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How should I manage my andropause symptoms?

Marina Johnson
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Many factors can cause testosterone levels to decline. Before starting long-term testosterone replacement, a man should be carefully evaluated to determine the cause of his low testosterone. Pituitary or brain tumors can result in low testosterone and these may require surgery or other drugs. Failure to recognize this serious condition could be life threatening.

Prescription drugs may interfere with sexual function and reduce testosterone levels. Other less serious but treatable causes can include nutritional factors, stress, insomnia and other life-style issues. However, the good news is that when these are recognized and treated, testosterone may normalize without the need for testosterone treatment. The goal should be to enable a man to produce his own testosterone.

Viagra is a useful drug, which offers men an effective way to treat erectile dysfunction. However, erectile dysfunction is one of the key symptoms for low testosterone. Taking Viagra without undergoing endocrine evaluation could delay detection of a potentially treatable condition. Appropriate hormone treatment could eliminate the need for Viagra and enable the man to have normal sexual function.

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