Many Japanese men suffer from post-pandemic menopause
Companies that provide support services to postmenopausal female employees do not have the same system for men.
The number of men visiting outpatient medical facilities has increased, in part due to the negative effects of the pandemic.
A 45-year-old man from Tokyo’s Nerima ward was on fire and dizzy.
At first, he thought it was a symptom of neurological disorders that had been diagnosed at a psychiatric clinic before.
Sometimes he felt so dizzy that he couldn’t stand and had to quit his job because his health didn’t allow it.
Although he has visited specialists in internal medicine and neurosurgery, he has not been able to find the cause of this problem.
It wasn’t until last year that a psychiatrist said it was likely he had male menopause.
He went for a check-up at the hospital in December and was diagnosed with the disease.
“I had the usual symptoms so it was difficult to determine the cause on my own,” the man said.
Aging and stress cause the amount of male hormone (testosterone) to be reduced, leading to symptoms such as fatigue and insomnia.
Testosterone plays an important role in overall health, regardless of gender.
This hormone is often prescribed with a prescription to treat hypogonadism in postmenopausal women. It is also important in post-transgender care.