Q: I’ve been hearing about hormone replacement for men. Which hormone is replaced in this therapy and how do I know if I need it?
A: Testosterone is produced primarily in the testes and has numerous effects throughout the body. As men get older, testosterone levels generally decrease, and sometimes levels fall below normal. A simple blood test can determine your level. Symptoms of low testosterone, also called hypogonadism, can include loss of energy, fatigue, decreased sex drive, problems with erections and osteoporosis (weak bones). Testosterone replacement is one option, but you should discuss this with your physician as there can be side effects.
Chad Ritenour, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology,
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Emory Men’s Health Center and Outpatient Services