PORTLAND -- Women may not be the only ones suffering from menopause. Doctors have noticed male patients reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience during "the change."
"I would simply say that you're going through a change in life and I think both men and women do that," said Portland resident Gunner Ingraham.
"Whether it's a hormonal thing that causes it, or just aging," said Randall Lloyd, who was visiting Portland, "It'd be hard to tell the two apart, right?"
Doctors have said women may not be alone in experiencing menopause.
"Maybe for women it should be 'womenopause' and for men it should be 'menopause,'" said Dr. Ken Weizer of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
While women experience a sudden change of hormones and body changes, Weizer says it's rarely like that with men.
"It's a very, very long, slow thing," he told KGW. "It's thought to start in their 30s and maybe decline in terms of overall hormones about one percent per year."
It's that gradual drop in testosterone, called an androgen decline, that has doctors viewing this life-stage as male menopause.
"So, it's just emerging," Weizer said. "And it's complicated."
"My understanding is if you work out as you get older it increases your level of testosterone so that over the course of time you can maintain lean muscle mass and hopefully be healthier," said Dave Trabucco of St. Helens.
Weizer confirmed the idea, saying treatment comes down to exercising and eating right.
"If you can feel better by doing simple lifestyle things, that's a good way to start," he said.
Weizer said other options can have negative effects. Hormone Replacement Therapy, for example, could worsen cancer for men, as it does with women.
Because of that, he said men should definitely talk with their doctors. He said lifestyle changes are really the best bet to help with the so-called male menopause.