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What Is Testosterone Gel Used For?

Low testosterone levels in men caused by various conditions are often treated with testosterone gel. This prescription medication is a type of hormone replacement therapy and works by increasing testosterone in the body to a normal level. Occasionally, healthcare providers may recommend off-label testosterone gel uses, such as treating low levels in women and slightly low testosterone levels in men.

An Overview of Testosterone Gel Uses

Testosterone gel (AndroGel®, Fortesta™, Testim®) is a prescription hormone replacement medication for men. It is approved for treating certain causes of low testosterone levels.
  • Low sex drive (libido)
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass
  • Problems with erectile function
  • Decreased bone strength
  • Depression.
There are many different causes of low testosterone levels in men. Normally, this hormone is produced when the testes are stimulated by certain signals from glands in the brain. Low testosterone levels can occur due to problems in the brain or the testes.
Testosterone gel can treat either type of low testosterone levels (whether the problem lies in the testes or the brain), because it does not rely on either the testes or the brain to increase hormone levels.
Of course, a man could have all these symptoms and still have normal testosterone levels, as most of these symptoms are relatively common. The only real way to diagnose low testosterone levels is by actually measuring levels in the blood.
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