Anti aging guide

Problems of Gender and Aging Affecting Men



How intimate problems like impotency and floundering libido could affect older men when aging

Testosterone is a steroid hormone which plays a part in maintaining masculinity. It is called the male hormone but it also has a role to play in women. An age-related decline of the levels of testosterone in the blood can contribute to osteoporosis and heart disease and intimate problems such as impotence and floundering libido.

Low testosterone is also associated with tiredness, depression and a reduction of facial hair.

The production of this hormone varies during the day. It is higher in the morning and low in the evening. Some men have a more noticeable loss of testosterone than others, so it is difficult to establish what is a normal level and what is abnormal. Some doctors use testosterone replacement therapy to prevent angina and heart attacks, to improve mental function and to help treat impotence.

Lack of testosterone may be a natural effect of age, sometimes called the andropause or male menopause, and doctors believe that replacements of testosterone are necessary to overcome this. Other doctors don’t believe that the male menopause exists.

Libido is the desire to have gender, whereas potency is the ability to achieve an erection. Testosterone affects both of these functions, but it is possible for one to exist without the other. Impotence, the inability to achieve and maintain an erection for sufficient time to have a intimate experience, is affected not only by testosterone but also by:

  • atherosclerosis and circulation problems of the blood to the penis
  • diabetes
  • drugs
  • psychological problems including stress, depression or anxiety
  • operations on the prostate

This problem affects 20 million Americans and many more millions world-wide. The arrival of Viagra has only scratched the surface, but there are many other treatments, some more effective than others. These include:

  • implant devices, placed within the tissues of the penis and stimulated on demand
  • a vacuum pump device
  • rings applied at the base of the penis to trap blood inside and prevent it from escaping
  • injections in the penis with chemicals to aid blood flow
  • pellets which are applied inside the urethra to stimulate the tissues and maximize the flow of blood
  • herbal supplements such as ginkgo biloba and yohimbine

Yohimbine is the extract of the West African yohimbe tree. It increases the flow of blood to the penis and has a role to play in boosting flagging libido. Side effects include dizziness, headaches and nervousness. In practice, it is only somewhat effective in one in three users.

Another herbal supplement used in impotence is ptychopetalum olacoides (Muira puama). This is a Brazilian shrub, the extracts of which have been used by the Amazonian Indians for centuries as an aphrodisiac and to aid erection. Standardized extract of this shrub has been used in a trial involving over 2,000 people in Paris. Its manufacturers recommend taking three to six tablets a day for several days, as it works long term and not on the spot. As usual, there is only a very small number of trials supporting the use of this supplement.

Other complementary treatments for impotence are:

  • hypnotherapy to boost confidence and to reduce anxiety
  • touch therapy (healing) to reduce feelings of stress and to make positive use of energy
  • chi kung, also to balance the energy within the body
  • breathing exercises with shallow breathing (the Buteyko method)


Posted by Carol Hudgens - April 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm