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Etymology: L, mas, male, men, month; Gk, pauein, to cease
a late middle-age psychogenic condition affecting some men, who experience anxiety over diminished potency, increased fatigue, thinning and graying hair, and other signs of aging. Also called male climacterium.
male menopauseA popular term for the male equivalent of menopause, which occurs with increased age and is attributed to blunting of hypothalamic-pituitary feedback loop, sensitivity to androgenic hormones, decreased Leydig cell mass, decreased serum testosterone, decreased testicular function, decreased mental and physical components of sexual arousal, decreased ejaculatory force, decreased semen volume and viscosity, decreased urethral and prostatic contractions, and increased sexual refractory periods.
Hot flushes, insomnia, irritability, diminished libido, impotence, fatigue, depression, poor ability to concentrate, increased body fat, and decreased bone and muscle mass, energy and fertility.