Menopause is a well-knownchange that happens to women. It’swhen a woman’s menstrual cyclepermanently stops, thereby markingthe end of her fertility. Average ageof onset is 51, and symptoms includechanges in periods, hot flashes andmood swings.
“Manopause” or andropause, onthe other hand, is not such an obviousshift for men, although manopause isan increasingly popular term.
“There isn’t clear consensus in
the medical community whether
such a thing occurs,” says Dr. David
Keegan, associate professor in family
medicine at the University of Calgary.
“Menopause is a part of life that
women will invariably go through,
but is there the same kind of major
transition for men? No, I’ve never
Manopause generally refers to a
drop in testosterone levels as a man
ages. It’s linked to symptoms such as
lower levels of energy, muscle mass
and sex drive, as well as reduced
While testosterone decline doesoccur as men age, the degree towhich this happens and when isunclear. “Over time, the average man
Manopause not the end of male fertility
But a drop in testosterone can lower energy, muscle mass and sex drive
A change in testosterone may be more than a function of illness or aging.