Tantra and Andropause
Updated: Sep 19, 2019
Andropause can affect men as early As 40 years of age depending on a number of factors, including diet, activity level, and genetics—testosterone can begin to decline as early as age 40 through to age 70. It’s common knowledge that older men tend to have lower testosterone levels compared to younger men. Few men, however, are aware that similar changes are also happening for them. This period is called andropause. Men often seem to take their decline in libido and occasional erectile dysfunction personally and think that something is wrong with them. Men are often embarrassed or hesitant to bring up andropause symptoms with a health professional if they experience shrinking testes, swollen breasts (a condition called gynecomastia), and loss of body hair
The correct term is Andropause or 'viropause;' and, YES, men do go through it. The symptoms are much more gradual than the female menopause, and only rarely do men get the 'hot flushes.' But they do find an increase in nightly and morning fatigue, decreased sex interest and increased irritability... Another common sign of andropause is insomnia, trouble falling asleep, disturbed sleep, or interrupted sleep patterns (i.e., you may suddenly require more sleep or rise earlier). Some men also complain of low energy and fatigue throughout the day.
Accept it or not, your body has been gradually changing and around 55 to 60 begins to rebel at all vestiges of manhood, this change can't logically be denied. The problem is not stress at work or financial pressures, a vacation with a loving partner won't stimulate a firm erection more often. When your testosterone level falls below 350 ng/dl. your masculine characteristic simply doesn't function properly. The pituitary is attempting to stimulate the demand for testosterone production but the testes can't produce.
I believe nature sets us up to be quite sexually active in our younger years to give birth to children when we are in our physical prime, and then it slows us down in order to take more time to go into real intimacy and connection to experience union of heart and spirit as well.
What we need to remember is that sex is not just about intercourse. There is a variety of sensual, loving, exciting activities that can bring joy and satisfaction. For women experiencing menopause especially, they might need and want more touching and foreplay than before, but after years of marriage, it can be more difficult to change. Asking for what you need is important.
What Does Tantra Teach Men?
These techniques come to us from the ancient knowledge of Tantra, the art and science of becoming a more conscious person and lover. They include methods of concentration to tune into your body sensations, without allowing your mind to wander, or comparing this experience with others, or rushing to reach a specific goal. They include very important breathing techniques–some designed to increase sexual energy, some to surrender to that energy, and some to control that energy. Also important are techniques designed to use sound in a special way to vibrate different parts of the body to further expand that energy. There are men who feel embarrassed to make sounds during lovemaking, believing only women make them. But after they try them and experience the qualitative and quantitative differences of erotic excitement that the orgasmic sounds can produce, they accept the idea with more enthusiasm.
The techniques of seven levels of movements–from the shallowest and slowest to the deepest and fastest. For example, as you feel yourself approaching the point of ejaculatory inevitability, you’d change your pelvic movement from the yang to the yin–that is, from the fast and strong thrust to a slower and more relaxed one, perhaps directing the thrust away from your partner’s body and softening the penetration.
Another analogy that helps explain multiple orgasms is that of climbing a tall mountain with several peaks. When you’re almost within reach of the first peak, you hang out in an adjacent valley and feel the blessings of the high energy you’ve generated so far. You can use tantric techniques to sustain your erection for as long as you want, and at the same time connect deeper with your love partner’s heart and soul. At this first peak, you can have your first non-ejaculatory orgasm that involves the whole body. It’s also called a Valley Orgasm. It’s as though all the cells of your body are exploding with pleasure and excitement, while the lingam (the penis) is still retaining most of its energy. It takes just a moment of concentration on the lingam for it to recharge even stronger than before.
After this invigorating “rest” you can resume the movement and the breathing that will bring you to the next peak, and then to yet another. The full-body orgasms get increasingly stronger, until you reach the highest peak of the Himalayas. This lovemaking could culminate in the biggest, strongest orgasm that you’ve ever experienced. This is when you can go beyond your body to feel your connection with the whole cosmos. You then can really experience the feeling that you’re not only a cell in the infinite universe, but you also are the universe, and can come back into your physical reality fully recharged and more at peace.
If after many such peaks you decide to ejaculate as well, Tantra recommends that you do that by taking the longest, deepest breath and then exhale slowly, vocalizing your excitement while you’re ejaculating. Tantric masters can prolong their ejaculations to last for nine consecutive deep breaths.
A study from China showed that men who practiced semen retention had increased their testosterone levels by 45.7 percent after just seven days. That's pretty amazing. It makes sense, since we know that testosterone is linked to sex drive. The more you store up, the more sexual energy you have floating around your body.
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