High and Low Testosterone Levels in Men (cont.)

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What is the treatment for low-T in men?

There is treatment available low testosterone levels. Doctors may prescribe medications that contain testosterone such as:

  • Injections
  • Patches
  • Topical creams
  • Gels

What men should not use testosterone therapy?

Not all men may be candidates for this type of treatment.

  • Testosterone should not be used in men with suspected or known prostate cancer or breast cancer. Moreover, the testosterone may put a male that has kidney, liver, or heart problems at higher risk for complications from these diseases.
  • Before testosterone therapy is initiated, it is very important to check with your doctor to determine what treatment, if any, is right for you.

How often should a man have his testosterone levels checked?

So, how does one ensure that testosterone levels remain in balance? Some doctors suggest that monitoring testosterone levels every five years, starting at age 35, is a reasonable strategy to follow. If the testosterone level falls too low or if the individual has the signs and symptoms of low testosterone levels described above, testosterone therapy can be considered. However, once testosterone therapy is initiated, testosterone levels should be closely monitored to make sure that the testosterone level does not become too high, as this may cause stress on the individual, and high testosterone levels may result in some of the negative problems (described previously) seen.

Finding the appropriate balance of testosterone is possible through discussions with your doctor, and it requires your willingness to have testosterone levels checked before the initiation of therapy and then checked routinely in the future.

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Medically reviewed by Michael Wolff, MD; American Board of Urology

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FDA evaluating risk of stroke, heart attack and death with FDA-approved testosterone products.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse. DrugFacts: Anabolic Steroids.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. New medical review refutes link between testosterone replacement therapy and heart disease; low t institute weighs in.

Southeastern Medical Oncology Center. Polycythemia is a Common Blood Problem.

Urologyhealth.org. Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism).


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/28/2016

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