My Husband is Menopausal

OliviaStill going strong. I’m eating better, I’m exercising more and I’ve finally decided to quit smoking.  I don’t know how I ever got used to living the way I was living before – it really wasn’t living at all. I really enjoy reading posts here on Menopause Maniac and after reading through some of these blogs, I started thinking… Why don’t men have to deal with menopause like we do? Sure, they have to put up with us, which is no cakewalk, but it seems unfair, right? Although I’m feeling better than I have in years, I’ve been doing a lot of research into the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones, to ensure that what I’m doing won’t jeopardize my long-term health. While browsing the web, I stumbled upon some information on the male menopause, known as andropause. What I found most interesting was that andropause affects men in many of the ways that perimenopause and menopause impact women – low libido, weight gain, hair loss, irritability and even hot flashes and night sweats.

Lately my husband has been complaining that he’s tired all the time and thaat he doesn’t have the energy that he used to. When I mentioned that it could be his hormones, he responded saying that he was just tired from work and dealing with me all the time 🙂 – and when I told him that he might be going through MANopause, he laughed at me – hysterically. I told him that my doctor- who specializes in bioidentical hormone therapy – holds free monthly bioidentical hormone therapy seminars, where he discusses both andropause and menopause symptoms and what can be done for treatment. He agreed – reluctantly. After attending the seminar, my husband took the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the doctor and after their 45 minute chat, agreed to take some tests to determine what might be wrong.

The results showed that his cortisol levels were through the roof and his testosterone was lower than it should be at his age. The doctor said that high cortisol levels are a result of chronic stress. He also told my husband that his blood-glucose levels were higher than usual and that this was typical of patients with high cortisol levels. My husband agreed to a consult with the doctor and is currently on day 5 of treatment. He hasn’t noticed a difference so far, but we’re both keeping our fingers crossed. For now, we’ll wait and see…

-Olivia

 

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  • Wow! Just today on MANopausemaniac.com I posted a blog, in honor of recent International Women’s Day, about men looking at their menopause and taking responsibility for the dead-end comments about being tired, etc., and expecting only women to do something about their health. It’s worth a read and passing it on for men to read. It’s isn’t funny living with anyone not taking care of themselves. My three-year old niece told me years ago when I was driving her without my seatbelt on, “uncle Larry you must not care about yourself.” (Out of the mouths of children come the truth – as we all have learned.) Men, get with the program. I sometimes think unless men feel terrible they don’t think they are “real” men. Baloney! (no don’t eat baloney, it’s full of terrible things that not only are bad for you but will not help burn those fatty globs away.) Men, it’s time to accept getting older without getting old is a solution worth effort. BTW – women will love you more!)