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The Secret Behind Male Menopause

Jun 1, 2008
Speak of menopause and by and large the first thoughts that enter your audience's minds are of women in the 45-55 year age range. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, men suffer from menopause just like women do, although their reasons for doing so may vary. In addition, familiarizing yourself with this condition also will help you deal with male menopause's symptoms which differ somewhat from the condition as it is experienced by women.

Most men report the symptoms of male menopause are not as severe as symptoms reported by those suffering from female menopause. Male menopause, referred to medically as Andropause, is linked to a decline in testosterone levels due to age. Those who suffer with male menopause claim their initial symptoms are very much like those felt by women.

Menopause symptoms usually connected to menopause are hot flashes, sudden and recurring episodes of sweating, tender mammary glands, and also a somewhat unstable libido. Andropause sufferers relate to these symptoms, although severity of the experience is a highly individualized experience. Physicians have found that individuals who take note of the frequency of symptoms and their severity generally seek treatment with higher success rates.

Sadly, most men don't talk often about Andropause and a multitude of men don't even know the condition exists. Sometimes men become clued into the condition when they or their doctor becomes concerned because Andropause symptoms mimic those associated with kidney and liver disease. Of course, although they may recognize unusual symptoms, men often will not seek out medical help due to fear.

Americans will concur that menopause can be quite bothersome to deal with. The search for relief led to the emergence of popular herbal medicines that are supposed to treat hormonal changes in sufferers. However, it should be noted that these herbs may treat symptoms, but are not a cure for menopause.

It's wise for men and women to talk about herbal supplementation with their family doctor, before using them. This is most important due to the fact that some herbal supplements counteract the effects of medications you may regularly take. Some combinations of herbs and prescription medications can be dangerous or even fatal. Asking a doctor before using herbs can prevent a bad situation.

Treated with simple testosterone replacement therapy, Andropause can be controlled with great success. The replacement therapy mimics female hormone replacement therapy. Those suffering with male or female menopause, report replacement therapy is a very effective means of controlling and relieving the symptoms that come with menopause.

Male menopause treatment plans can also include therapy or counseling sessions, especially when the condition affects libido. A problem with sex is the number one reason for divorce in couples over the age of 50. It can be challenging for men to feel sa if they're losing their manhood during male menopause, however with therapy they can better understand their condition.
About the Author
Sarah Trinity is a freelance writer who specializes in the research associated with finding a natural menopause cure.
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