Male Menopause - How to Treat it, Symptoms and Information
As with women when they get older, men also suffer their own kind of "menopause" known as andropause. This occurs in males starting at 40 years old when they begin to notice how their testosterone levels are lowering and they experience some changes in their attitudes, such as lack of sexual appetite, mood swings, weight gain and so on. This phenomenon that happens to some men cannot be cured because it is a natural imbalance of the human body; but some of the symptoms that occur can be reduced. In this oneHOWTO article we will explain how to treat male menopause, both with home remedies and with prescribed drugs; as well as its symptoms and more information on the subject.
First we'll briefly explain what male menopause is so you understand how to treat it and learn to live with it. From age 40, the male body begins to produce less testosterone and at 55 years old you begin to notice this hormonal failure more. This is what provokes the aging of men, including a limp body and constant mood swings. The medical term for this condition is andropause.
The symptoms of andropause are:
- Lower sex drive
- Rarer ejaculations
- More difficult fertilisation
- Shorter erections
- Humour changes
- Sagging body
- Weight gain and/or accumulation of fat around the abdomen or stomach
Andropause is not a disease or a condition that can be cured, because it is a hormonal change in the body caused by the passage of time. Therefore, when we refer to how to treat male menopause, we always mean the ways to relieve the symptoms and learn to handle this new stage of life.
On a pharmacological level, there are some treatments that orally or topically replace lost testosterone (there are patches, injections or gels). Using these treatments will reduce the impact on bone health, mental capacity and bodily strength. They also work to maintain libido and have longer erections.
However, these treatments have some side-effects which include:
- Fluid retention
- Acne and oily skin
- Decreased testicle size
- Increase of breast tissue
This treatment should always be supervised by a specialist so they can give you a personal examination and assess your situation and needs.
There are also home remedies for male menopause that, like the drugs, relieve symptoms and help regain some functionalities. For example royal jelly and ginseng are two perfect ingredients for enhancing male libido, providing energy to the body and speeding up the mind. For this we recommend taking capsules or ampoules with these ingredients every morning; if you prefer, you can also make a tea with both products and drink it before breakfast.
Add grapefruit to your diet to relieve some of the symptoms of andropause, especially those having to do with fitness. Grapefruit is recommended for eliminating those extra kilos, plus it will make your aromatase enzyme convert testosterone into oestrogen.
Another way to naturally treat andropause is with the maca root, a plant that solves hormonal changes resulting from the passage of time; in this OneHowTo article we tell you what the properties of maca are. This works for men because it is a sexual enhancer and balances testosterone in addition to increasing oxygen transport in the blood, causing neurotransmitters to increase sex drive. In fact, in Peru it is known as "Peruvian Viagra", and has always used as a natural alternative to Viagra.
Oats are a natural ingredient that also work to activate testosterone and create sexual appetite. So take 1 or 2 cups of oats a day because they are rich in zinc, a mineral that stimulates circulation in the pelvic area and makes you able to maintain erections longer. Besides these natural remedies, at OneHowTo we offer natural alternatives to Viagra so you can boost your libido without resorting to chemical or pharmaceutical products.
To live with male menopause or andropause and alleviate the effects on physical and mental health, you should live a healthy lifestyle as detailed below:
- Eat a balanced diet that is low in fat so you don't gain weight and you keep your general health excellent.
- Add foods rich in Omega 3s to your diet.
- Hydrate your body with at least 2 litres of water a day so that your metabolism works properly.
- Reduce consumption of alcohol and tobacco and opt for regular exercise to have a healthy mind and body.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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