Testosterone Booklet

Testosterone in men booklet

Understand your condition

Assess your symptoms

Take the Aging Male Syndrome Self Assessment

Aging Male Symptoms (AMS)

The AMS self assessment is well suited to assist in both the diagnosis of testosterone deficiency and for the monitoring of treatment in patients using testosterone replacement therapy.

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Conditions & treatment options.

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Side effects and Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

Important note: Patients who Should NOT use Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Patients who have:

  • Breast cancer
  • Known or suspected prostate cancer
  • Severe liver disease
  • Severe kidney disease

Testosterone replacement therapy should only be undertaken under specialist medical advice and supervision for these patients.

Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Side effects are usually the result of excess amounts of testosterone.

Side effects include:

  • Too frequent or persistent erections of the penis (priapism)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swelling of the ankles
  • Acne
  • Headaches
  • Gynecomastia (breast development)
  • Increased appetite

Your doctor can easily manage any side effects that you may have. Side effects are unlikely to occur when the dosage is kept to the recommended level.

Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Risks often associated with testosterone include:

  • Prostate disease
    • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate): testosterone use does increase the size of the prostate in the first six months of treatment. However, men with testosterone deficiency often have a reduced prostate size. In most cases, treatment enlarges the prostate to “normal” prostate size.
    • Prostate cancer: there is no evidence to suggest that replacing low testosterone levels to within the normal range will lead to an increased chance of developing prostate cancer
  • Changes to cholesterol and other serum lipids
    • Synthetic testosterone has been known to have negative affects on cholesterol and other serum lipids
    • Pure testosterone (as used in implants, patches, gels and creams) has no negative effect on cholesterol and other serum lipids
  • Coronary heart disease
    • There is significant evidence to suggest that men with low testosterone levels may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular concerns
    • Testosterone replacement can improve symptoms of chronic stable angina
  • Polycythemia (abnormal increase in red blood cells)
    • There is a direct link between testosterone dose levels and polycythemia. This side effect, though not life threatening or severe, must be monitored yearly by a medical professional. It is most common when using injection treatments, as the levels of testosterone are higher than normal for several days after treatment.

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