It was once dismissed
as mid life crisis but scientists are now taking the male menopause
seriously and believe that men who complain of hot flushes, a loss of
sex drive, night sweats
and mood swings might actually have a serious medical condition.
Research has just started at Aberdeen University to look at the effect
of male hormone
replacement therapy. It is hoped the results will prove the male menopause
or 'andropause' exists - not everyone in the medical profession is convinced
and some believe
it may be just one aspect of a period of psychological turmoil when men
are suddenly faced
with the prospect of getting old.
A simple blood test, however, can tell if testosterone levels are low
and the effects of
testosterone replacement therapy have been dramatic for some.
TRT is available on the NHS only if someone is shown to be deficient in
hormone it is available as tablets, patches or an implant.
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