globulin, or SHBG.

SHBG binds or attaches to hormones, and carries them to different receptor sites on cell membranes throughout your body, where they can be utilized in different ways.
The effect it has depends on which hormone it binds to. In this case Testosterone.

This loss of 'free' Testosterone is known as Andropause.
Which is what we should be calling the Manopause

What does testosterone do?

Testosterone is an important hormone that has an effect on your whole body.
It's produced in your testes, and in the adrenal glands, and is to men what estrogen is to women (Its what makes us little boys as opposed to little girls).

Testosterone is essential for normal sexual behavior and producing erections.
It affects many metabolic activities such as production of blood cells in the bone marrow, bone formation, it also helps to build protein, and metabolize carbohydrates and lipids (fats)

It also has a role in the functioning of your liver.


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So if your levels of usable testosterone are declining,then its a reasonable assumption that you will have some decline in the functions which need testosterone.
(simples)

Resulting in:

  • Lower sex drive
  • Reduced muscle mass and strength
  • Increased body fat
  • Emotional, psychological, and behavioral changes



All 'Symptoms' of middle age.

But because we all have different levels of Testosterone.
We will experience these symptoms to a greater or lesser degree.

One of the best descriptions of manopause I have heard is...

The dilemma of the archetypal middle-aged male.

"The hormone production levels are dropping.
The head is balding, the sexual vigour is diminishing

The stress is unending the children are leaving,
the parents are dying, the job horizons are narrowing.

The friends are having their first heart attack;

The past floats by in a fog of hopes not realised.
Opportunities not grasped, women not bedded, potentials not fulfilled

and the future is a confrontation with ones own mortality".

Depressin innit.

But does it have to be?

Remember...

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."

We need to understand that Andropause symptoms, are just the result of a series of changes that are going to happen whether we like it or not.
Just like puberty. Remember THAT?

Living with Andropause

Testosterone Therapy

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