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Men do not go through the same inevitable changes in midlife as women do, but declining hormone levels can still have a big impact in later life for many men. Androgen deficiency in men can cause symptoms that have just as big an impact on everyday life as the female menopause. It is therefore important to seek help if you think that you are affected by testosterone deficiency.

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Why Androgen Deficiency Is Not the Same as Menopause

An androgen deficiency happens when the levels of the male hormone testosterone drop below normal. This is similar to what happens to women in midlife, but unlike the menopause it is not an inevitable part of the ageing process for men. It doesn’t happen to every man and it isn’t something that happens at a particular age. The drop in hormone levels tends to be more gradual in men than in women, although it depends on the cause of the problem. When androgen deficiency in men is linked to the ageing process, it usually begins at about the age of 30 and then continues slowly.

How Testosterone Deficiency Affects You

If you are affected by a testosterone deficiency, it can cause a range of different symptoms such as reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, depression and weight gain. If you are experiencing these kinds of symptoms, it is a good idea to consult a doctor to find out the cause. The doctor will be able to check your hormone levels and rule out any other possible causes. Once the diagnosis of a testosterone deficiency has been confirmed, you will be able to discuss the treatment options. Despite the differences, androgen deficiency in men can be treated in a similar way to the female menopause. Testosterone replacement therapy can restore the levels of this hormone to normal so that the symptoms disappear.