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"Hormone replacement takes sting out of male menopause"

Calgary Herald

Source: Calgary Herald

Published: 11 Aug 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (1½ stars)

what they said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

Whatever happened to the male menopause? With drugs such as Viagra and Cialis, and men getting facelifts and tummy tucks, it's tempting to think the baby boomer generation has simply wished away this unpleasant phenomenon.

Not so, say the experts. Andropause, the male version of menopause, is a very real thing, and it affects about half of men over the age of 50, according to a website of the Penn State College of Medicine.

Andropause is associated with declining levels of the male sex hormones. It can be diagnosed by measuring the testosterone levels in the blood.

The symptoms include show stoppers like erectile dysfunction and loss of erections, along with decreased libido or interest in sex. Additional symptoms, according to the Penn State experts, may include muscle weakness and aches, inability to sleep, night sweats, depression, infertility and thinning of the bones or bone loss.

how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 2 of 9
Availability of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Not Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Not Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Applicable

what we said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

This is a witty article on waning male sexuality, but it gets a failing grade on providing readers with clear evidence on who should even consider treatment for a still-to-be-defined condition and for not providing any basic benefit and risk information that a reader would need to make an informed decision about their own health.

The article mentions correctly the lack of definition, diagnosis and the unknown benefits and harms of treatment.

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