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Menopause and Andropause - 3 Primary Differences Between Them

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

When we are young, we can't wait to get older and when we age we can’t imagine why we wanted to get older. Aging is a natural process that comes with a lot of changes, once such change belongs to hormones. Both men and women go through their own experiences while aging, hence it's important to learn what the other is going through and the difference between menopause and andropause.

What are menopause and andropause?

Menopause is a part of the natural process of aging in women, the onset of which happens when the menstrual cycle completely stops permanently. Menopause is diagnosed after 12 consecutive months of the missed menstrual cycle.

Until menopause is diagnosed, women go through a host of symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, etc which is called the premenopausal state. Once confirmed through blood tests for the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), Menopause may be diagnosed.

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Andropause in men is classified with declining levels of testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for facial hair, masculine voice, body hair, and muscle mass. However, in most probability, it starts after the age of 30 years and declines slowly almost at 1 - 2 % per year. The decrease of testosterone leads to andropause in men which is accompanied by thinning of hairline, depression, anxiety, mood swings, and loss of muscle mass.

Here are 3 main differences between menopause and andropause

Infertility in Menopause not in Andropause

Menopause marks the stage of infertility in women, which means that women physiologically can not have babies. However, in andropause men may have low testosterone levels but are not infertile and hence can induce pregnancy.

Hormones Production Declination

In both cases, there is declination in their respective hormonal levels, however, in menopause, the level of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and follicle-stimulating hormone fall rapidly within a year, hence ceasing pregnancy. The decline of testosterone is not as rapid as the hormones in women

Menopause for All, Andropause for Few

The onset of menopause is between the ages of 40 - 60 years, and inevitably all women have menopause whereas all men do not go through andropause. Whereas symptoms of Andropause only become evident in men when their testosterone levels go very low.

Whether going through Andropause or Menopause, you can naturally control the symptoms through lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and even supplements ( Available on FITAMIANT ). It's important for both men and women to be aware of their condition and the differences as well. It may prepare your ability to deal with it and also prepare you for what to expect in a timely manner. Always consult your doctor and stay abreast of your health.


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