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How quickly does male "menopause" happen?

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Unlike menopause in women, when hormone production stops completely, testosterone decline in men is a slower process. The testes, unlike the ovaries, do not run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy man may be able to make sperm well into his 80s or later.

But because of disease, subtle changes in the testes may happen as early as ages 45 to 50 and more dramatically after the age of 70 in some men.

From: Male "Menopause" WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MSNBC: "Male Menopause Out of the Closet."

WebMD Feature: "Menopause: Not Just For Women."

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: "Male menopause: Myth or reality?"

womenshealth.gov: "Aging Male Syndrome."

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: "Testosterone therapy: Can it help older men feel young again."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Aging changes in the male reproductive system."

UpToDate: "Sexual dysfunction in older adults" and "Sexual Function in Late Life, Men."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

MSNBC: "Male Menopause Out of the Closet."

WebMD Feature: "Menopause: Not Just For Women."

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: "Male menopause: Myth or reality?"

womenshealth.gov: "Aging Male Syndrome."

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: "Testosterone therapy: Can it help older men feel young again."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Aging changes in the male reproductive system."

UpToDate: "Sexual dysfunction in older adults" and "Sexual Function in Late Life, Men."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

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