Hormone Replacement Therapy
In addition to erectile dysfunction, low testosterone can cause decreased sex drive (libido), fatigue, depression, decreased muscle strength, weakened bones, and difficulty with memory and concentration. Erectile dysfunction (ED), also referred to as impotence, is not commonly caused by low testosterone levels. But when it is, replacement therapy may improve sexual function.
In order to accurately tell whether you low testosterone (testosterone deficiency), your doctor will measure its level in your blood.
Testosterone replacement therapy is generally administered via IM injections, gels, patches, or long term pellets inserted under the skin.Oral medication is not approved in the United States because it may result in liver damage. Men with prostate or breast cancer are not candidates for hormone replacement therapy because it can result in the growth of cancerous prostate or breast tissue.
Potential side effects of testosterone replacement include increased cholesterol levels and red cell count and decreased sperm count.