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Study Examines Sexual Benefits of Testosterone Therapy

Study Examines Sexual Benefits of Testosterone TherapyMen with very low testosterone may see improvements in sexual function with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), according to a recent review of medical studies.

Experts note that TRT may improve erections in men with very low testosterone levels. However, TRT is not a standard treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED).

After analyzing studies involving both animal and human subjects, researchers got a better understanding of how testosterone affects male sexuality and more specifics on how TRT may help.

Produced by two glands called the testes (testicles), testosterone is sometimes referred to as a “male” hormone because it plays such a large role in masculinity. (Women’s bodies make testosterone, too, but in smaller amounts.) Characteristics like facial hair, muscle mass, and a deeper voice are all driven by testosterone. The hormone is important for a man’s sex drive and erections, too.

Sometimes, men’s bodies don’t produce enough testosterone because of problems with the testes themselves or with areas of the brain that trigger testosterone production. This is called hypogonadism. Men in this situation may undergo testosterone replacement therapy in the form of gels, patches, and injections. In March 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a pill form of TRT for certain hypogonadal men.

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