The AMS questionnaire itself (or any other questionnaire) does not constitute a test or diagnosis of hypogonadism (also known as testosterone deficiency). A diagnosis of hypogonadism is based on symptoms that are indicative of testosterone deficiency (the AMS questionnaire can be used for symptom evaluation), combined with low testosterone levels as detected by mandatory blood testing.1-4
The AMS scale is comparable to other scales for aging males or screening instruments for testosterone deficiency, and thus can be used to identify symptomatic men who should be investigated further with a blood test of testosterone.7 It is commonly used as part of the diagnosis of hypogonadism, which requires the presence of characteristic symptoms and signs in combination with low serum levels of testosterone.8-11
The AMS scale is also a valuable tool to measure effects of testosterone treatment on symptom relief over time.15,16
In addition, the AMS scale can help you to “break the ice” at you first doctor visit, as it specifically asks for symptoms that you would not otherwise spell out, but that have an important impact on your wellbeing and quality of life.
On the last page of the questionnaire you will get the option to print out your AMS score. We suggest you do, and bring it to your doctor.
For more information about the AMS questionnaire, and all its validated language versions, visit http://zeg-berlin.de/expertise/diagnostics-tools/aging-male-symptoms-scale/about-ams-scale/
Disclaimer: This is for general information only and is not intended to replace a consultation with a healthcare professional, nor is it intended to provide specific medical advice and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions.