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Andropause

Andropause

Andropause is the term given to a combination of symptoms that can lead to the male menopause. It is a controversial term, and medical opinion is split as to whether this phenomenon actually occurs, but it is usually attributed to a reduction in the level of testosterone in men over the age of 40. The controversy emerges because there is no clear physical symptom to match the end of menstruation in women. The symptoms that do occur include an increase in body fat, loss of muscle mass and low energy, usually accompanied by a lowered sex drive, impotence and mood swings. All of these symptoms can be attributed to other conditions, which makes diagnosis difficult. Treatment can include testosterone replacement therapy, but not in the case of male breast or prostate cancer sufferers.

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What no endocrinologist will tell you is that taking a testosterone replacement will cause the body to convert it to oestrogen. That stuff will make you feel awful and try to turn your body into a female body. It will cause breast growth, belly fat, large thighs. To stop this happening you need a anti-oestrogen drug, but no endocrinologist in Britain will give you it, even though its standard treatment in America. Without it it is pointless and negative to take testogel.





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@Rob, I find your comments quite worrying as I'm about to start taking Testogel for the first time following testicular cancer which I had 12 months ago. Where did you find the information that you wrote here? Can you provide evidence of your claims? Like another person here, I'm also HIV positive and the thought of gaining even more weight worries me given that I already have increased lipids due to the medication I take. It's frustrating that in this day and age hospitals still administer drugs without properly explaining the consequences of taking them. Embarrassing Bodies if you're listening I'd love to come on the show and discuss my concerns please?

I too find it worrying as there is an assumption made based on what is happening in the USA, which actually does not apply. It is true that Anti-Estrogens are used widely in the USA, but in the main, it is because of the widespread use of Testosterone at supra-physiologic levels in pursuit of the "optimum" hormone profile and the "perfect" body. Therapeutic use of Testosterone does not normally elevate Oestrogen levels provided there isn't too much for the body's needs. In the case of gels, the androgen receptors under the skin can signal Oestrogen production if the local level is too high, which is why gels carry that warning. Also, some men do convert into Oestrogen easily. For the record, I have been on Testposterone therapy now for 28+ years in various forms and do not have an Oestrogen issue, nor do most of the men I help via my website forum at the Testosterone Deficiency Centre androids.org.uk.

I am 19 years old and have been prescribed 50mg Testogel for secondary Hypogandism. I have been on the treatment 6 weeks and have gained 3 kg around my stomach area. It is bothering me, but my sexual drive is back up which I am happy about.





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Having significant side effects with Testogel. Used it for over 2 months. How do I stop? Asked GP, he looked it up in his Mimms...drug guide told me....it doesn't say anything about stopping! End of discussion.





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Run your dose down to nothing over a few weeks.I have had 2 attempts at testosterone gel and quit both times after about 2 months due to testicle shrinkage. About 6 weeks after stopping gel, testicle returned to original size (yes I said the singular, lost one to cancer).

I'm 34 and for 5 or so years I've had no sex drive. My marriage is close to ending because of it. I've been on anti depressants for about 3 years as well please help as I've been to numerous gps and none have helped. I can't bear the thought of losing my wife. I'm about 15 st 6ft and constantly active at work I can't deal with this anymore





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I,he lost 3 stone in 2 months and can't stop sweating when I do anythink I've had every blood test and everything was fine but every one is now telling me how bad I look can anyone help me as I'm getting no were with my docter thanks.





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Dear Sir, I have all the symptoms of Ulnar Nerve entrapment, and Hospital electra tests state the problem is in the (funny bone) elbow region . The Neurologist surgeon dismisses my belief that my problem stems from my lower c7 neck. I explained that for years I have had neck pain and spasms down my arm like cramp. I have had this tingling numbness sensation in the classic two fingers now for 10mths, and my age is 76. surgeon has offered me surgery ( 9 inch incision with general anaesthetic) but is quite pessimistic regards complete satisfaction, and even stating " It may stop it getting worse with muscle wastage & two claw fingers " I would really appreciate your opinion on me having the operation or maybe some other alternative.





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I used to be very athletic runnin marathons,doing martial arts etc. In the past couple of years my leg muscles have been wasting away aswell as the movement in my hips.Everyday life chores are becomin more difficult and painfull.I have visited my gp and got refered. The specialist did an x ray and i was told normal signs of ware and tare was visable but nothing bad,they also told me that i was to young for a hip replacement and that exercise was needed.I have since visited 3 different physio's and was told it is arthritus. I spend 15 minutes per night doing my exercises.The pain in my knees has gone but my hips are no better.It seems to me my muscles in my hips are getting weaker.





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peter 41 .I had a blood test for my T levels last year and was told they where fine. But had no explanation as what normal levels are? this year has been just terrible for me as my sytms have been hot and cold swets joint pain, iritability, angry Argumentative, fustratated , sad, Axious, withdrawn ,hypersensitivity, as well as weight gain without change in diet by 2 and a half stones ! I am also hiv posative and have been doing well on meds and was told i would have to have T homone test and thyroid test at gps, But find i am getting no where with gp ! please can somone help as dont know where els to turn!





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I have an unpleasant oderous perineum even after my bath in the mornings. I can smell it at the bus stop anytime. What can I do to get rid of the smell?





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You have JOCK ITCH. After showering, pat dry and spray myconazole OTC aka Lotrimin spray on all skin folds and your perineum. Twice a day for two weeks. See a nurse practitioner or physician if this doesn't work.

my husband is 38, having very bad night sweats, every night, we have no sex life, hes always down .... is this something normal in men of this age, or is there help avaliable .... thank you





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