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If you are a man with a low sex drive or problems with erectile function, you may have low testosterone levels. Your healthcare provider may recommend increasing your testosterone levels by using Delatestryl, an injectable hormone replacement product. This medication is also approved to treat delayed puberty in boys and advanced breast cancer in women.
Delatestryl® (testosterone enanthate) is a prescription testosterone replacement product. It is approved for treating certain causes of low testosterone in men. It is also approved to help treat breast cancer in women in certain cases.
Low testosterone can cause a number of symptoms. Common ones include:
- Low sex drive (libido)
- Fatigue and low energy
- Decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass
- Problems with erectile function
- Decreased bone strength
- Delayed or absent puberty.
Of course, a man could have all these symptoms and still have normal testosterone levels, since most of these symptoms are relatively common. The only real way to diagnose low testosterone is by actually measuring testosterone levels in the blood. Treating apparently low testosterone levels with Delatestryl (or any other testosterone replacement therapy) based on symptoms alone, without testing blood levels, is highly inappropriate and potentially dangerous.
There are several different causes of low testosterone in men. Normally, testosterone is produced when the testes are stimulated by certain hormone signals from glands in the brain. Low testosterone can occur due to problems in the brain or the testes.
Delatestryl can treat low testosterone, whether the problem lies in the testes or the brain, because it does not rely on either the testes or the brain to increase testosterone levels.