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Article Home Men's Health Testosterone therapy

Testosterone therapy

The possibilities of testosterone therapy are enticing in increasing the muscle mass, sharpen the memory and mental focus, too boost libido, and improve energy level. As you get older, testosterone therapy may sound like the ultimate anti-aging formula.

Testosterone therapy using testosterone replacement medications may be necessary for men who have very low levels of testosterone(hypogonadism).Testosterone therapy medications are available as injections, patches and gels.

Testosterone is an hormone produced in testis in males and ovaries in females.

It helps in various functions of the body like maintaining

  • Bone density
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle mass
  • Muscle strength
  • Red blood cell production
  • Sex drive
  • Sperm production

Decreased testosterone in the body causes

  • Decreased sexual function
  • Loss of bone density
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increase in fat mass
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Memory loss
  • Mood changes and depression.


 Benefits of therapy  Potential risks of testosterone therapy
  • Improve muscle mass and strength
  • Increase bone mineral density
  • Thicken body hair and skin
  • Improve sexual desire
  • Boost energy
  • Decrease irritability and depression
  • Improve cognitive function
  • Causes skin reactions
  • Cause fluid retention
  • Cause baldness
  • Cause or aggravate sleep apnea
  • Stimulate noncancerous growth of the prostate and cause or worsen urinary symptoms
  • Stimulate growth of prostate cancer that's already present
  • Enlarge breasts
  • Stimulate growth of breast cancer that's already present
  • Cause testicle shrinkage
  • Limit sperm production
  • Stimulate excess blood production
  • Cause acne