Men who fear they are going through the ‘manopause’ could be at risk of problems in their love lives, an expert claims.
Middle-aged men who simply believe low testosterone will hit their libido could end up less interested in sex.
They may also suffer erectile dysfunction as a psychological response to worrying about the male menopause.
Allan Pacey, professor of andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: ‘This label of the male menopause creates the expectation that every man will go through it. Some of the symptoms are hormone-related but some are influenced by psychology.’
Speaking at an event on male fertility organised by the Progress Educational Trust in Edinburgh this month, he added: ‘A common question that I am often asked is about the existence of the male menopause.
‘In this regard, let me be quite clear – it doesn’t exist.’
The fertility expert used Charlie Chaplin, who had his youngest son at 73, as evidence that the male menopause is a myth, saying that men latch on to the idea because they are getting older and ‘clearly do not like it’.
His comments come amid warnings that men taking testosterone to regain their youthful energy could increase their risk of heart attack and stroke. Prescriptions for male ‘HRT’ leapt by 20 per cent between 2012 and 2016, and this can damage men’s fertility.
The British Fertility Society conference heard last year that the hormone is being increasingly misused as a ‘lifestyle drug’ by men who are convinced that they have hit the ‘manopause’.