Is Male Menopause Killing My Sex Drive?

Since I turned 60, my sex drive has disappeared. Now I’m just not interested. Is it hormonal — male menopause — or my age? — Sam Q., Alamosa, Colo.

It can be, but you have to do a few things. You should see a specialist to have your hormone levels checked — particularly testosterone — and ask about taking bioidentical/human identical hormones, which must be prescribed by a truly knowledgeable physician. Also, make sex a priority. Go on

a date with your wife, watch a sexy movie, or engage in serious foreplay for a few days to reconnect with her. In time, you will regain the

passion, and with the help of the hormones, you will have more and better sex than before. I have patients in their 70s — men and women — who boast about having sex many times a week in 40-plus-year marriages. You can get to a similar place; it just takes a little work.

I know that high blood pressure is a problem, but mine is really low, usually around 100/70. Is there any problem with this? I’m a 52-year-old woman and I feel fine.

—Helen W., Charter Township, Mich.

If you feel fi ne, this blood pressure is normal for you. If you were tired or

lightheaded, I would have concerns, but given that you are feeling fi ne, you are most likely quite healthy. Enjoy being on the healthier side

of the spectrum.

My dad is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. He is a retired engineer with a really high IQ — does this mean his disease will progress more slowly? — Joan S., Enid, Okla.

What he did before retirement is not necessarily going to help slow down the disease. It may serve to help him be more proactive, but there are a lot of things he needs to start doing to slow down the progression. First, he may benefi t from thyroid and testosterone supplementation.

About Dr. Schwartz: Erika Schwartz, M.D., is the leading national expert in wellness, disease prevention, and bioidentical hormone therapies. Dr. Schwartz ( has written four best-selling books, testified before Congress, hosted her own PBS pledge special on bioidentical hormones, and is a frequent guest on network TV shows.

Changing his diet to an alkaline, anti- infl ammatory, and organic diet that is high in vegetables and low in meats will defi nitely be helpful. Exercising every day to keep endorphin levels up and maintain muscle mass is crucial. Sleep is key. He must get at least

eight hours of sleep at night. Keeping him on a normal schedule in which he gets sleep at night, is engaged, and works a full day will help keep the disease at bay. Also, supplements like omega-

3 fatty acids (in fi sh oil), neuro optimizers like phosphatidylcholine, choline, Serine, acetyl-carnitine, and lipoic acid may be of help. Finally, keeping him involved

in mentally stimulating and highly interactive cognitive activities will serve to keep his disease from progressing, possibly for a long time.

I hope you can settle a disagreement between me and my friend. She insists that bras and deodorant increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. I say that’s a myth. Who’s right? — Marilyn K., Jonesboro, Ark.

We don’t really know, so you are both off the hook. Urban legends abound and some have brought up the possibility that deodorants increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. I’m not sure I’ve heard the rumor about bras. In any case, no solid data exists to

show there is a risk. Make yourself feel comfortable by doing what feels right to you. If that means eliminating certain types of bras and changing deodorant, by all means do it.

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