Andropause: Male Menopause
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Andropause: Male Menopause

According to a book author, there is a male menopause, called andropause. This change of life can be difficult because of the symptoms it can produce including impotence, irritability, profuse sweating with tolerance to heat, loss of muscle tone, pain weakness and stiffness.

What is male menopause

According to a book author, there is a male menopause, called andropause.  This change of life can be difficult because of the symptoms it can produce including impotence, irritability, profuse sweating with tolerance to heat, loss of muscle tone, pain, weakness and stiffness.

Many of the problems will completely disappear with proper testosterone therapy.  The doses of testosterone used to counteract the symptoms if andropause are much smaller than those used by athletes who take steroids to increase muscle mass.

Male menopause symptoms

One way to confirm andropause onset is by measuring levels of a hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a pituitary hormone that controls sex hormone secretion in men and women.  Andropause is heralded in by the increase in FSH levels, which can be measures in urine collected over a 24-hour period or in the blood.  Andropause is also verify through the estrogen urine test.  Here, the amount of male estrogen production is reflected in a days output of urine.  Amounts in excess of 20 mcg indicate the change has taken place says a medical doctor.

Male midlife crisis

Stress to males physical bodies comes in many forms.  In addition to the emotional and mental stress we commonly think of physical stress, illness, overwork or lack of sleep affects the adrenals.  The adrenal glands, which produce small amounts of the sex hormones, work together with the thyroid to produce and maintain the body's energy levels.  And extra energy is what you're after for peak sexual performance.

Any chemical substance, whether from environmental pollutants or diets high in refined and over processed foods, must be detoxified by our bodies, and this too puts stress on the adrenal glands.  Use of stimulants such as coffee, sugar, job stress and "recreational" drugs all contribute to burn-out.

Passion's flames are extinguished when the adrenals are burnout.  If you're tired when you get and spend the better part of your day spiking your tired adrenals glands with nicotine, sugar, caffeine, sodas, and excessive exercise just to get through another day, there's not much energy left to spike you into sexual action in the evening according to a medical doctor.

Testosterone deficiency interfered with the erections and suppresses sexual desire,  Testosterone levels decline with age.  As they decline, so do sexual desire and performance, especially in men. 

At age 25, the average testosterone level in men is about 200 picograms/ml.  At age 80, it's only 10 picograms/ml.  While testosterone levels decrease with age the incidence of impotence increases as men get older.

Andropause treatment

In increasing performance and men's ability to handle stress super nutrition plays a role.  The glucose in the body is being used as an energy source to run the rest of the body.  The result is the development of hypoglycemic symptoms, many of which are emotional in nature.  These can include insomnia, fatigue, nervous habits, headaches, and mental disturbances.  Using unprocessed whole foods and adopting a special eating plan will have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar, moods swing, focus, and long-term energy.

For optimal sexual functioning, the thyroid and adrenal glands, as well as testicular function, must be supported nutritionally.

Nutrients and herbs for men according to research:

  • Pollen:  Contains natural hormonal substances that stimulate and nourish the reproductive system and help increase sexual stamina.  Royal jelly can be of benefit for sterility and impotence.
  • Aloe Vera juice:  Aloe Vera juice is said to have sexually stimulating properties.  It's also healing for internal organs due to the propertied of it's oils, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other ingredients says a medical doctor.
  • Ginseng.  By helping you overcome fatigue and stress, recover from deficiencies and regain strength, ginseng benefits the entire body.  It does this in part by supporting the adrenal glands.  The herb has been studied extensively .  Laboratory test with rats show that following injection with a ginseng extracts, the animals copulated  more frequently.  Increased growth of the gonads was also noted.  Ginseng may produce side effects such as insomnia, irritability and nervousness especially if taken over long period of time.
  • Sarsaparilla.  A herb rich in phytoserols.  It also nourishes sex hormones. 

Other herbs that support the adrenal glands: Licorice roots, passionflower, and skullcap.



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Resource:  Woman's home companion

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