Is male menopause a myth intended to drive pharma sales?

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by Steve Tarlow
October 5, 2010

According to WebMD, the concept of male menopause is controversial at best. Aside from in men who undergo testosterone therapy or male athletes who binge on performance enhancing drugs, there does not appear to be a recognizable male hormone cycle. Yet that hasn’t stopped pharmaceutical companies from pushing male menopause treatments, reports the Washington Post. Male menopause prescriptions reportedly skyrocketed in the U.S. from 2.4 million men in 2005 to 3.9 million in 2009.

Male menopause is something men should fear, says big pharma

According to a no-doubt well-compensated urologist, 5 million U.S. males experience low libido, mood swings and hot flashes that point toward supposed male menopause. It’s yet another hook big pharma has cast to prey upon vanity. Doctors the Post interviewed indicate that a life change is not uncommon for men, but whether the majority of men need medication to “deal” with the changes is debatable. Chicago Northwestern Memorial Hospital urologist Robert Brannigan categorizes the testosterone change in the late 30s/early 40s for men as “subtle” compared with the change in women.

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Same could be said for female menopause – that we now know is caused by hormone imbalance and a weakened endocrine system. Look at the billions Pharma made off of that one.  Ironically, once the 2002 HRT study came out – the first independent study conducted in 30 years by the Women’s Health Institute  citing that the risks of HRT outweighed the benefits and women stopped taking the synthetic hormones – rates of breast cancer declined.  Don’t you think it is time to stop making Pharma $rich$ and take our health care into our own hands…..

It really does irritate me that women got duped into this scam for 30 years and it is being questioned for men within the first year.

PG

Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.