Low Testosterone (Low T) - Treatment

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What is the treatment for low testosterone?

The initial consideration for treating low testosterone is to find the underlying cause and address that issue.

While the testosterone levels fall with aging, there is no evidence that this is an abnormal condition requiring treatment.  However, research results are inconclusive, and studies measuring the effect of testosterone in men age 60 to 80 found no benefit in mental or physical function.

Treatment of low testosterone in men

In men, low testosterone levels in the body can be supplemented by hormone replacement with testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy can be prescribed as an intramuscular injection usually given on a biweekly basis, as a patch or gel placed on the skin, or as putty that is applied to the gums of the mouth. Each of the treatments has its risks and benefits. The decision as to which form of testosterone to use depends upon the clinical situation. Discussions between the patient and health care practitioner often helps decide which medication to use.

Treatment of low testosterone in women

In women, in the United States there are currently no preparations that are FDA approved for testosterone replacement. Esterified estrogens and methyltestosterone (Estratest), manufactured by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, a combination of estrogen and methyltestosterone that was formerly available, was discontinued by the manufacturer in the spring of 2009.

Some doctors will advise women to cut the patches for men into smaller sizes, or to use the gel in smaller doses; however, the accuracy of these methods is questionable, as is the safety.

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