Andropause, also known as male menopause is the result of a gradual drop in testosterone which is an androgen. When andropause occurs, it is considered to be a deficiency state in which the hormone testosterone goes below the normal range for an aging male. It is caused by the reduction of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone in middle-aged men. Testosterone assists the male body in building protein and it is crucial for normal sexual drive and stamina.
This drop in testosterone levels is considered to lead to in some cases erectile dysfunction, diabetes, loss of energy and concentration, depression and mood swings. While andropause does not cause a man’s reproductive system to stop working altogether, many experience symptoms of impotence.