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What is hypogonadism?

Testosterone is the male hormone which is mainly produced by the testis. Small quantities are made in other organs (eg adrenal gland), but in a man this contributes only a small amount of the total. Testosterone is a hormone which is released into the blood which will have effects on other parts of the body. When men have a lack of testosterone the condition is termed hypogonadism.

What are the symptoms of hypogonadism?

The symptoms of hypogonadism include loss of libido or reduced interest in sexual activity, erectile dysfunction or ED, reduced facial hair, loss of energy, falling asleep after meals, reduced muscle power and stamina, loss of height, and osteoporosis or brittle bones which may result in fractures of the spine or hips.

How is hypogonadism diagnosed?

The diagnosis is made on the basis of the clinical symptoms described above and confirmed with a blood test measuring the testosterone level.

What is the relationship between prostate cancer and testosterone?

It has been known since the 1940's that severe reductions of testosterone can cause shrinkage of prostate cancer that has spread to the bones, and therefore there has been a concern that raising testosterone levels might cause growth of any hidden prostate cancers. However, a recent study from Harvard has found no connection between higher testosterone levels and prostate cancer, nor did the study find evidence that testosterone treatment causes prostate cancer.

In fact, studies have demonstrated no difference in prostate cancer incidence among hypogonadal men using testosterone therapy compared to men in the general population.

Can I take testosterone if I have prostate cancer?

Historically, men have been told to avoid testosterone if they have prostate cancer just as women with breast cancer have been told to avoid using estrogens or the female hormone produced by the ovaries. However, if a man who has had a radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy and the PSA remains at the undetectable level after surgery or stable for 24-36 months after radiation, then he might be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy if he is symptomatic for hypogonadism and he has a decreased testosterone level.

What precautions must I take if I use testosterone and I have a diagnosis of prostate cancer?

  • It is necessary for regular intervals for monitoring of PSA and exams.
  • If the PSA rises, then the testosterone must be discontinued.