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Is Andropause generally considered to be a real condition by doctors?


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Old 04-26-2007, 06:02 PM   #1
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Is Andropause generally considered to be a real condition by doctors?

I am a 52 year old male. I have most if not all the symptoms of andropause.
However, for the last 5 years I have been taking anti-depressents. It seems like many of the symptoms could either be considered to be a symptom of depression or a symptom of the medication (effexor). How would the doctor determine if I have andropause? What type of Doctor should I see? I am worried my family doctor will not consider this a real condition.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:04 PM   #2
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Re: Is Andropause generally considered to be a real condition by doctors?

If you have this condition finding a doctor who has a clue will be your hardest battle. The best place to start is with a full ser of blood tests that measure all variations of Testosterone (total & free), FSH, LH and much more. Take a look at the other threads here for a primer on what to look for.

Low T can indeed manifest as depression and much, much more. Increasing evidence indicates that this is a growing issue and will only get worse. Much worse.

Until you have blood work and some numbers it's all just speculation. Start with your primary care and work from there.

 
Old 04-27-2007, 06:52 AM   #3
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Re: Is Andropause generally considered to be a real condition by doctors?

the SSRI Anti-depressants can really mess up your hormones.

Get them tested. Make sure they test your estrogen E2 at the same time. It is probably high & the testosterone is low.

The "T" should be in the upper 1/3 of the range & the "E2" should be in the lower 1/3 of the range.

 
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