Men over 50 must deal with changes in their bodies just like women deal with changes in their bodies. However , calling what men over 50 go through menopause is incorrect.
Hormone changes are a natural part of aging for both men and women. However, unlike the more dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that occurs in women during menopause, sex hormone changes in men occur gradually — over a period of many years.
In fact, for men the changes begin much earlier in life than they do for women, usually around age 30. Beginning at about 30, men lose roughly one percent of their testosterone level every year. Conversely, in women, ovulation ends and hormone production plummets during a relatively short time.
And while for women the effects are so sudden that menopause is often referred to as “the change”, for men, changes in sexual function, energy level or mood tend to be subtle and might go unnoticed for years.
So how do we refer to so-called male menopause?
Are you satisfied with your body?
Wow, that question opens a big can of worms. If you’re seriously into fitness, the answer “no, I’m not satisfied” may come more easily as most in this category accept constructive criticism as healthy and necessary to goal attainment of a more perfect body.
Others, however, may feel differently and may either shy away from critical physical assessments or may simply say they accept themselves as they are. However, some recent research suggests something much deeper going on.
We judge our bodies mostly by how we think we’re viewed by the opposite sex, according to several recent studies. And although several factors contribute to our body self-image, foremost is the desire for power over the opposite sex. Following are six ways body image can affect us according to one survey:
1) Size – Men perceive large physical size as powerful, while women see being smaller and more petite as better for obtaining power and influence over the opposite sex.
2) Satisfaction – Men generally are more satisfied with their appearance and see themselves as attractive to women, even when they’re not in great shape, while women were generally less satisfied with their appearance and desiring to improve it to gain power over men.
3) Social Pressure – Women feel social pressure to look attractive in order to gain power more than men do as popular culture tends to focus more on glorification of the perfect female body and appearance.
4) Motivation – Women are generally more motivated to change their appearance by what men think, while men are more motivated by what they think of themselves, suggesting that men tend to already see themselves with the inherent upper hand.
5) Height – Both men and women agree that the man should be taller than the woman in a relationship, and that the reverse has a negative impact on the relationship’s power structure, i.e. both the taller woman and the shorter man would have less power over the opposite sex.
6) Physical Standards – Women are generally less concerned about physicality and more concerned about femininity as a power lever over the opposite sex, while men were more concerned a strong physical appearance and overall presence.