At Misters, we have been getting this question a lot. Our answer, 'it is, and it is not.' Not because we like a touch of mysticism, which we do, but because that is the most honest answer.

First the, 'it is,' part. There are changes in the male body with age, just as menopause is linked to changes in the female body with age. In both cases there is a key hormone at play, testosterone for men, and oestrogen for women. In both cases the impact is not on sexual function alone. Male ageing can manifest itself in terms of increased anxiety, stress and irritability, drop in muscle mass and strength, and sleep difficulties.

Now for the, 'it is not,' part. The changes women go through are much more dramatic. The drop is more cliff-like. Precipitous. The drop in testosterone level among men is more gradual. It peaks in early adulthood, and then steadily declines. The decline itself increases with age, and is estimated at 1% every year in the forties. However, given its incremental nature, its impact is not felt as dramatically. Also, a number of men can function just as well as they did with this decline. However, a number also feel what are called ageing male symptoms (AMS) that can be rather annoying.

Hey! Guess what? You can find out how you are doing on this front by taking the quiz right here. Not only will you get to see scores that indicate how you are doing on various parameters of male ageing, your results are also indexed to those of other men who have also taken the quiz. And it takes four minutes, tops!

The male ageing self-assessment