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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Andropause: Let's Get Ourselves Clued In!

Andropause, a topic I've spoken of frequently on my radio show and posted here on the blog in the past, continues to be a topic far too many men and women still know very little of. Partially because if menopause used to be (and still is to some extent) the big taboo, andropause - or at least what it implies, i.e., the waning of male sexuality some time in the 50´s, occasionally even earlier, but definitely in the 60's - is an even greater taboo, at least for many people, simply because most men are unwilling to be the one to say that this is affecting them, as long as other men aren't saying the same thing.

While menopause implies the loss of fertility and brings on a host of physiological and psychological symptoms, andropause implies the loss of virility, or rather, the loss of strong, easy sexuality, creating an enormous amount of tension, stress, insecurity, and fear in men, and also brings on a host of physiological and psychological symptoms.

I have posted here several articles about bio-identical hormones and conscious aging in order to circumvent false notions and also to help readers understand that much can be done. While women generally are not interested in continuing to bear children after menopause, they are nevertheless interested in continuing to feel good, vital, and full of energy, and to have richly fulfilled sex lives, and while men may continue to father children after andropause, often pointing to that as proof of their virility, they are, in fact, much more interested in reviving their frequently fading libido, in continuing to feel good, vital, and full of energy, and to have richly fulfilled sex lives.

In essence, both want something highly similar.

I have decided to post four current press articles today, that address the issue of andropause, and particularly the fact that most men are still unaware of it, what it really means, and what can be done about it.

Andropause is the male version of menopause. It occurs when there's a major drop in hormones, which wreaks havoc on a man's health, but there are some easy, effective ways to treat it.

Bobby Huerta, 43, knew something was wrong when he began to feel increasingly tired and grumpy.

"I was like a little old man. Cranky sometimes, and the fatigue was incredible," Huerta said. "I'd wake up in the morning feeling OK, but by noon, I was just worn out." read more

A 44-year-old South Florida professional thought some symptoms were just signs of middle age."I was feeling fatigue and depression, especially in the afternoons," the person says. "By 8 p.m., I couldn't get off the couch. But when it was time to sleep, I couldn't."

A 40-something woman seeking medical help for those symptoms would most likely be told she was going through menopause. But in this case, the patient was Fred Thompson, an otherwise healthy man who wasn't quite sure what was going on.

"I thought maybe it was depression, but I didn't want to just start taking antidepressants," Thompson says. After seeking medical evaluation, he was diagnosed with andropause, also known as the male menopause. read more

It was Freud who said men have an Oedipus complex and women envy a certain male organ. The description of one who overly loves his mother comes from the Greek myth of the young man who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. But what if the myth were missing the message and the headlines revealed the following instead?

"There is breaking news out of Greece today. According to mythical sources, Oedipus, the Greek king of Thebes who was once convicted and sentenced to life with a complex of overloving his mother, has come forth with a motive for killing his father and then marrying his mother.

Apparently, he was just trying to borrow her hormone replacement patch. Doctors close to the family say King Oedipus has been struggling with an insufferable hormonal imbalance, a condition called andropause, commonly known as male menopause."

Modern male jettisons his Freudian taleFreud would be fuming to find his mythical King Oedipus testosterone-deficient and organ envy turned hormone replacement envy. It seems men have watched from the sidelines long enough as their female counterparts run by in droves for hormone replacement injections, gels, patches and pills, all promising to perk up what Mother Nature has profoundly pruned.

In fact, 25 million American men between 40 and 55 are experiencing some degree of male menopause, according to Male Menopause by California psychotherapist Jed Diamond. In his book, Diamond explains that male menopause, scientifically known as andropause, is characterized by a loss of testosterone (the hormone that makes men ... men), resulting in a type of "reverse puberty." As if men weren't immature enough! read more

Ask any man whether they get as moody as women and you'll likely get the same answer, absolutely not. And if they do get moody, it's the women that make them so. When women feel stressed they may blame a lot of things, work, the kids, or the messy house. But what may cause a man to be moody may actually be the same problem in many women, hormones.

You see them in the movies and most women probably say they've seen it in real life too: moody men. Mike Brown is a personal trainer. If anyone should be feeling well he ought to. He works out daily and eats a healthy, well balanced diet. But he wasn't able to make it through the day without a nap. He'd get grumpy, tired and irritable. Mike Brown says, "The biggest frustration with me was just the constant fatigue, the waves of fatigue I would get throughout the day, pretty much daily." Mike kept visiting doctors to find out what was wrong but everything checked out okay. Brown says, "I just thought that was part of life.

You work hard. You work your shift. You work hard. You go home in the middle of the day and you take a little nap so you can keep going. I just thought everybody had to do that."

Finally he saw Dr. Robert Jones who knew exactly what the matter was. It's something many men begin to suffer once they pass the age of 35 or 40. Dr. Jones says, "we refer to it as andropause. That's like menopause in women. It's andropause in men." read more

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