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Familiarizing Yourself with Male Menopause

Jun 8, 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.

The symptoms of male menopause have been reported by men as not being quite as severe as the symptoms women undergo during menopause. Andropause, the clinical name for male menopause, has been linked to the testosterone decline in men as they age. Those who go through male menopause often describe symptoms that are similar to those initially described by women going through menopause.

Common menopause symptoms like hot flashes, sudden and recurring episodes of sweating, tender mammary glands, and changes in libido are often common of male menopause. The severity of the symptoms in Andropause sufferers is different however, depending on each individual. Those who record the frequency and severity of their symptoms usually have higher treatment success rates, according to doctors.

Unfortunately, men do not usually like to talk about andropause and, truth be told, many do not even know that this condition exists. On the other hand, some men become concerned because male menopause symptoms mimic the experience of kidney and liver disease. Sadly, even though they may be concerned about these major bodily systems, it is this very concern that may prevent them from seeking out medical help and reassurance.

Most anyone will agree that menopause is a condition which is at the very least uncomfortable to deal with. This has led to the resurgence of several over the counter, herbal medicines that are said to treat the hormonal changes associated with the condition. It is noteworthy that none of these substances will actually take care of the condition so much as they will perhaps ease the symptoms.

Men and women both will be wise to discuss their use of any herbal supplementation with their physicians. Furthermore, it is vital to realize that some herbal supplements will counteract the effects of medications taken for a variety of conditions. This may lead to dangerous systemic reactions but can be avoided simply by seeking the advice of a doctor ahead of time.

Male menopause, Andropause, can be treated by doctors with simple testosterone replacement therapy. The testosterone replacement therapy treatment is similar to hormone replacement therapy offered to women with menopause. Men and women have both reported replacement therapy relieves the symptoms of menopause.

Men who are going through male menopause often need to include counseling sessions in their overall treatment plan. This is especially true if the male menopause is causing problems with their libido. With sexual issues being the number one cause of divorce in older couples, finding a way to deal with the issue is vital to many marriages. In addition, men who feel as if they're losing their manhood via menopause may need help via counseling sessions.
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Sarah Trinity is a freelance writer who specializes in the research associated with finding a natural menopause cure.
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