If a young man's low testosterone is a problem for a couple trying to get pregnant , gonadotropin injections may be an option in some cases. These are hormones that signal the body to produce more testosterone. This may increase the sperm count. Hedges also describes implantable testosterone pellets, a relatively new form of treatment in which several pellets are placed under the skin of the buttocks, where they release testosterone over the course of about three to four months. Injections and nasal gels may be other options for some men.
There are solutions. Some men don't experience much of a crisis anyway, they just continue living through the first part of their life and into the second. Others go through a period of great turbulence but then find a new course and approach for the second passage of their lives. This may involve a new set of challenges, a new direction, or a coming to terms with what they have got. Often the new paths are more spiritual and less driven than those of their youth. But a few may succumb to disaster in the form of drug, alcohol and sexual addiction, or spend the rest of their lives drifting around aimlessly in a state of depression. The book by Dr Malcolm Carruthers contains vital information on what you can do if this applies to you: "The mid-life crisis, even when it brings on depression, despair, anxiety or fear, is a time of great challenge, out of which come symbols of transformation. As we age, we human beings yearn for wholeness. We yearn for parts of ourselves that have been in the dark to find sunlight, and those that were sunburned to find shade. We yearn for the parts that have been underdeveloped to grow, and those that were overdeveloped to be pruned. We yearn for the parts that have been silent to speak, and those that were noisy to be still. We yearn for the parts that have been alone to find companionship, and those that have been overcrowded to find solitude. In short, we yearn to live our unlived lives." Continued on Andropause page 2 - go here! where we examine the sexual consequences of the andropause including erectile dysfunction and delayed ejaculation. Symptoms of the male mid-life crisis and the andropause Your penis seems to have shrunk