Anyone at the age where they may be experiencing the male menopause? From the little I read it says that many symptoms from the meds are similar.
“ Male menopausal disorder
It tends to occur in the 50s and 60s, and for some reason the male hormones suddenly decrease, causing the body to lose balance and cause various disorders. Symptoms are mental symptoms such as depression, tiredness, and weakness, physical symptoms such as burning and sleep disorders, and sexual dysfunction. Diagnosis is made by interview and hormone test. Treatment is with Chinese herbs and androgens.”
This week I’m going to get it checked out. I’m only 44 but I started puberty much earlier than my peers.
Anyone have any experience with the male or even female menopause and sz symptoms?
I think males experience a decrease in testosterone as they age.
I see a lot of commercials about Low T and how testosterone makes you manlier and taking it will make you more masculine.
Then I think about effeminate men and realize they have healthy testosterone levels, and I’m like what? So the “Testosterone=Masculinity” thing seems like it might be a myth to me.
With regards to man-o-pause, I’m about to turn 38, which I think is still a bit young for it. I’m interested in hearing whether or not sz/sza loses its edge around age 50. It seems like we have a lot of folks in that age range on this site doing very well for themselves.
@dougRN yes I agree I’ve a feeling that I’ve got low testosterone from having high testosterone it’s quite a change. That’s one of problems. I see my psychiatrist in two days but I’ve a better dr to see who prescribed Ed medicine. His clinic deals with male menopause. At first I was just thinking it’s the sz meds but male menopause seems highly likely. Anyway nothing I can do until I see this dr. Just hoping others to share their experiences.
If he deals with it thats great. Endocrinologists or urologists are also good.
@agent101g yes I’ve read that testosterone is similar to steroids and make you all territorial and rage. The place where I sometimes go for a drink is full of older men and it’s a lot more chilled out and the women serving us are respected much more compared to the other bars where the younger than 40s go to. It’s safer and no one trying to prove themselves or shouting across each other.
But I miss the motivation I used to have and sports I used to play and energy in general. Not to mention my relationship with my wife.
@dougRN well I went there for Ed but reading his website I’ve noticed he deal with male menopause or at least he can check the hormone levels.
Sometimes ED can be psychosomatic. Maybe thats why a psychiatrist is dealing with it. Also some meds cause ED. I could be wrong though.
@dougRN my shrink isn’t dealing with the Ed problem. He just deals with the bits and pieces my head is in. But noticeably what I now believe is that my testosterone has gone down after much research. But the Ed dr can test for it hopefully I can rule it out either way. I just want to know what makes me feel so exhausted in many points of my life. In this country each specialist has a clinic for their areas so it’s quite easy to get seen and sorted.
Lots of things could be causing exhaustion. B12 levels, testosterone, sleep apnea, etc. Hope they find out. Can be a complex issue.
@dougRN for almost a year I’ve been thinking it was the meds and sz and kind of just accepted it. But looking around it’s worthwhile to get a blood test specifically for male menopause. Then Chinese herbs are easy on the body too.
Well hope they find out something to help. Blood work seems pretty standard.
Yea thats true, aproximately 1 % per year after the age of 30. Being old and having low testosterone isnt really an illness, its just part of nature.
@ThePoet yes there is no escape from getting old. I’m quite looking forward to it. but if my hormone levels are down to a significant level that I’ve given up on many things that brought me joy I should and am going to get it checked out in the next few days.
The chances are it’s the sz meds and diabetes. But if it is a testable and treatable condition at 44 I’d like a few more years of the extra boost of testosterone.p and so would my wife.
What I’ve mainly noticed is ED, and a loss of interest in sex along with embarrassing private parts. However my psychosis symptoms have improved greatly.
@Blizzard yes I’m in the same boat as you. Sure I makes me very chilled out but maybe cold to others as I’ve lost interest in many things. But I feel much more stable on the meds I have and even if that is the main cause I will keep on with them and just accept it. But if I get diagnosed with low testosterone or low hormones it would be nice to fix.
I take a 0.5 ml shot of testosterone every week. It’s excellent for depression.
@Cragger i have to see what the dr says and his judgement. I take an anti depressant and have done for three years. I no longer feel depressed but continue to use the medicine as I don’t want a relapse.
May I ask you how old you are and what led you to get a shot of testosterone?
Thanks for your reply.
@neanderthal I used to take an antidepressant, but don’t need it anymore. It never really worked anyway.
I was lucky enough to get hooked up with a doctor out of Kitchener who studied men with head injury. He found that nearly 100% of men with head injury who struggle with depression, were low on testosterone
. I’m 56 now, and have been on the shots for several years. It’s self-administered, so it’s quite convenient
Im younger (34) and my pdoc tested my testosterone levels anyway to rule it out (for tiredness and lack motivation). The test came back normal.