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Androgen

Can testosterone cream increase libido?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered


    If you're experiencing a decrease in libido, you may be experiencing a drop in your own androgen levels. Your doctor can prescribe small doses of a testosterone cream or a pill called Estratest, which combines estrogen with libido-increasing testosterone. (Ask your doc to modify this if you are taking an estrogen for hormone replacement therapy.) The cream is applied around the vagina, on the skin, or as drops under the tongue because that's how the large molecules are best absorbed. (If taken orally, the enzymes in the stomach might destroy the hormone before absorption takes place.)
  • AMike Carragher, DO, Age Management Medicine, answered

    Testosterone isn’t only fuel for a man’s sex drive and libido. Low testosterone can reduce your ability to have satisfying sex. If low testosterone is the cause, treating it with hormone therapy can help. And if you have low sex drive, decreased sexual performance or unsatisfying sex, a complete hormonal evaluation should be done, including a physical exam and measurement of total testosterone, free testosterone, DHEA, sex hormone binding globulin, LH, human growth hormone (HGH), and other hormones.

  • AEd Ratush, Psychiatry, answered on behalf of Good In Bed
    While Testosterone is related to libido, A thorough evaluation is necessary prior to committing to a course of treatment that may lead to biological dependence on testosterone products. The hormonal system is in a sophisticated balance therefore increasing testosterone will inevitably lead to decreased production by your body. This is not the best way to go about treating libido although in rare cases may be necessary. You have to decide, do I want the best way or the easiest way. Best way involves time, work, and emotional exploration. Taking medicine whether pills, shots or creams is easier but never reaches the benefit gained from the "Best Way" approach.
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