The Myth of Male Menopause

By John Swartzberg, M.D. It's been dubbed "manopause" or "andropause" -- a midlife change for men that some claim is just like menopause for women. But there's no such thing. "Male menopause" is a creation of the pharmaceutical and supplement industries, along with unscrupulous or uninformed practitioners who feel that some of their potency -- sexual and otherwise -- is declining. It sounds perfectly reasonable at first, but scientifically speaking, there's no evidence that men go through menopause in the same way that women do. That's not to say that men's testosterone levels don't decline with age, just as women's estrogen levels do. But there is no abrupt change, no dramatic drop in testosterone for men at midlife like the hormonal decline that occurs when a woman reaches menopause. In fact, your testosterone levels have probably been slowly declining for quite some time, a decline that usually begins around age 30. But many men at midlife are convinced by the messages of pharmaceutical and supplement makers, and so-called "anti-aging doctors," that male menopause is the culprit behind their declining libido and difficulty getting an erection. They make dramatic claims about the effectiveness of testosterone replacement therapy--claims that simply aren't supported by sound medical evidence. The fact is that we don't know if a declining testosterone level is pathological--there's no evidence that it is--or something that is healthy...
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