andropause(redirected from Male climacteric)
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Decreased function of male gonads with increasing age, analogous to female menopause.
andropause/an·dro·pause/ (an´dro-pawz) a variable complex of symptoms, including decreased Leydig cell numbers and androgen production, occurring in men after middle age, purported to be analogous to menopause in women.
The gradual decline in testosterone levels in middle-aged men, often accompanied by physiological changes such as fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased libido.
a change of life for males that may be expressed in terms of a career change, divorce, or reordering of life. It is associated with a decline in androgen levels that occurs in men during their late 40s or early 50s. Compare menopause.
Management Some data suggest that androgen replacement therapy may ameliorate andropause
andropauseMale climacteric, male menopause Endocrinology A constellation of changes that occur in older ♂, including ↓ libido, sexual performance, ↓ sperm quantity and quality, erectile dysfunction, frailty, ↓ muscle and bone mass, and ↑ body fat Clinical Hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, irritability, weakness, lethargy, ↓ lean body and bone mass, and impotence Management Some data suggest that androgen replacement therapy may ameliorate andropause. See Androgen replacement therapy, Midlife crisis.
A postulated decrease in function of male gonads with increasing age, analogous to menopause.