Testosterone belongs to a group of family of hormones called androgen. These hormones help the development of male characteristics, which includes the development of sexual characteristics, deep voices, facial and body hair, as well as muscle mass. Just like menopause in women, Andropause is a condition associated with aging men. It is characterized with the decrease in the male hormone testosterone. Unlike menopause, it does not show sudden symptoms, but takes a gradual and long period of time to set in. Research has shown that about 30% of men in their 50s will experience some symptoms of andropause.
Andropause is a natural part of the aging process in men. Researches have shown that 10% testosterone decreases every decade after the age of 30.
Andropause is not recognized by the World Health Organization as a disorder, which has caused a lot of debate throughout the medical world. Here is what you need to know about andropause:
1. Low libido or low sex drive: Testosterone is responsible for sex drive in men. The brain contains nerves that stimulate the testosterone and cause the release of nitric oxide which relaxes the muscles of the penis and cause erection due to the flow of blood. When the level of testosterone lowers because of andropause, it lowers libido and sex drive.
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