The Truth About Menopause For Men

The Truth About Menopause For Men

People often use words like "manopause" and "andropause" to refer to the reduction in testosterone levels that causes symptoms in men similar to those experienced by women during menopause. The fact that doctors haven't coined a term for the phenomenon doesn't make it any less real, according to Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, a urologist and author of The Truth About Men And Sex.

"Menopause is when the ovaries stop working at a certain age. Hormones drop. Happens to every single woman eventually. In men, it only happens to some men, but testosterone levels do decline and there are a lot of men 50-plus and even younger where their levels drop and they get symptoms, and it sounds a lot like menopause," Morgentaler told HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd on Tuesday.

Some of those symptoms include a lower sex drive, brittle bones and a cranky attitude, as well as changes in personal fitness patterns.

"Testosterone also affects muscle and fat. Estrogen with women is a little different, but men will notice that their workouts aren't as productive. Even if they're dieting and exercising, they may get a little extra fat around the middle," Morgentaler said.

Morgentaler most often discovers "manopause" in patients who come in with concerns about their libido. The good news, he said, is that hormone treatments to increase testosterone levels are successful in 80 percent of men.

Watch Morgentaler's explanation of menopause for men in the video above, and click here to get his take on penis size, Viagra and more in the full HuffPost Live conversation.

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