andropause and men
So, you think that because you are a man , you will not suffer the same way as women when they get the menopause ? Well think again.
Men can suffer just as badly from a middle aged menopause - exactly the same as women. Most men deny this.
Most women deny this. Women deny this as many want the attention of regularly making a fuss.
Men tend not to worry and don't like to make a fuss. So it goes undocumented and not even mentioned.
ALMOST EVERY SINGLE PERSON - thinks I am joking.
I was in ignorance and went to see my doctor after 20 or more years of getting awful hot flushes since around the age of 42 and where I become a bit air-headish and vacant ( who me - vacant -??? ) and it is grossly uncomfortable to find after a 20 minute hot flush, your clothes wringing wet and now that you have cooled off, the clothes are cold and wet against you and I have to change clothing sometimes 3 and 4 times a day.
Thank God I work from home.
And every time I mentioned this to women friends, they scoff - they want to own it all for themselves - many hate the fact that we share something like this and they cannot claim it all for themselves.
The doctor did a blood test and a chest X R\ay but not sure what the X Ray was suppose to show when clearly, this is some kind of hormone imbalance.
Male menopause is a condition that affects older men. It carries a set of symptoms that are linked to declining testosterone levels and aging. It is also referred to as andropause, androgen decline in the aging male, late onset hypogonadism and low testosterone.
If testosterone levels are low, testosterone replacement therapy may help relieve such symptoms as loss of interest in sex (decreased libido), depression, and fatigue. But, as with hormone replacement therapy in women, testosterone replacement therapy has potential risks and side effects.
Common symptoms of andropause in men include:
Depression Irritability Memory loss Muscle Loss Weight Gain Gynecomastia Insomnia Night sweats Fatigue Lowered libido Erectile Dysfunction Poor sexual performance Lack of concentration Loss of bone density
As your reproductive hormone levels change, your body may react with hot flashes, sleep interruptions, and changes in mood that can be unpredictable. Sometimes these mood changes take the form of extreme and sudden feelings of panic, anxiety, or anger. Feeling anger can be a result of factors connected to menopause.
How do you treat andropause?
Replacing testosterone in the blood is the most common treatment for men going through andropause. This treatment may provide relief from the symptoms and help improve the quality of life in many cases. Lifestyle changes such as increased exercise, stress reduction, and good nutrition also help.
As much as my doctor seems reluctant to treat me - after she claimed the blood test showed nothing at all, this is the same surgery that repeatedly refuses me any medication for my Gout - and the reasons are clear - they simply do not want to spend the money. Fuck how the patient is suffering, it all comes down to money. When it is easier to have a face to face once again with my doctor I intend insisting on having something done as I am fed up with the NHS constantly making excuses - constantly telling me there is nothing wrong when CLEARLY THERE DAMNED WELL IS - and YES, I am irritated, YES, I am angry and YES it's about time doctors and the NHS took mens health as seriously as they do women's, as we men do, by and large, get a very second rate service compared to women.