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1. informationsheet  no.1

Does Male Menopause Exist?

Women may not be the only ones who suffer the effects of changing hormones.

Sometimes called male menopause or andropause, doctors are noticing that male patients are reporting similar symptoms that women experience during menopause.

Andropause is a medical condition caused by low testosterone levels in men. Older men tend to have lower testosterone levels than younger men. On average, male testosterone levels gradually decline about one percent a year after age 30. By age 70, the decrease in a man’s testosterone level can be as much as 50 percent.

When does the male biological start ticking? All men experience the symptoms of andropause to some extent in their 40s and beyond.

2.Information sheet  no 2

Female Viagra Rejected by FDA Panel

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The latest attempt to give women who experience a low libido their own version of Viagra has failed.

A Food and Drug Administration panel on Friday shot down Flibanserin, the so-called female Viagra over concerns that the drug didn’t adequately improve a women’s lagging libido.

Members of the Food and Drug Administration’s reproductive drugs panel voted 11-0 that the drug’s benefits did not outweigh side effects, including fainting spells, fatigue and depression, MSNBC reports.

“We are disappointed with the advisory committee’s recommendations and will work with the FDA to address questions raised by the advisory committee,” said Christopher Corsico, M.D., M.P.H., U.S. medical director, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in a press release. “Our ongoing flibanserin clinical trial program demonstrates our continued commitment to women with HSDD [hypoactive sexual desire disorder].”

Although the panel’s decision isn’t final, the FDA usually follows the panel’s recommendation, CNN reported. The FDA will make its final decision in coming months.

And while flibanserin wasn’t recommended for approval for this round, other drug companies such as BioSante Pharmaceuticals out of Illinois are creating drugs such as Libigel. Libigel is currently in clinical trials and the company is hoping to submit an application by the end of 2011.

Sources: www.CNN.com

3. Information sheet no.3

‘Viagra’ for Women Raises Questions

Apparently Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH doesn’t believe that women could have sexual dysfunctions the same way men do. Unlike Viagra, this German drugmaker plans to create a drug that doesn’t act on women’s bodies, but minds.

While VIagra targets sexual stimulation by increasing blood flow to the penis, this drug would work on the brain, helping women to improve their female libido, thanks to a compound called flibanserin. Heike Specht, a spokesman for the company, was quoted saying that an “‘increasing body of evidence shows that hypoactive sexual desire disorder causes substantial emotional distress’ and that the company ‘has conducted late-stage clinical trials in over 5,000 women from which we hope will result the first available pharmaceutical treatment.'”

The argument for focusing on the brain of women to “fix” libido issues seems to be based on surveys and research about evolution. Since women are supposedly biologically inclined towards caring and childrearing and so their sex drive appears to be triggered by emotional factors – differing from men, who are biologically conditioned to spread their seed.

It sounds like science, but it also sounds suspicious. I’ve never been one to buy the notion of being evolutionarily conditioned based on one’s gender – since gender is socially constructed. And though there are differences between the sexes, a lot of research has been done to suggest that male and female genes aren’t that off. So this notion of sexual libido being so different for men and women seems – incomplete. Men simply need more blood flowing through them to better their libido but women need a mental health overhaul? Is there no simple “jolt” available for a woman’s body?

A second question, one that I think is still being asked all the time by researchers and scientists, is what exactly constitutes female sexual dysfunction? It has generally been established that male sexual dysfunction is defined by a lacking erection, and that too feels a bit oversimplistic to me to be called a “dysfunction”. But what about females?

4.Information sheet no 4

The Meaning of Menopause: Part Of My Identitiy 

Over the course of our adult lives, women get somewhat attached to our cycle. It’s part of us; we operate our lives on this cycle. At some point this cycle changes and we know what it means for our bodies but what does it mean to our identity?

It takes us a few years to learn how to live in harmony with our cycles and many times wish we could get rid of it. It does, however, remind us that we are the life line for the next generation. It reminds us of what power we hold.

It’s also part of our identity sexually. I always identified myself as a powerful, sexy diva. I very much embraced that as part of my identity as a woman. I had no idea how much my hormonal balance was a big deal and made all that possible.

When I entered into menopause at 43, I wasn’t ready to give up that part of my identity. Rather than feel like a sexy diva, I felt like a wreck. Not only did I feel like a wreck, but I felt cheated. I was supposed to have another few years before I entered into menopause…right? I felt like a young woman in an old woman’s body. I saw the signs of rapid aging, my skin was different, I put on a few pounds and things were operating differently sexually.

For a couple of months I felt depressed about it. I wasn’t prepared mentally for it. I was physically drained and it was physically painful. I acknowledged the change and came to the point where I decided that my body doesn’t change my identity. I drive my health and I decided to do something.

I had aligned myself with some good people who were interested in a natural approach to health. Yoga was a good place for info and so was my chiropractor. My chiropractor told me about a compounding pharmacy and I started from there. I educated myself on what was happening to my body, I found Web sites like EmpowHer.com, I found some good books and I went to seminars.

Once I got everything back in balance physically, I could sort out the emotions and the meaning. I could have let this event take me out. I couldn’t change the event. I couldn’t change the outcome. What I could change was how I felt about it and what it meant. Rather than feeling depressed and old, I felt totally energized.


Top  Ways to Achieve Happiness

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” — Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is a state of mind characterized by contentment and satisfaction. Sources of happiness are diverse and unique as people are diverse and unique. Here are ten basic ways each individual can achieve happiness.

1–Live in the Present

Recognize that each day of life is a precious gift. Be mindful of the moment and live in the present. Yesterday is gone and will never come back. Tomorrow is not here yet, do not worry about what will be. Focus on the now, whether it be dinner with your family or playing a game with your children.

2–Laugh Each Day

Laughter relaxes your whole body. A hearty laugh releases physical tension and stress. Laughter decreases stress hormones, boosts the immune system, and improves resistance to disease. Researchers have found that laughter triggers the release of endorphins, which promote a sense of well-being and temporarily relieve pain. Laughter promotes heart health and offers added protection against a heart attack. Blood flow is increased and the function of the blood vessels improves when you laugh.

3–Listen to Music

Setting aside some time each day to listen to your favorite type of music, playing an instrument or singing along reduces stress levels and leaves you feeling content. Music activates parts of the brain that produces the sensation of happiness. The right kind of music releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers and sedatives. In the absence of pain, the endorphins produce a sense of calm and contentment.

4–Count Your Blessings

Pause each day to reflect upon the positive aspects of your life such as your family and friends. Be content with what you have and appreciate the people in your life. “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got,” – Sheryl Crow. People who focus on the positive things in their lives experience a heightened sense of well-being.


Spirituality helps you find meaning, hope, comfort, peace and balance in your life.


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