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AARP: Yes, Men, There Is Manopause

Women aren’t the only ones who suffer from hormonal changes in middle age, leading to weight gain, crankiness and changes in their sex lives. Men have their own version, dubbed male menopause or, as some experts are calling it, “manopause.” (Your doctor is probably going to call it “andropause” or “hypogonadism,” but where’s the fun in that?) Unlike women, men experience hormonal changes gradually over many years, starting at about age 40, writes sexuality counselor and author Ian Kerner for A man’s testosterone slowly begins to decline at that age, reaching about 50 percent less by the time he is 80/Candy Sagon, AARP. More here.

Question: So when I'm grumpy in the morning, can I blame it on 'manopause' instead of lack of sleep?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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