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How to Survive Male Hormones

How to Survive Male Hormones

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How to Survive Male Hormones:7 Surprising Truths
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a marriage and family counselor for the last 45years. He is the author of 9 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Male Menopause, The Irritable Male Syndrome,
and
Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome
(May, 2010)
.
This is Chapter 10, from Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the IrritableMale Syndrome. Read the full book on Scribd at:
.
 
Diamond offers counseling to men, women, and couples in his office inCalifornia or by phone with people throughout the U.S. and around the world. Toreceive a Free E-book on Men’s Health and a free subscription to Jed’s e-newsletter go to
. If you are looking for an expertcounselor to help with relationship issues, write
.Chapter 10: Can Hormonal Changes Cause Him to Become More Irritable?
Dear Dr. Jed,I love a wonderful man that for no “real” reason left after our being together for several years. He just fits the image you write about so perfectly. At forty-three years of age, he did a total turn around, becoming selfish, angry, forgetful,and indecisive. He says he still cares about me, but needs to find himself. Theworst part is that he does not have any interest in women, not even me. He won’t see a doctor. He says that nothing is wrong with him. To me he’s acting “hormonal.” Could that be part of the problem? 
Although many people associate being “hormonal” with being female, thetruth is that male hormonal changes are every bit as real and can be astroublesome as any changes that women experience. It's time we broke thesilence and began talking about the fact that men, too, undergo hormonalchanges throughout their lives. Here are some important things about hormonesthat you need to know:1. Hormones are critical for health.Hormones are one of the body's great communication networks (the othersare the nervous and immune systems). A hormone molecule, released by one of about a dozen glands, travels through the blood until it reaches a cell with areceptor that it fits. Then, like a key in a lock, the molecule attaches to thereceptor and sends a signal inside the cell. The signal may tell the cell to producea certain protein or to multiply.
 
Hormones are involved in just about every biological process: immunefunction, reproduction, growth, even controlling other hormones. They can workat astonishingly small concentrations—in parts per billion or trillion. As NancyCetel, M.D., reminds us, “Hormones make the world go around.”2. Men have “female” hormones and women have “male” hormones .When we think of female hormones we often think of 
estrogen
and when wethink of male hormones we often think of 
testosterone
. But males make estrogenand females make testosterone. Estrogen in the male bloodstream may accountfor his desire, not just for sex, but for love and intimacy. Estrogen promotesreceptivity and touching, qualities that both men and women value. Testosteronein the female bloodstream contributes to her sexual desire. If her testosteronelevel is too low, her sexual well-being will be compromised.3. Testosterone is a vital hormone that has been misunderstood. For most of us, hormones are a mystery and male hormones are an evenbigger mystery. We know that testosterone contributes to sexual desire, but itdoes much more. Among other things, it signals cells to build muscle, make redblood cells, produce sperm, and release neurotransmitters in the brain. But itsinfluence on sexuality and mood are the areas that are most important to us aswe gain understanding of hormonal affects on IMS men.Testosterone is produced by the Leydig cells of the testicles (in women, it isproduced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands) and most of it is secreted intothe bloodstream, traveling to locations as distant as the brain. Testosterone is ananabolic steroid. Although news stories and magazines often make
steroid 
seemlike a dangerous drug such as heroin, the truth is that every one of us is filledwith steroids and we would be unable to live without them.Abraham Morgentaler, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard MedicalSchool and author of the book
Testosterone For Life,
dispels some of the mythsabout testosterone:
There is no evidence that testosterone is related to violence.
Criminals
do not 
have higher levels of testosterone than non-criminals.
Testosterone
is
associated with healthy sexuality in males and females.4. Although too much testosterone can cause men to become irritable , IMSis usually caused by too little testosterone.We’ve heard of “roid rage” in which football players use male steroids toincrease their strength and aggressiveness. Roid rage is a term given to peoplewho act in very aggressive or hostile manner after taking large doses, usually ona regular basis, of 
, sometimes nicknamed as
roids
. Thesesteroids are similar in chemical structure to testosterone.

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