Adulthood Changes in Men and Woman Sexually

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In regards to the comparison of female menopause and male climacteric, there are various differences between the two. However, both share similar qualities when looking at the male/female later mid-age stage of life. Female menopause is referred to as a woman’s final menstruation period. It is “a time in which women undergoes physiological changes, typically ranging from 2-5 years” (Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman, 2010). According to Chapter 10 in, “Understanding Human Behavior and The Social Environment”, the author states that menopause is caused by a decrease in the production of estrogen and typically begins from the age 36 to 51 years of age (Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman, 2010). Symptoms can range from skipped periods, irregularity of blood flow, and timing of periods becoming further apart. During menopause, women frequently begin to experience hot flashes which can cause insomnia, loss of hair, breast losing firmness and loss of size, gain weight, body contour change, itchiness, headaches, psychological reactions, etc. In comparison to females, male climacteric can range from the ages of 35-60 years of age. According to Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman (2010) it is a time in a man’s life that is termed a midlife crisis. This is a period in which men often begin to evaluate every aspect of their life. Whether or not they are truly happy, men begin to experience depression, nervousness, decreased sexual activity, decreased memory, fatigue, self-confidence, loss of interest, etc. However, according to Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman (2010) one noticeable factor is men still have the ability to reproduce while females cannot. Nevertheless, it seems male climacteric is caused by a combination of biological and psychological factors. Main factor being, the gradually decrease testosterone, which is a natural produced hormone. Men also begin to develop changes in the heart, prostate,

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