Adequate testosterone in males is of paramount importance; we not only need it for aesthetic and sexual purposes but it further aids in disease prevention when it is kept at an optimal range. Nevertheless, many men continually live in ignorant bliss and never give their testosterone levels a second thought and their own doctors are as much to blame. Most men understand a regular physical is an important aspect of maintaining proper health; however, most general physicians forgo any type of testosterone check. The next time you go to the doctor for a visit you are strongly encouraged to have your levels checked. If youre good to go then no harm no foul but if your levels are indeed low and you are made aware, you can take the necessary steps to increase them and in the long run enjoy a happier and more productive life.
Meta-analyses of placebo-controlled trials suggest that testosterone therapy in physiological doses is significantly associated with increased haematocrit, reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and prostatic symptoms. 29 , 30 If prostate cancer has been excluded, there appears to be no increased risk of induction by testosterone therapy. There is inconsistent evidence regarding the risk of cardiovascular events. 29-31 A recent meta-analysis suggested increased cardiovascular risk and reported publication biases. 32 Long-term safety data are lacking, but recent reports more strongly suggest an increased risk of cardiovascular events in older men. 3 , 4 This has prompted the Endocrine Society to issue a warning statement. 5 The results and safety of long-term prospective controlled trials of testosterone therapy are awaited.
A 31-year-old man presenting with an 18-month history of sexual dysfunction resulting from severe adult-onset IHH (LH U/L, FSH U/L, T nmol/L). Initial therapy with 50 mg of clomiphene citrate (CC) three times a day for 7 days, with overnight LH pulse profiling and 9 am T levels evaluated at baseline and on completion. A 2-month washout period, followed by low-dose maintenance therapy (25-50 mg/d) for 4 months.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):Baseline and stimulated T levels and LH pulsatility; effect on sexual function.
RESULT(S):Clomiphene therapy resulted in complete normalization of pulsatile gonadotropin secretion, serum T level, and sexual function. CONCLUSION(S):Isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism may result from an acquired defect of enhanced hypothalamic sensitivity to E-mediated negative feedback. Whereas direct T replacement therapy can further suppress endogenous gonadotropin secretion, treating IHH men with gonadotropins can stimulate endogenous T secretion and enhance fertility potential. On theoretical grounds, reversal of gonadotropin deficiency with CC might be expected to have a similar biological effect.