Men and women have been created with separate characteristics destined to fulfill their individual roles in this world. They have dissimilar emotional, psychological and physical qualities that distinguishes them from each other. Because of these dissimilarities both male and females have varying roles and lifestyles.
The aging process in men and women is also different. The men’s aging process Andropause is considerably different than Menopause which is the last aging cycle of women.
Andropause is a menopause like condition in men that marks the beginning of their aging system. And rightly so, it is often called as a male menopause. In this aging system, the production of two important hormones testosterone and dehydropiadrosterone starts decreasing. With this decrease comes the decrease in the number of the Leydig cell.
Testosterone is an important hormone. Its deficiency causes impotency and loss of libido. Amongst other problems it also leads to depression, fatigue, memory loss, insomnia, hot flushes, nervousness and inability to concentrate. This decrease in production of testosterone happens slowly over an extended period of time. Many researchers, however, have claimed that men never stop reproducing completely. The efficiency of this system surely decreases overtime but it continues to work. As the testosterone levels decline, men might have some periods of impotency but this is usually temporary and they can reproduce at a later age also.
Menopause, on the other hand is an aging condition seen in women. This is permanent in nature whereby the ovaries stop releasing essential hormones as well as ova. This leads to an end to the monthly periods in women. With this women also experience certain other problems such as breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, increased stress, mood swings, night sweats, hot flashes, forgetfulness etc. Menopause often leads to heart diseases as well as osteoporosis in women.
This shows a major difference between the two sexes. Women face permanent shut down of their reproductive system whereas men face a steady decline in their reproductive capability with age. Testosterone declines at a rate of 1 percent per year or 10 percent every decade after the age of 30. On the other hand women have a rapid onset of menopause usually at an average age of 51. They might experience early symptoms which will definitely affect their reproduction capability and sometimes the reproduction capability is completely affected because of an early age menopause that can happen as early as 35 years of age.
Andropause and Menopause are two important stages of a man’s and woman’s life respectively. Rather than a disease it is an announcement ending the fertile period of a man’s and woman’s life. Since with age the other functions and senses in human body deteriorate, thus the hormone production is also effected. With exercise and a healthy diet, many problems associated with this disease can be eliminated along with delaying the timing of andropause and menopause. For the people who are suffering from this condition medicines and therapy can make their life better.