Andropause and Midlife Symptoms Of Testosterone Deficiency

One of the interesting pieces of information That all middle-aged men need to know about is the male andropause. This is a period of time in a man’s life when his testosterone level drops and a variety of symptoms may develop in response to this decline in hormone.

There’s an interesting article here about how one man discovered that he was experiencing a male andropause: testosterone deficiency. They basically describe the symptoms Of the andropause as tiredness, loss of motivation, irritability and depression, physical weakness, muscle wasting, dry skin, and loss of libido, although there are others.

What I’d also add to this list is an increase in weight, which is very common when men’s metabolic rate declines, often a product of testosterone deficiency. It’s not easy to come to terms with these changes, since they involve a loss of identity of the most men, but it is possible to alleviate the symptoms by means of self motivation, testosterone supplementation, and appropriate weight loss programs.

One of the most interesting weight loss programs that has become popular in recent times on the Internet is the Venus factor, which works in harmony with the body by increasing the activity of leptin, a so-called fat burning hormone.

Now this program is actually billed as a way to lose weight for women, and the results certainly seemed to speak volumes about its effectiveness. What I’m wondering is whether or not it would be a good way for men in this situation to lose weight.

My suggestion is that if you’re at all interested in the possibility of an effective weight loss program, that you don’t have a look at the Venus Factor, and decide for yourself whether or not it’s actually very interest; even if it isn’t, one of the things that looking at the website will do for you is to give you a lot of information about the physiology of male and female bodies and how and why the requirements for weight loss are different between them.

Mid Life Crisis Symptoms

It Is Important To Recognize When A Man May Be Having A Midlife Crisis

The mid-life crisis is a phenomena that is often treated

as a joke. When it hits real people in their lives, however, it has the potential to be very destructive. The symptoms can be debilitating on their own. When a man is with a partner who does not understand them, they can trigger the break down of a relationship. Because of this, it is critical for anyone to be able to recognize the signs of midlife crisis in men.

There is no single strict criteria that a man has to meet
to be said to be experiencing a midlife crisis. There are a lot of themes that tend to arise in his life as a part of it, though. The middle stage of life is often when a man begins to look closely at how much he has achieved in life compared to what he hoped to do when he started out as a boy. In many cases, there is a significant gap between the two. Even when the gap is not large, it
is often the case that he looks at his life and realizes that the professional achievements that he fought so hard to win are less fulfilling than expected.

If a man begins to seem restless and dissatisfied
around the middle of his life, it is important to try not to take it too personally. Those who are in this situation often experience symptoms that are much like depression, and they can even go through a kind of mourning as they work to accept that the lives they dreamed about will not become reality. It is very easy for a man’s life partner to assume that these feelings mean that he is unhappy or resentful about the life that they share. In reality, though, it is just a natural adjustment period. Understanding this can go a long way
toward reducing the pain and the friction in the relationship over this issue.

It is natural that some men will reach a stage in life
where they realize that they are mortal and that some goals may simply be beyond their reach. This can be  a difficult adjustment, and it is sometimes even one that requires the guidance of a therapist. The  important thing is to try to be supportive of the men in your life, and not to take it too personally if they seem to suddenly become unsettled with life. It is not
abnormal, and it is something that you can work through together.

Signs Of The Midlife Crisis In Men

When you hear the term Mid life crisis in men, chances are you think of trophy wives and fancy little sports cars. Jokes are made about this transition period, but it is actually something  that should be taken seriously. This time in life isn’t all bad either.

The term midlife crisis was introduced by Elliott
Jacques in 1965. He defined this as a time when adults come to realize that life is moving along at a rapid rate and they are mortal. Others credit this term to Erik Erickson. No matter who gets the credit though, a midlife crisis is a time when people stop to take a look at their overall life. This may come out of the blue or it may result from a major life occurrence, such as the death of a parent or the youngest child leaving the nest for good.

Mid life crisis symptoms vary greatly from person to
person. Some find they are unable to sleep while others want to do nothing, but stay in bed. Morbidity often rears its ugly head and concentration may be a thing of the past. Regrets are not uncommon during this stage of life and men find they have sharp longings for a particular item or person. You may find that you are struggling with the answers to big questions, such as,
“What am I doing with my life?”

A majority of men experience a midlife crisis. This
transition period frequently involves work and family, but it can affect other areas of life also. You may begin questioning your economic status or religion may change in terms of how it affects your life. Goals and priorities are reevaluated at this time and dreams may be followed up on. Lives change drastically at this time and this can be very tough for all involved.

A man’s response to a midlife crisis depends in part
on the support he receives from others. If no support is received, depression may result. What are the signs to look for and what needs to be done when you become depressed?

Symptoms of depression include feelings of
hopelessness, pessimism, helplessness, guilt or worthlessness. If you no longer enjoy activities you have in the past, you may be depressed. Changes in eating or sleeping habits have been noted with depression and the same is true of restlessness or irritability. If you find you are depressed, seek the assistance of a professional.

Your doctor can help you get through your midlife crisis and depression. Therapy helps as do antidepressant medications. The time has come to make changes in your life. You are in a whole new stage and it can be a great one. It’s all a matter of how you deal with these changes and where you want to go.

  •  Are You Looking For More?

    Come along to a ManKind Project Adventure weekend and
    explore what life has to offer you. With the total, committed support of
    other men, you will gain a clear sense of who you are, what it means to be
    a man, and you’ll start to discover the full power of your mature

    After the Adventure weekend your journey can continue in a local men’s
    group, in the online MKP community, and in further trainings. And you can
    staff The Adventure weekend in any MKP community throughout the world.

    Our Principles

    Emotional Authenticity

    We challenge men to live with honesty and integrity, developing emotional
    intelligence and self awareness.

    Personal Responsibility

    We value personal accountability, and strive to take full responsibility
    for our feelings, owning the consequences of our choices and actions.

    Leadership Awareness

    We practisc principled leadership in every area of life and strive to
    serve as role models for all around us.

    Empowered Mission

    We value service, generosity and connection to spirit. We seek to live
    from a sense of deepest purpose while taking realistic steps towards
    fulfilling that purpose.

    Supportive Community

    We care for ourselves and the generations to come. We create safe,
    respectful, supportive networks where all men can learn and lead so as to
    fulfil their true potential.

    The ManKind Project (MKP) is
    an international organisation of volunteer men who are passionate about
    empowering men to live their true potential.

    We are a progressive men’s organisation inclusive
    and affirming of all men, regardless of colour, class, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, age, ability, and race. All men are welcome here!

Premature Ejaculation Effects

Anything as important as weak erections in older males will get attention – and for younger men, it seems that premature ejaculation is becoming an issue that’s just as important and pressing to many.

So, why is it the case a man’s inability to last longer during sex is receiving this level of research and investigation? The accelerated exchange of information in this computing era suggests that people who are conscious of their choices are no longer resigned to endure a sex life that is less than gratifying. The extensive information flow about sexual concerns that transpired in these past twenty years can be attributed to the easy availability of pornography on the internet and the steady decline of sexual inhibitions. This indicates that formerly taboo concepts such as premature ejaculation are now more commonplace, easier to deal with, and certainly easier for people to discuss. But despite these advances, just a few men try to get treatment.

The current crop of clinical findings has shown consistently that many men aren’t prepared to find any effective premature ejaculation treatment. For men it is apparently a self-esteem issue. Women actually view it as a jolting cessation of rhythm and connection at the most important juncture of lovemaking. It’s not so much about the fact that a woman can’t reach climax through conventional sex, because this is relatively uncommon in any case, but because lovemaking doesn’t last as long as it otherwise might. The closeness between them is suddenly severed prior to a woman gaining a firm hold of true connection with her partner.

Incredibly, effective remedies to this dysfunction were already proposed more than half a century ago when pioneers like Masters and Johnson wrote about sexual psychotherapy and other approaches. And these clinical interventions – commonly known as a “stop-start” technique and the “squeeze” technique – are very effective. The reason they aren’t as popularly accepted (and used) as might be expected is because couples don’t have the persistence to keep on using these methods. In part, this is because the male finds it more convenient to just let go and give in to the impulse to climax at that stage. He habitually does this at the point where ejaculation is no longer stoppable during intercourse.
And all men know how forceful and compelling the impulse to ejaculate is during sexual intercourse. It’s hard-coded in our genes by thousands of years of human evolution. The female needs to get pregnant for the species to survive, so the impulse to release is a naturally instinctive reaction. But, like many basic instincts, men can muzzle it – by firmly deciding to acquire control of their own orgasm. In short, the desire to ejaculate can be overcome, put aside, and subjugated for the longer term benefits of achieving stronger self-control during intercourse.

Preventing premature ejaculation is a rewarding way to achieve a higher level of male self-respect, self-esteem, and sexual self-control. But what is normal? Anything that’s as basic (as sex is) to human relationships is, by definition, always influenced by cultural and social norms. So, while the most recent studies have concluded that the mean length of conventional copulation is approximately seven minutes, the time deemed as normal for sexual intercourse in other cultures is entirely different.

One questionable method is that the time starting from the initial penetration up to the moment of ejaculation is usually measured by using a common stop watch. This seems ludicrous, during one of the most intimate interactions that a man and woman can have! So what level of reliability are we supposed to accept on measurements taken on a stop watch by the female partner while the man makes love to her, unless she’s completely unaffected by what he’s doing? And if the woman is indeed indifferent to to be able to operate a stop watch accurately, doesn’t that show that the male may not be really bothered about delaying his ejaculation?

Assuming that an experimental procedure such as this will produce any amount of reasonable data appears to be ludicrously optimistic. And even if we did agree to 7 minutes as the average duration for sex (and seven minutes is in fact longer than many clinical tests have demonstrated as an average length of time of intercourse), then how do we interpret the fact that in certain Arabic cultures fast ejaculation is singularly taken as a signature of sexual prowess? This indicates that the known occurrence of premature ejaculation in these Arab countries is, by definition, much lower than in, for example, Latin America, where both men and women consider drawn-out sexual intercourse as a sign of male strength.

One expert who has gone through mountains of data studying premature ejaculation is Dr. Marcel Waldinger, a neuropsychiatrist in the Netherlands, who also operates a sexual health clinic. He wrote that the actual number of males in the general population who are actually suffering from premature ejaculation is much lesser than findings from studies bankrolled by big pharmaceutical corporations might lead us to believe. His technique is to record the exact time between penetration and ejaculation. He maintains that this is the sole unbiased indicator of whether a male suffers from premature ejaculation or not.

So he excludes other factors like issues of sexual satisfaction and the men’s subjective judgments about their own faculty of self-control. However, many people would regard those things as indispensably fundamental to defining premature ejaculation. As a matter of fact, premature ejaculation has traditionally been defined in a manner that demonstrates either the man or the woman to be feeling emotional frustration directly attributable to the male’s rapid sexual responses. The reasoning here is that even if actual intercourse between a man and a woman only lasts 30 seconds but both are satisfied and contented with this, then the male partner, based on the classical definition, has really no issues with premature ejaculation .

Is this important? Yes, I think it does matter, for some very compelling reasons. Number one, it’s actually interesting and useful for men to have a a set of standards against which to judge themselves as lovers. The absence of such information can often result in low self-esteem and confusion when a man has no reasonable estimate how he performs sexually in relation to other men. Unless his friends are being honest about their sexual performance and talking about it openly, he won’t know whether two minutes, 5 minutes or 10 minutes of full control is adequate. And even if he does manage to make love for ten minutes but the woman doesn’t achieve her own climax, he will still have no idea if he’s achieving a satisfactory sexual performance or not.