Men have a hormonal alteration process called andropause in which changes in testosterone levels occur, a clear indication that time is passing.
Just as women reach the climacteric, that is to say menopause; Men also go through a period of loss of sexual potency, although not as marked and notorious as that of women.
But these decreased levels of testosterone do not necessarily imply that men can not father children as long as they produce enough sperm. That is, men do not have an age limit to procreate as is the case of women even being able to have children aged 70 or over, depending on each particular case.
As this process is not so noticeable, many men do not even realize that testosterone levels are decreasing, although the gradual loss of sexual potency is the main indicator.
A blood test is required to evaluate testosterone levels and make an accurate diagnosis.
What is Andropause?
When the male gonads that are responsible for generating testosterone are atrophied as time goes by and old age comes, the hormone is reduced in quantity and generates a series of changes that are somewhat imperceptible but have very marked and defined symptoms which we will detail below:
- Decreased muscle mass
- Decreased hairs on the body
- Lack of appetite
- Decreased sexual desire
- Decreased sexual performance
- Bone problems
Andropause does not necessarily disable man to father children. This condition may decrease sexual appetite and erections may be less strong, but even in the process of andropause, men may have children.
Andropause like menopause is not a disease so that we can not treat it as such and therefore has no cure. It is simply another process in the lives of people, in this case of men, who by a simple question of the passage of time, begin to see diminished their productions of testosterone.
There is also precocious andropause. This type of andropause occurs at an early age, when men should still have optimal testosterone production without all the logical consequences of andropause. In case you are not old enough to go through this process, it is necessary to consult with a urologist or an endocrinologist.