Man Menopause: How to Deal With It the Natural Way

by Laura Ramirez on April 7, 2011

Man menopause is real, and it is defined by lower testosterone levels in middle-aged men. Unlike menopause among women, male menopause or andropause doesn’t occur within a defined period in a man’s life. It also doesn’t render the male reproductive system ineffective the way it does gradually to women.

What Is Man Menopause and How Do You Deal With It?

Men-opause or man menopause has become a convenient term to describe the collective symptoms of lowered testosterone during middle age: decrease in libido and sexual urges, lack of concentration and focus, memory loss, insomnia, fatigue, sweating, depression, mood swings, and yes, even hot flashes and osteoporosis. And while men can still produce sperm well into their eighties because hormone production doesn’t completely stop for them, andropause can render some men impotent at certain times.

These are valid concerns for men experiencing andropause. The good news is that there are natural remedies for man menopause that don’t have to be expensive nor risky. They can aid greatly in slowing down hormonal and age-related sexual decline, as well as keep anxiety-causing and embarrassing andropause symptoms at bay.

Prepared natural remedies for better sexual response during middle age. Fortunately, there are now products available in the market offering non-addictive herbal remedies that specifically target the health of the male reproductive system. These are available in easy-to-take tinctures and pills.

Be on the lookout for herbal products containing proven herbal ingredients like the funnily but aptly named horny goat’s weed (Epimedium grandiflorum). This is a popular aphrodisiac in China that supports healthy testosterone levels and protects the prostate glands and seminal vesicles. Also consider the herbal ingredients gokshura, which promotes muscle health and overall male bodily strength; elauthero, an Oriental medicinal herb that encourages the yang (or male) energy and supports natural vitality; saw palmetto, a fruit used by Seminole Indians as a tonic for urogenital health; sarsaparilla, an herb that mimics the actions of particular human hormones and supports healthy production of testosterone and progesterone; and Kola nut, which rejuvenates the body, lessens fatigue, and replenishes energy levels. A specially formulated preparation to treat man menopausethat contains all these ingredients is more effective than taking them individually and will boost normal hormone production.

Certain lifestyle changes. These include proper exercise and a healthier diet. Man menopause does signal a decline, and it’s the perfect time to reconsider lifestyle choices to accommodate ones that can improve physical, mental, and emotional functions during this time. It’s often called the male midlife crisis, but there are things you can do and change to keep the so-called crisis from wreaking havoc in your life.

You don’t have to drastically revise your diet. Start by cutting down on greasy fried food, caffeine and refined sugar because they can contribute to hormonal imbalance. But don’t go on a very low fat diet immediately! This can result in even lower testosterone levels that mimic preadolescence. Instead, choose healthy fats from seafood, chicken, turkey, and other lean meats. For salads, opt for lighter dressings such as vinaigrette or flax seed instead of heavy and creamy ones. While you’re at it, decrease your alcohol consumption, as well. Drinking too much too often can result in erectile dysfunction and even prostate problems as you age.

Man menopause also means you have to up your intake of zinc. Zinc magnesium and vitamin B6 are vital for sexual potency and male sexual function. Some food rich in zinc are seeds, nuts, liver, oysters (famously considered aphrodisiacs in many cultures), and brewer’s yeast.

For a man, menopause is also a time to avoid stressful situations that won’t contribute to overall mental and emotional well-being. If you haven’t retired from work yet, try to at least lessen your workload that can cut significantly into quality time with loved ones, and even on vacations that can work wonders for you. Avoid being around negative people and getting involved in toxic situations.

And finally, exercise. A sedentary lifestyle only reinforces man menopause’s symptoms, especially on the sexual dysfunction part. Studies have shown that exercising regularly can contribute greatly on improved sexual function and performance. A fit man is a virile man, no matter how cliché it may sound.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All rights reserved.

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