Testosterone therapy can help to restore the sexual function of men with hypogonadism, increasing their energy levels and restoring their libido. This often leads to higher levels of enjoyment in life. Additionally, physical changes can increase the confidence of patients on testosterone therapy - often, muscle mass increases and men feel more 'normal' again.
Testosterone, historically believed to be important only for male sexual function, has over the past decades transformed from niche hormone to multi-system player.23 There is increasing recognition of the harmful consequences of hypogonadism (also known as testosterone deficiency) and the wide spectrum beneficial health effects of testosterone therapy.24,25
A growing number of studies have provided evidence that it takes several years for many of the beneficial health effects of testosterone therapy to manifest fully26, and that for most men maintenance of these health benefits requires lifelong testosterone therapy, as explained in the FAQ section.
Sexual dysfunction and low libido are among the most easily reversible symptoms of hypogonadism. Systematic reviews of randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials of testosterone in men, including older men (aged 60 years and over) and middle- aged men, with sexual dysfunction and hypogonadism have shown large favourable effects on libido and moderate effects on satisfaction with erectile function.1-5 In men who do not respond sufficiently to testosterone therapy alone, the combination of phosphodiesterase 5-inhibitors and testosterone may be indicated, as there are suggestions that the combination may be synergistic.1