Using Herbs to Cope with Andropause

While it may not be as widely known about as female menopause, males experience a type of menopause as well.  It is a very real medical condition which troubles men between the ages of 35 and 65 – although for some it could start earlier in life. 

The symptoms of andropause are very similar to the symptoms of menopause in women – from feeling depressed and irritable to losing your hair, gaining weight, sexual dysfunction, confusion and much more.  Thankfully, there are many different things you can do to cope with andropause and help control the symptoms.

While female menopause is typically started by a drop in estrogen and the ceasing of the menstrual period, andropause starts gradually.  Over the years, the levels of testosterone in the man decrease, leading up to these symptoms and issues.  DHEA can often help because the pituitary glands turn it into testosterone.  It’s a great way to counteract the decreasing levels of testosterone in men which cause andropause symptoms.  DHEA can be found anywhere health food or supplement items are sold.

Another supplement, called Amidren works by balancing out hormone levels while increasing testosterone levels. It’s a great product and is designed just for males experiencing andropause. Of course, you will want to check with your physician before starting Amidren or any other herbal supplement.  No side effects have been reported to date, but it’s always a good idea to clear things with your doctor.

Black Cohosh is an herbal supplement that has been used for years to treat symptoms like depression, hot flashes and panic attacks – all of which can be experienced with andropause.  This supplement reduces hormones which cause some of these symptoms – although some individuals may experience nausea or headaches while taking Black Cohosh.  You also don’t want to take it for an extended period of time because it can alter liver enzymes and create issues there.

Chances are you already know the benefits of the herbal supplement Ginseng.  This is a great herb for men, increasing sex drive and enhancing performance.  This herb is easy to get online, at the local grocery or health food store and other places.  You can also get it in the form of tea or tablets.  Ask your doctor about other herbs which may be used to treat the symptoms of andropause.  If he or she is not helpful, consider finding a homeopath who can point you in the right direction.