Myth of the manopausa: doctors are "spreading the myth of hormonal changes to take advantage of the sexual fears of middle-aged men"
- Dr. Richard Quinton of the University of Newcastle said there was no "manopause".
- Only two percent of men see a closure of testosterone in middle age, he said
- He said: "When they listen to testosterone prescribers from Harley Street say, 'Ah, andropause, that's 40 percent of older men.' That's … complete nonsense.
Colin Fernandez for the Daily Mail
Private doctors are promoting the myth of a generalized "male menopause" to take advantage of the sexual fears of middle-aged men, a leading doctor warned.
Dr. Richard Quinton said there was no & # 39; andropausa & # 39; or & # 39; manopause & # 39; and that 98 percent of men continue to produce the male sex hormone testosterone throughout their lives.
The consultant endocrinologist at Newcastle University Hospital said that unlike female menopause, which affects all women, only the "two percent" of men will suffer an interruption of testosterone.
Private doctors are pushing the myth of a generalized "male menopause" to take advantage of the sexual fears of middle-aged men, a leading doctor has warned (stock image)
He said: "When you listen to the testosterone prescribers on Harley Street say," Oh, andropause, that's 40 percent of the older men. "That's … complete nonsense.
Private clinics are offering testosterone replacement therapy, claiming that it will restore sexual desire and treat erectile dysfunction and depression. Recipes in the NHS increased by 20 percent between 2012 and 2016.
But Dr. Quinton said there was a group of frail men who would benefit from additional testosterone: those with anemia. One study found that one in five produced zero testosterone but received no help.
Dr. Quinton told the British Science Festival in Hull: "Simultaneously, we know that men may have a minor sexual problem, have a random blood test and be given testosterone that they really do not need & # 39;