Testosterone Deficiency

By Dr. Kelvin Adams. Updated 13th Oct 2014

Testosterone deficiency or low testosterone is sometimes called the “Male Menopause” or “Andropause”, but these names are incorrect as men do not go through a menopause like women.

Testosterone is the main sex hormone, or androgen, in men. Testosterone levels are usually highest in men aged 20 – 30 years old, and thereafter, testosterone levels slowly drop. It is thought that it affects about 1 in 10 men over the age of 60.

In younger men, testosterone levels drop more rapidly if you are obese or have chronic serious health problems.

While most men known that low testosterone causes low libido (sex drive), low testosterone can also result in low mood, low energy, poor concentration and reduced muscle strength.

Testosterone deficiency is diagnosed by seeing your Doctor at Northside Clinic and having a full physical examination. This will involve checking your testes.

Blood tests are performed and need to be carried out first thing in the morning, on two separate occasions. The diagnosis of testosterone deficiency is only confirmed if these blood tests fall below an accepted level of testosterone.

If you qualify for testosterone replacement with a sufficiently low testosterone level, medication can be prescribed to you under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) after review by a specialist endocrinologist. Testosterone replacement is generally given as a topical (on your skin) gel, under-arm roll on, or injections. Once commenced, testosterone replacement is generally given for life and needs to be monitored by your Doctor.

Please note that the Doctors at Northside Clinic do not prescribe anti-aging or muscle-promoting hormones eg. Human Growth Hormone, DHEA, off-licence Testosterone, anabolic steroids and Melanotan, due to lack of sufficient scientific evidence, known safety profile, and inability to prescribe under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.


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