men and menopause


Do Men Experience Menopause Too? Is Male Menopause A Thing?

Yes, there is a recognised biological process known as male menopause or andropause. However, it should be noted that male menopause is controversial, and not all experts believe it exists. Indeed, the UK’s NHS describes the terms andropause or male menopause as misleading. And Family Doctor states there is “ongoing debate as to whether male …

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Menopause and Men: A Heartfelt Letter To My Male Partner

Dear You, I need to talk to you about something I’m going through. It’s called menopause. And it’s making me experience all sorts of symptoms like hot flushes, night sweats and a lack of sexual desire. It’s also making me feel irritable at best and rage at worst as well as depressed and anxious. I’ve …

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.