A man's lack of sexual drive is usually the first change you notice. But there are other clues; fatigue, depression, irritability, loss of strength. If you know someone like that, it's not fair to think he's becoming a grumpy old man. Because those are actually the signs of male menopause except in men, it's called andropause. And it doesn't just affect the man. The symptoms affect the whole family.
"They effect the spouse or the children or the grand-children, might be a better one. And so if there is a way of treating this so that men feel better in their later years, it would make everyone happy," said Dr. Bernhard Mittemeyer the a TTUHSC Urologist and Dean of the Medical School.
Dr. Mittemeyer says since men begin losing one percent of testosterone every year after age thirty, by age sixty, they've lost a third of that male hormone. So, we have a quiz tonight for men to determine if they might be going through male menopause and could be helped by medication.
Just answer yes or no.
-Do you have a decrease in your sex drive?
-Do you have a lack of energy?
-Do you have a decrease in strength or endurance?
-Have you lost height?
-Have you noticed less of enjoyment in life?
-Are you sad or grumpy?
-Are your erections less strong?
-Have you noticed a recent drop in your ability to play sports?
-Are you falling asleep after dinner?
-Have you seen a recent deterioration in your work performance?
If you answered yes three or more times, you should ask your doctor about treatment for male menopause. But before you call your doctor, you might want to attend a special class here at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center on Wednesday. Dr. Mittemeyer is the guest speaker in a program on male menopause. Just go to the academic classroom which is that big building on the west side of the HSC at 3601 4th street. This wednesday at 4:00pm.