Things to Know About Androgen Therapy

The testicles in males are responsible for the production of the hormone testosterone. Deficiency in its ability to produce this signaling molecule can be treated by the androgen therapy. The condition addressed by this treatment is known as hypogonadism.

When Androgen Therapy is Required?

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Poor libido
  • Anxiety
  • Shyness
  • Poor sleep
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Muscle loss
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Psychological and relationship problems
  • Decrease in the firmness of testicles
  • Shrinking of testicles
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in choosing words in language
  • High cholesterol
  • Increasing abdominal fat
  • Achy muscles
  • Irritability
  • Infertility
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Liquid stools
  • Cracking nails
  • Dry skin
  • Decrease in growth of body hair or beard
  • Frequent urination
  • Urination at night
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Loss of concentration

A simple blood test carried out in the clinic can reveal the testosterone level in the body. Its normal range is between 300-1000 ng/dl. Level between 500-700 ng/dl is expected to be present in healthy young men of the age group 20-40 years. Any discrepancy noticed while measuring this level might call for this hormone therapy.

Facts on Androgen Therapy:

  • The treatment is mostly meant for middle aged or old men with low testosterone levels.
  • It is also prescribed for people with malfunctioning testicles owing to cancer or bodily complications.
  • The mode of this treatment includes pills, cream, patch, tablets and injections given to the fat tissues or muscles.
  • Benefits reported on undergoing this treatment are alertness, high libido, erectile ability, increased well-being, lean muscle mass and less body fat.
  • Oily skin, acne, sleep apnea, accelerated progression of prostate cancer, thinning of the hair and hair loss are some of the known side effects of this therapy.
  • A research study presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, in Philadelphia, found that the risk of first fracture is 20 percent and second fracture risk is 57 percent within the first two years of men undergoing androgen therapy.

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