In the early 40’s or mid 40’s a male, by way of natural progression, begins to slow down physically and mentally. No longer is running up the stairs an inviting proposal. He will wait for the lift. It would appear that the body has somehow gone from being vibrant, energetic, lively and pulsating to being not so fast, cautious and low on energy. It is almost as if nature is signaling for the “man to pause”.
In some cases menopause can also occur at a very early age of 35 or it can happen at an advanced age of 65. Unlike in women, male menopause does not have an almost definitive time of arrival. In fact, in some men it does not happen at all even when they are past the age of 70 and beyond.
It is also seen that men who take care of themselves properly by way regular exercise, balanced diet, have a happy and positive attitude towards life in general, are socially active and are usually the ones who enjoy life to the fullest, menopause normally does not come within touching distance of such people. The fact to be noted here is that physically a man does start getting weak once he crosses the age of 40. This is how nature functions. And once he ensnares himself in the trap of nature then not only menopause but a whole lot of other problems follow. Following this line of thought even a person young by age may fall victim to a sedentary lifestyle, overeating, little or no physical exercise, etc. and there you find the sex drive becoming low, increase in weight, little or no zest for life etc. All the symptoms of a menopause.
On the other hand, you may find a man of about 45-50 or may be even beyond 60 having great sex lives, full of life and energy, enthusiasm and ready to meet all challenges life has to offer – giving the impression that they have just come out in life. A peek into their lifestyle would reveal:
- Regular physical exercise
- Proper nutritional and balanced diet
- Limited or no alcohol intake
- Positive approach towards life
- Never say die attitude
Male menopause is also called andropause, primarily since it heralds the decline in testosterone levels. Testosterone is the male sex hormone which is responsible for almost everything regarding the male sex.
What are the indications of male menopause?
- Significant drop in sex drive
- Inability to enjoy sex
- Inability to maintain strong erection
- Muscles and joint aches
- Mood swings
- Irritability and nervousness
- Sleeping problems
- Increase in weight
- Urinary problems
- Loss of hair
- Injury or illness taking longer time for recovery
- Memory problems
- Decreased concentration
- Feeling of anxiety or fearfulness
- Decreased self-confidence
Medicines normally treat only the symptoms and do not tackle the root of the problem. However, supplements can supply the essential nutrients required by the body to function in a healthy way.
Almost all vitamins will help in providing relief with some male menopause problems.
- Vitamin A: helps with dry skin, protects night vision
- Vitamin B: helps with mood swings, depression and anxiety
- Vitamin C: works wonders with the skin and connective tissue
- Vitamin D: improves bone strength
Apart from these there are some herbal remedies like:
- Ginseng: This herb has been found to be quite effective in tackling libido problems. It provides vitality, strength and stamina and at the same time is safe to use.
- Gingko Bilboa: This herb assists by increasing the blood flow and thereby improves penile erection. It also increases the circulation of blood in the genital area.