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The male menopause: possible causes, symptoms and treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12574711     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article discusses the controversial concept of the male menopause, by explaining what the literature reveals about this condition. It does not wish to put forward a case for treating men with the male menopause with hormone replacement therapy, merely to provide information to nurses who may nurse men with the symptoms associated with the disorder. Definitions of key terms, i.e. male menopause, are considered and the endocrinological changes that occur with ageing are outlined. Assessment of the extent of the problem is confounded by the concept of definition. Some middle-aged men often describe similar symptoms that women describe associated with the menopause; therefore it may be reasonable to suggest that an andropause with an endocrine basis does exist. The investigations undertaken to make a diagnosis are described and treatments available are discussed. A shared approach to the care for men with menopausal symptoms is advocated. The role the nurse plays is described and recommendations for practice suggested. Finally, a conclusion is offered and a call is made for further empirical investigations to be made available, to ensure that men are provided with safe effective care based on the best available evidence.
Ian Peate
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0966-0461     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Nurs     Publication Date:    2003 Jan 23-Feb 12
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-07     Completed Date:  2003-04-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9212059     Medline TA:  Br J Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-4     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Adult Nursing and Human Sciences, University of Hertfordshire.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology,  psychology
Climacteric / physiology*
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic
Testosterone / deficiency,  physiology
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