There’s a lot of reasons why anyone could come to a need for Testosterone Therapy and on most occasions, they’re used to treat symptoms of sexual dysfunction in men and women, and hot flashes in women. And although the nature of the treatment is culturally controversial, there are a lot of benefits to testosterone therapy.
Low testosterone levels are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and carotid atherosclerosis. Additionally, Low testosterone levels increase cardiovascular disease. High testosterone levels protect against cardiovascular disease. Symptoms of low testosterone may occur due to decreased serum levels or reduce receptor site sensitivity. In spite of normal blood levels, patients will still feel and function better when testosterone is prescribed. In fact, testosterone replacement improves muscle mass and strength, libido, erectile function, bone density, memory, cognition, myocardial function. It is unconscionable for physicians not to treat men with testosterone if need arises.
Testosterone replacement in women significantly decreases carotid atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (American Journal of Epidemiology 2002; 155: 437-445.). Administration of testosterone to women eliminates hot flashes, lethargy, depression, incontinence, fibrocystic disease, migraine headaches, and poor libido. Testosterone also improves well-being, sexual desire, frequency and intensity of orgasm (Consultant, 1999 August 2006-07.).
But here enters the myth that testosterone replacement can increase your risk of prostate cancer but the truth is, testosterone levels have nothing to do with causing prostate cancer (Cancer 1999, July 15; 88(2): 312-5.). None of the 12 longitudinal population based studies, such as the “Physician’s Health Study,” found any increased risk of prostate cancer in men with higher levels compared to men with lower levels of testosterone (New England Journal of Medicine 2004; 350: 482-92.).
At the end of the day, there is no existing data that suggests that testosterone therapy will have lasting negative effects – but only when administered correctly by medical professionals.