Testosterone – Low-T and Androgen Replacement Therapy

Recommended by Dr. Michael White, Updated on October 25th, 2018

The amount of the hormone naturally made by the male body starts to decrease around age 40. Lack of this key androgen in older men can cause health issues, including osteoporosis, loss of muscle mass and coordination (sarcopenia), and psychological symptoms. Doctors prescribe these drugs to treat these symptoms.

Some men turn to testosterone to increase sex drive and treat erectile dysfunction (ED) difficulty getting erections. In fact, according to an article published by Harvard Health Publications, some doctors used it to treat ED before Pfizer released Viagra in 1998.

Dr. Abraham Morgentaler is an advocate of using testosterone for treating men with sexual dysfunction, including ED.

Its well established that testosterone by itself, for men with sexual dysfunction that includes erectile dysfunction, can improve erections in the majority of men who take it, he told Harvard.

Morgentaler does admit that some men may require testosterone and Viagra, however, in order to have adequate erections.

Testosterone can be administered in a skin patch, skin gel, cream form, by injection, a solution applied to the armpit, or a patch applied to the upper gum. A number of clinics offer testing for Low T and sell testosterone medications, and several drug companies are marketing testosterone replacement drugs to these clinics and physicians, as well as to the public.

Once testosterone therapy is initiated, the patient usually undergoes lifelong treatment. Doctors will monitor the patients hormone levels every six months to a year. Depending on the patient, the checkups may be more frequent.

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