Man menopause is a terminology that has been used to describe the symptoms that accompany the naturally declining testosterone production that men see later in life. While all men have this reduction, not all men suffer from it to the same degree. Some men never know it has happened, while others go through a period similar to the female counterpart. Hot flashes, trouble sleeping, depression, fatigue, mood swings, and even bone loss can all be symptoms of reduced testosterone production. It has also been attributed to more common chronic conditions often suffered by men in their later years such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
These chronic conditions are the very thing that makes diagnosis of man menopause so pertinent. Of course finding relief from the other symptoms is important, but they do not always occur along with the chronic conditions. The variability from man to man is what makes the condition so difficult to diagnose as the cause of the issues. Diagnosis is really easy, as all it takes is a simple blood test, but recognizing that a blood test needs to be done is often a last resort rather than a first step. Because of this, some men suffer needlessly until it is seen that other remedies are not going to work.
Once it is diagnosed a male menopause, there are many successful treatments available. Hormone replacement therapy is the most successful, and it is available as an injection, a pill, or in gel form. The gel form of testosterone is the most recent addition and it has had great results. Since it is absorbed into the blood stream by being applied at pulse points, it works quickly like and injection, but without the same discomfort. It is also a great option for those that have trouble swallowing pills. The choice of which form to use is really a personal one.
Some have found relief from man menopause with natural supplements. These are a viable option, and there are those who claim they work, but proceed with caution. These types of supplements, often sold at health food stores, are not regulated by the FDA as hormone replacement therapy is. This means the only way to determine if it is right for any individual is for that individual to get informed, make an informed decision, and then if they feel comfortable with it they should try it out for themselves. In the end, the important thing is not which treatment is used, but that it works.