Low Testosterone Treatments

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Written by Robert M. Sargis MD, PhD

The most common treatment for low testosterone (also called male hypogonadism) is testosterone replacement therapy.  This should address the symptoms associated with low testosterone, such as low sex drive and poor erections.

It should be noted that if you have another condition causing low testosterone (such as a pituitary tumor), then your doctor will treat that, too.  Also, if fertility is a concern, you should talk to your doctor about your options.  This article, however, focuses on treating just the low levels of testosterone.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Options
You have several options for replacing testosterone.  Please talk to your doctor about all your options, and he or she will help you choose the method that works best for your lifestyle and budget.

To replace testosterone, you can use:

Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy isn’t right for everyone:  men who have had or who may have breast or prostate cancer should not use testosterone replacement therapy.

As with any medication, talk to your doctor about any concerns you have while you’re on testosterone replacement therapy.  You should especially mention if you have trouble breathing (particularly when sleeping) or if you have frequent/persistent erections.

Long-term use brings risks, particularly of prostate cancer in African-American men, men older than 40 who have a family history of prostate cancer, and men older than 50.  Men who fall into these categories should be carefully monitored for prostate cancer while on testosterone replacement therapy.

Low Testosterone Treatment Can Help
Replacing testosterone can help you feel better about your life—because low testosterone can make you feel discouraged, angry, or depressed.  Testosterone replacement therapy can help revive your interest in sex.  Since testosterone is so essential for muscle and bone health, getting your testosterone levels into a normal range can help you take better care of your body.

Low testosterone is an important medical issue, so if you suspect your testosterone levels are low, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss what’s going on.