Episode 14 – Andropause (a.k.a. “manopause”, male menopause)

July 19, 2011 in Podcasts | 7 comments

ths podcast logoIn this episode, we discuss the diagnosis and treatment of andropause (a.k.a. “manopause”) from a holistic perspective.

Topics include:

  • Basic physiology and pathology of andropause
  • Can vasectomies contribute to early onset of andropause?
  • The best non-pharmaceutical approaches to preventing andropause?
  • Blood and saliva markers for andropause
  • What role libido/erections play in determining health?
  • Should andropause be accepted as a normal physiological process in aging males?
  • Is a “beer belly” and are “man boobs” signs of andropause?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim C. July 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

As someone happily on TRT for 5 years, I found this episode quite fair and informative.

I always wondered about vasecomties potentially causing problems and I will skip getting one done.

The 24 hour urine test from Rhein Labs can also be helpful in seeing what is happening over the course of a day.


J July 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

Well, I’ve forwarded this page to my “stress monster” friend. Perhaps he’ll listen.

Thanks for the words of wisdom along with a dose of humor.


LeonRover July 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

Thank you for your podcast — most interesting.

You gave me the impression that testosterone cream provides testosterone to tissues only in free form – that is not bound to SHBG.
I did not get this impression from studies concerning transdermal patches published in Testosterone – Activity Deficiency Action – Ed Nieschlag & Behre 2nd Edition 1998 (Springer).

I would be gratetful for any references you could make available.


darius sohei July 20, 2011 at 9:30 am

thanks for talking about my question!
i have noticed that during times of stress, being busy, healing from an injury, etc, that i will have symptoms of andropause – sometimes long (weeks) bouts with little desire for sexuality – that will abruptly go away when things are healed “enough”. it is a strange phenomena mainly because indulging these returning urges will sometimes put me in a state of stress again such as being overly tired, irritable, moody, etc. so it seems like “enough” isn’t actually enough, but that the body wants what it wants regardless of the consequences for me.


Male Formula Pills July 21, 2011 at 1:49 am

Great post. But I wonder how many of men would actually want to talk about this in detail – especially as this is still considered a taboo phase in sexual health related information worldwide.


Dan B July 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

Any chance you will do a podcast on Type 1 diabetes and what you feel are the healthiest treatments for it? Maybe get Dr. Bernstein on the podcast or something of that nature?


Bluprint July 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Can you point to the evidence you mention discussing risks of vasectomies? I would like to know more about this specific issue.

Great show. Thanks.


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