Testosterone declines by up to 2.6% per year beginning at age 40. Is yours declining? You may be able to tell if you have male menopause symptoms by using validated questionnaires. Yet, there is no substitute for measuring your actual levels. Two questionnaires, the Aging Male Symptoms (AMS) scale and the Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male (ADAM) questionnaire, are often used to screen for male menopause symptoms, however they are not a substitute for testing but can serve as a guide to determine if you need to have your testosterone, androgen and other hormone levels checked.
Male menopause symptoms from the ADAM scale are:
- Decrease in libido or sex drive
- Lack of energy
- Decrease in strength and/or endurance
- Lost height
- Decreased enjoyment of life
- Sad and grumpy
- Erections are less strong
- Recent deterioration in ability to play sports
- Falling asleep after dinner
- Recent deterioration in work performance
If you answered yes to 1 or 7 or any 3 other questions, you have male menopause symptoms and it is likely you may have a deficiency in testosterone or other hormone imbalance. It is best to have your levels tested by a physician who has expertise in anti aging and functional medicine.
Other male menopause symptoms from the AMS questionnaire are:
- Joint pain or muscle ache
- Excessive sweating
- Sleep problems
- Increased need for sleep
- Depressive mood
- Feeling you have passed your peak
- Feeling burned out, having hit rock bottom
- Decrease in the ability to perform sexually
- Decrease in the number of morning erections
A decline in androgens and testosterone is associated with chronic illness and decrease in the quality of life. Male menopause symptoms can be psychological, physical, and sexual and may be indicative of a hormone imbalance or other underlying illness. If you have 3 or more of these symptoms, get a thorough evaluation. You can live with vigor and vitality again if you take action.