Do men have a menopause?


No. The word means literally ‘end of the periods’ – and men do not have periods.

However, they do have a form of mid-life climacteric – a change that in some ways mimics the female experience. They may become aware of their aging and become depressed by it. They may become anxious about their sexual prowess, and become either sexually more active, even promiscuous, or lose their drive altogether. Anxiety about work, growing children and future activity are just some of the things which could lead to depressive illness.

The only possible treatment is to deal with the anxieties as they arise, coming to terms with the inevitability of change as life goes on.