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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Why Men Get Hormonal in Mid Life, Too

Guest post by Liberty Kontranowski

When women experience menopause, blame for any kind of hot flush, emotional outburst or lost night of sleep suddenly has a scapegoat. Something’s wrong? It’s “The Change.” Feeling weepy? “The Change.” The car won’t start? It’s because of “The Change,” don’t you know? Everything, and I mean everything gets blamed on The Change.

But what about men? Don’t they experience a time in their lives when physical changes couple up with hormonal ones and they become one giant mess, just like their female counterparts? Indeed, they do. In fact, science has documented such a phenomenon and has given it a most fitting name: Manopause. Well actually, the scientific name for it is andropause, but I like Manopause much, much better.

Here, a look at Manopause and its symptoms. The hows and whys concerning the manly version of The Change.

Symptoms:
 1. Decreased sex drive; trouble achieving and/or sustaining erections (impotence)  To learn more about this, you can view an article about Andropause and how Viagra can help.
2. Lack of energy; sense of lethargy; decrease in strength or endurance; difficulty sleeping
3. Sadness, grouchiness, despair; decrease in life enjoyment; decreased performance at work, home or other obligations; anger, anxiety, memory loss
4. Decrease in muscle mass; thinning bones; weight gain
5. Night sweats

Causes:
Beginning at age 30, men begin losing testosterone little by little (about one percent a year) throughout midlife and beyond. Thus, manopause tends to be a gradual change that can last many years, whereas female menopause happens more quickly and ends within a couple of years.

Treatment:
Manopause sufferers can see great results when treated with Testosterone Replacement Therapy. The primary goal of TRT is to restore sexual functions, enhance bone density (in an effort to ward off osteoporosis) and to bring about a sense of mental wellness and overall well-being.

When treated correctly, not only will regular testosterone levels be achieved, but the secondary hormones related to testosterone (DHT and estradiol) will be positively affected as well.

Currently, Testosterone Replacement therapies can be found in pill form, injectables (shots), implantable long-acting slow release pellets, patches and gels.  As with any medications, be sure you discuss your medical history at length with your doctor before deciding on the best type of therapy. TRT can have some negative side effects, so weighing the risks versus the benefits is certainly in order.
While living with Manopause is no picnic, it is encouraging to know that the medical community has recognized it as a real, treatable condition. Recognizing symptoms for what they are and being tested for low testosterone levels can be the first step in determining whether or not you’re suffering with andropause and if so, whether you’re a candidate for Replacement Therapy.

Now, go grab yourself a hand fan and blame your fiftieth hot flush of the day on what else...? The Change!

Liberty Kontranowski is a valued writer and blogger on the eDrugstore.MD writing team, with hundreds of health articles published online and in print.  eDrugstore.MD, a US located online pharmacy prescribes lifestyle medications such as Cialis Online. 
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