‘Andropause’: Some call it menopause for men. It’s controversial and complicated, experts say.

Most people, especially women, understand what menopause is. But is there such a thing for men?

“The general feeling was that men don’t go through a change of life that’s hormonally based, that only women go through that,” says Jed Diamond, director of the health program MenAlive and author of “Surviving Male Menopause: A Guide for Women and Men.” But in his 40 years of health research, he found men, too, can go through significant changes later in life that come with a decrease in testosterone.

It’s called “andropause,” a condition affecting men above the age of 40. It describes a range of physical, physiological and emotional symptoms as testosterone production levels decrease with age.

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