Is There Such a Thing?
Is there such a thing as male menopause and can its symptoms be successfully treated with synthetic testosterone? Not necessarily, says the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB). Unlike female menopause, where estrogen levels fall dramatically, testosterone levels in males drop about 1 to 2 percent a year after the age of 40. However, says DTB, low testosterone is not a consequence of aging. Half of men in their 80s have testosterone levels that fall within the normal range. In addition, low testosterone levels do not necessarily produce symptoms. DTB also questions the benefit of hormone therapy in treating symptoms commonly thought to be associated with male menopause including depression and low sexual function which also appear in men with normal testosterone levels.