What is male menopause?
There is no medical diagnosis for so-called male menopause. It’s actually a misnomer for a gradual decline in testosterone as a man enters his 50s. The name was coined because many of the symptoms of low testosterone or low T, share the spotlight with certain female menopausal symptoms.
The various signs and symptoms of low T, which some people have labelled male menopause, include hot flashes, moodiness, loss of muscle mass, and dry, thin skin.
Depression and fatigue may also set in as a result of a change in male hormone levels, which is also a classic symptom of female menopause symptoms and a change in estrogen levels.
Why testosterone is so important to counter “male menopause symptoms”
A good level of testosterone is necessary for the following reasons:
- It plays a major role in maintaining sex drive and function. Low T can make it difficult to get or maintain an erection.
- Testosterone helps to regulate your mood and keeps anxiety and depression at bay. Common symptoms of depression include persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, and emptiness, magnified by low T symptoms.
- Reduces stress and anxiety, as you may have begun to feel that you have lost control of your life, and your emotions.
- As estrogen does in women, testosterone helps the body maintain healthy energy levels. Low T may cause you to struggle to find the energy to manage your normal activities.
- Helps to prevent confusion and memory loss.
In older men, some of these symptoms in older males may be of a medical nature, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or even diabetes. A visit to the doctor, who will order blood tests, the results of which, can determine what the actual issue is.
Medical treatments might include hormonal therapy, or antidepressant drugs – both of which may present side effects to cope with. Experts agree that lifestyle habits play a big part in reducing and controlling the symptoms, especially if they are interfering with your normal life. You doctor may advise you to embrace a healthy lifestyle, follow a healthy diet, and get plenty of exercise.
If you are a smoker or a drinker, cutting down or giving up, can help to slow down the decline of testosterone. Although the changes might sound easy, it is easier said than done.
Making life changes needs motivation. If you are down in the dumps, anxious and depressed, motivation is a huge mountain to climb – without help!
Some new studies have revealed that hypnotherapy may help with certain of the conditions, like fear of what is happening in your body, which is resulting in stress and anxiety.
How hypnotherapy can help
The lack of motivation originates in the subconscious mind which entertains all the negative thoughts that trigger fear and anxiety. Hypnotherapy, when you are in a relaxed state, is able to access the subconscious mind, and eliminate the negativity which prevents motivation to make changes in lifestyle.
Reducing negativity and stress improves your hormonal balance and mood. If you feel relaxed and happy, studies have shown that you are far less likely to be distressed by bothersome symptoms.
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