The Man of the House
Remember the complaisance you were feeling a few years ago? Your beloved had successfully headed off menopause with her estrogen patch or pill and her moods had achieved an evenness that you had never experienced in all the years you had known her. No more premenstrual mood swings. No more weeping one second and homicidal behavior the next?
As you and your woman proceeded through your fifties there were a lot of changes to your male or female hormones. Your testosterone was rapidly declining but you still had your estrogen.(Yes, men do have estrogen!) Your wife had her estrogen pill and very little if any testosterone. There was a blending of the male/ female relationship which resulted in less fighting and fewer power struggles. Felt good didn’t it?
Now we come to 2002. A study was done that showed that HRT(hormone replacement therapy) could cause increase health risks for women. Millions of women were taken off their HRT by their concerned doctors. . Now remember you and your mate’s estrogen levels were about even before this . Now that she did not have her patch you had more estrogen than she did! Wait, it gets worse.
The drug companies needed to make up for some of this lost revenue . We are talking millions of dollars. They feverishly started doing new women studies. Now they have determined that TESTOSTERONE replacement patches can enhance women’s lives. It increases their libido. However it also can increase muscle mass, lower their voice , grow facial hair and make them more aggressive! Here is where it really gets worse for you men.. With this new patch in place she now has MORE testosterone than you do!
Remember she already was getting a bad attitude because her estrogen had been taken away. She wasn’t sleeping well. She was having hot flashes and mood swings.. Now she is on testosterone and has increasing muscle mass, a raging sex drive, a beard and a growling voice! All you have is estrogen and steadily decreasing testosterone.
Now I am not trying to say that a woman should or should not take the HRT options that are available. That issue has to be decided with her doctor’s guidance. I just felt it was time to alert the over 50 male that life as you know is about to change.
One day in the near future when you are sitting in your recliner watching the home shopping channel you will hear the front door slam and your beloved yell out in her clear bell like tones, “Honey! Come see the new patch the doctor ordered for me today!” I would like to offer a few words of advice. Grab your purse and get out of the way! The man of the house is home.