Health benefits of testosterone therapy in men with hypogonadism
Treatment benefits & life impact
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.
Figure: Health benefits of testosterone therapy in men with hypogonadism (low testosterone).
- Prevents anemia
- Controls sexual function (sex drive, erectile function, orgasm)
- Reduces lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)
- Improves mood, energy, wellbeing and quality of life
- Prevents depression
- Increases muscle mass
- Increases strength
- Decreases overall body fat mass
- Decreases belly (visceral) fat mass
- Increases bone mineral density