Testosterone Therapy (TT)
Testosterone is a male sex hormone produced in the testicles. Normal male sexual development and function rely on testosterone hormone levels.
During puberty (the adolescent years), testosterone aids males in developing masculine characteristics such as body and facial hair, a deeper voice, and physical strength. Men require testosterone to produce sperm. Because testosterone levels decline with ageing, older men tend to have low blood testosterone levels.
If you have Low-T, you may require testosterone treatment (TT). Both the FDA and the AUA recommend that TT be used to treat inherited diseases such as Klinefelter syndrome.
You may also require TT if you injure or lose your testicles. If your testicles are removed due to a disease such as cancer, you may require TT. Most men with Low-T (regardless of the aetiology) will be treated if they have both symptoms and blood tests that reveal Low-T levels. If you believe you may require TT, consult your doctor.
The FDA was particularly worried when they discovered that males were being treated for Low-T only due to age. More study is being conducted to learn more about TT in elderly males. Your doctor will discuss the advantages and dangers of TT with you and will carefully examine how to address your symptoms.