At what stage of life are men’s and women’s brains more alike than they are different?

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 6:48 am

At what stage of life are men’s and women’s brains more alike than they are different? LB: Around age 60, our hormones are more equivalent. The woman has a little more testosterone and a lot lesses trogen, whereas the male has less testosterone and a little
more estrogen. Testosterone levels in men begin to decline between ages 40 and 60 as they go through andropause, [also called male menopause]. Men usually still have a greater sex drive than women do — but around 60, we’re as close as we’ll ever be in terms of the hormones that are running our brain circuits. So here’s one hypothesis: The reason some men become more patient or more willing to get closer as they age is because they have higher levels of estrogen, which stimulates the brain to make oxytocin, the cuddle hormone.

In addition to noticing these hormonal changes, we also have to recognize this:
Experience shapes the brain. The nature-nurture debate is dead because every experience we have — and especially those experiences we repeat — actually changes the brain’s circuitry. By the time we are 60, we’ve had a lot of life experiences — and those experiences have changed the architecture of the brain.

When you reject your partner’s sexual advances, you hit the guy more deeply than he will ever admit to you. If you’re going to turn him down, find a way to do it gently. It’s one of the most loving things you can do.


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