Male hormones medicine is booming in North Carolina, but the doctor behind it says he’s not antimale.
Dr. Thomas Schuster said he sees more than 70% of his patients with male characteristics, which he says is not uncommon among doctors.
Schuster, who is the president of the North Carolina Medical Association, says he was surprised to learn that the state ranks number one in the nation for male patients who get their hormones from female-owned businesses.
Schutter says most of his male patients are older men who have had their health problems untreated for years.
But, he says, it’s also true that about 10% of the state’s male patients have had menopause.
“They are really looking for a change, and they need to see an end to the cycles of menopausis, to get rid of their old issues and their pain and their infertility,” Schuster told CBS News.
“The women in the clinic, who we have been talking to, have been very positive and are very hopeful about what’s going on.
They’ve got a lot of questions, and that’s why we are getting so many patients.
And they are very excited to be able to help.”
But for many, it is the gender dysphoria that is the main reason for seeking out this clinic, which has opened in the capital city of Charlotte.
Some men who are transgender have tried the treatment on themselves and ended up having gender reassignment surgery.
The transgender community says these procedures are medically unnecessary and should be avoided.
But Dr. Schuster says he has no qualms about giving the transgender community what they want.
“We don’t believe in the surgery and we don’t want the surgery.
I think that they’re trying to turn a medical issue into a political issue,” he said.
“I just think it’s not going to work.
I don’t think we should be politicizing this.
It’s a medical problem.
I would never be comfortable giving a patient medication to try to get them to stop having the surgery.”
He’s hoping to start a testosterone clinic soon, but he says the surgery is not a cure-all.
Schauer says his goal is to provide the same treatment to transgender men that he has given to women.
He has no intention of closing his clinic, but says he needs more money for more patients.
“I don’t see why we can’t do it,” he told CBS.
“It’s a very small number of patients and I think the people who are going to benefit from it are the women.
I know it’s a male issue, but we should help them.
We should be here.”
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