Q: Does Viagra have the same effect as testosterone?
A: No. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) works
differently from Viagra. Viagra affects your cardiovascular
system only. Although it can increase blood flow to the penis,
it will not improve your sexual function if you lack sexual
desire (a symptom of low 'bio-available' testosterone).
Testosterone, on the other hand, works on the whole body and
helps improve all aspects of sexual response. Testosterone is
the hormone of sexual desire in both men and women. As a result,
if testosterone levels are low, so is the desire for sex.
Erectile dysfunction (or ED) is a complex problem that requires
a thorough psychological and physical exam. Physicians may use a
combination of approaches or therapies to treat ED. Testosterone
replacement therapy can not only complement many of these
treatments and help improve a man's erectile quality, it can
also increase sexual desire and prevent debilitating diseases
like osteoporosis and, possibly, cardiovascular disease.
Q: I am already taking so many medications for this and
that. Should I learn to age gracefully without taking any more
A: It took many years for women to accept hormone
replacement therapy. Estrogens are known to offer postmenopausal
women many physical benefits, improve their psychological
well-being, and therefore their overall quality of life. TRT can
do the same for men who are experiencing Andropause. Ask your
doctor whether the medications you are already taking may
exclude you from benefiting from TRT.
Q: I am 72 years old. Am I too old to start testosterone
A: No patient is too old to start testosterone therapy if
it is clearly indicated. As for any medication, testosterone
should be taken under a physician's care, with regular follow-up
Q: Does having to take testosterone mean I'm less
A: Not at all. In fact, even the most 'macho' men can
develop this condition.
Q: Doesn't testosterone make men aggressive and hostile?
A: Because of reports of the abuse of anabolic steroids
by athletes, testosterone has suffered from a negative public
image. The perception is that testosterone is responsible for
undesirable male traits such as aggression and hypersexuality.
And some people have developed a fear that it will 'bring out
the beast' in men. These are myths. They stem from results of
testosterone being used by men with normal testosterone levels
who took testosterone at doses which were much higher than TRT
doses prescribed for men going through Andropause.
Q: I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Can I take
A: No. In men who have an existing cancer of the
prostate, testosterone can promote its growth. This is why
testosterone replacement is not recommended for men with
Q: I have an enlarged prostate. Can I take testosterone?
A: The prostate slowly enlarges as men age. In some men
testosterone can cause this process to speed up. However, in
most studies no abnormal growth was found even after long-term
testosterone replacement therapy. Some men with enlarged
prostates can qualify for testosterone therapy, but others do
not. Only a physician can make the decision of whether you
qualify. If you do take testosterone replacement your physician
will monitor the health of your prostate with regular (PSA)
blood tests and physical examinations.
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