Understanding Menopause: A Comprehensive Guide to Midlife Transition for Men and Women ②

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Menopause is a phenomenon experienced by both men and women, though the symptoms and their causes vary. Below, we will detail menopause disorders in men and women from a physiological and anatomical perspective.

Menopause in Women

For women, menopause is a critical period in the life cycle, akin to spring. It is primarily caused by a decrease in estrogen due to reduced ovarian function. This hormonal decline can lead to irregular menstrual cycles and ultimately menopause, the final menstrual period. Estrogen affects various aspects of a woman’s body, including bone health, cardiovascular function, skin elasticity, and vaginal lubrication, so its decrease can cause a wide range of symptoms.

Mechanisms of symptoms from a physiological and anatomical perspective:

  • Hot Flashes: The decrease in estrogen can make the hypothalamus, which regulates body temperature, overly sensitive, causing incorrect responses to temperature changes.
  • Decreased Bone Density: Estrogen plays a role in inhibiting bone resorption and promoting bone formation. A lack of estrogen can lead to decreased bone density and an increased risk of osteoporosis.
  • Vaginal Dryness: Estrogen is important for maintaining the health and lubrication of the vaginal walls, so its decrease can cause vaginal dryness and discomfort.

Male Menopause (Andropause)

In men, this condition is sometimes referred to as “male menopause” or “andropause.” The decrease in sex hormones like testosterone is not as abrupt as in women but occurs gradually in middle age. This decrease can lead to symptoms such as reduced energy, libido, mood swings, and muscle mass reduction.

Mechanisms of symptoms from a physiological and anatomical perspective:

  • Decreased Energy: Testosterone is important for muscle development and energy metabolism. Its decrease can lead to reduced muscle strength and overall energy levels.
  • Reduced Libido: Testosterone directly affects male libido, so its decrease can lead to reduced sexual desire.
  • Psychological Impact: The decrease in testosterone can affect mood swings and symptoms of depression.

Differences Between Men and Women

The biggest difference in menopause disorders between men and women lies in the speed of progression and the type of symptoms. In women, menopause changes are relatively concentrated over a few years, and the symptoms are more pronounced and predictable. In contrast, in men, the decrease in hormone levels progresses slowly over decades, and symptoms can vary greatly from person to person.

It is crucial to consult a doctor and adjust treatments and lifestyle habits to cope with these symptoms and changes. Hormone replacement therapy, exercise, improved nutrition, and stress management are among the many effective measures.

Continued in ③ Overcoming Menopause: The Role of Lifestyle Improvements and Aesthetic Services ③

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