In a nutshell
This study looked at the research on testosterone to treat erectile function (ED – inability to achieve and maintain an erect penis) and libido (sex drive) in hypogonadal (small testicles) men. This review found that research supports testosterone therapy to improve ED and low libido in men.
Erectile dysfunction and decreased libido are common problems in older males. Several treatments such as drug therapies and social/psychological factors are commonly used. Testosterone is a male hormone that plays a role in these functions. It is necessary to assess if treatment with testosterone benefits these conditions
Methods & findings
The review studied research articles available on testosterone treatment for ED and low libido.
Testosterone therapy is useful in treating mild symptoms of ED. Testosterone therapy can also help patients become more responsive to drug therapies (phosphodiesterase inhibitors, such as Viagra) for ED. Low testosterone treated with therapy also increased libido.
The bottom line
The study concluded that testosterone therapy is useful in men with low levels, to treat erectile dysfunction and low libido.
The fine print
Future research on older men may help understanding of the effect of testosterone therapy.
Talk to your doctor about testosterone therapy if you have erectile dysfunction or low libido.
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Current opinion in urology
Aug 14, 2017
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