Medical Definition of Replacement therapy, testosterone

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

Replacement therapy, testosterone: The practice of giving testosterone to men when the testes do not produce enough testosterone. This may be due to absence, injury, or disease. Over supplementation has serious side effects.

Testosterone is available in oral, IV, patch forms, and implantable pellets. There is no known indication for testosterone in women, although it has been proposed as a treatment for decreased libido.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018