HARRISON, J., 2011. 'Talking about my generation': a state-of-the-art review of health information for men in the andropause. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 28 (3), pp. 161 - 170.
The focus of this article is the availability and use of information in the UK about the male menopause or as it’s beginning to be known by the general public and health professionals, the andropause. The experiences of men suffering from the andropause today are reflective of menopausal women some 20 or 30 years ago. Ignorance and fear of the andropause condition abounds in the general public and amongst health professionals. There is a paucity of information in the literature about the symptoms and condition of the andropause. The review considers the provision and use of information available for men in the andropause in the public domain, examining both NHS and condition specific sources. The use of electronic sources is specifically reviewed, including an online forum. The use of electronic sources is indicative of other health information users. The reviewer concludes by suggesting that increased knowledge sharing is required by health professionals and the general public about the symptoms and condition of the andropause. It is recommended that men in the andropause identify a ‘champion’ to assist their cause. This will help in gaining greater recognition and understanding of the condition and attract the most appropriate treatment.