Does the word 'men' in 'menopause' have anything to do with men? 'Yes', say health researchers.
Menopause, known to be associated with women, can also strike men, portraying some common symptoms.
Medically termed as 'Andropause', the condition can cause men over the age of 65 to experience fatigue and irritation, accompanied by a reduced sex drive. Men can also gain weight during this period.
The symptoms are caused due to the changes taking place in the levels of sex hormones. Gradual fall in the levels of testosterone could cause men to experience menopausal symptoms.
Andropause or male menopause does not affect fertility, like it does for women, where the dip in the levels of estrogen and progesterone affects reproduction. The ovaries also call it a day during this period.
In the absence of research to prove male menopause, Professor John McKinley, of the New England Research Institute has advised men with such symptoms to step up their physical activity and also alter their diet. Medication may be quite unnecessary in Prof. McKinley's estimate.