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What are the hypogonadism treatment options ]?

For men diagnosed with hypogonadism, or Low Testosterone, which can be caused by certain medical conditions, there are some FDA-approved treatment options.

Key takeaways:

  • There are FDA-approved testosterone replacement therapies (TRTs) including gels and solutions, patches, injections, buccal tablets, and pellets.
  • Work with your doctor to learn if treatment is right for you.
  • TRT isn't appropriate for every man.

FDA-approved testosterone replacement therapies (TRTs):

Gels and solutions Patients apply a gel or solution daily, which allows testosterone to be absorbed through the skin.

Patches Patches allow testosterone to be absorbed through the skin. Patches are applied daily.

Injections Injections are administered periodically depending upon the doctor's recommendations.

Buccal tablets The tablets are applied to the gum in the mouth. They are applied twice daily.

Pellets Pellets are implanted under the skin near the hip and release testosterone over time.

Today, testosterone can be administered in different forms. The FDA has approved these forms for the treatment of hypogonadism. And they are available only with a prescription. As with any medical treatment, TRT carries benefits and risks.

TRT isn’t appropriate for every man

Before starting treatment, tell your doctor if you:
  • Have breast cancer
  • Have or might have prostate cancer
  • Have urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate
  • Have heart problems
  • Have kidney or liver problems
  • Have problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea)
  • Have any other medical conditions
  • Are taking any medicines, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements

So, if you’ve been diagnosed with hypogonadism, talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of each treatment option. Together, you can determine if treatment is right for you.

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Hormone: A chemical substance made in one part of the body that travels through the bloodstream and affects cells and tissues in another part of the body by increasing or decreasing its functional activity.

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Hypogonadism: The medical condition, sometimes known as Low Testosterone, can be caused by certain medical conditions. It can occur when the body doesn't make enough testosterone because of a problem with the testes and/or parts of the brain that regulate the testes.

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Hypothalamus: The area of the brain that controls a large number of normal functions throughout the body. The hypothalamus also regulates the functions of the pituitary gland by directing the pituitary to stop or start production of its hormones.

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Pituitary gland: An endocrine gland suspended beneath the brain that produces hormones that control other glands and many body functions, including growth, reproduction, and other metabolic activities.

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Prostate-specific antigen (PSA): A protein that is produced by the prostate. High PSA levels may be a sign of certain prostate conditions, such as an enlarged prostate, prostate infection, or prostate cancer.

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Testes: The male reproductive organs located in the scrotum. They produce sperm and the male hormone testosterone.

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Testosterone: A hormone involved in the development of male sex organs. It's one of the most important male sex hormones. Testosterone increases body and facial hair, deepens the voice, is involved in sperm cell production, and influences sexual desire and function.