An article recently published on "The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism", a very prestigious International Journal, confirms that testosterone supplementation improves sexual life and sex drive in the aging male. Testosterone, which is mainly produced in the testicles, represents the main male sexual hormone.
This article, written by eminent Authors, is based on a placebo-controlled study, which has analysed a sample of 470 men. All patients were more than 65 years old and had low levels of serum testosterone (less than 275 ng/dL). All patients complained of sexual dysfunction and of low sex drive.
All patients were randomized to take either testosterone gel or placebo on a daily basis for one year and have been assessed on three monthly intervals with the administration of validated questionnaires in order to assess erectile function and sex drive.
The results of this study have shown that patients who have been administered testosterone gel have shown a significant improvement in the quality of erections and in sex drive.
The results of this study therefore confirm the importance of testosterone in maintaining an adequate sexual life in the aging male.
It remains paramount that the choice of administering testosterone in patients with low levels of this hormone should be always based on a thorough clinical assessment of the patient and on an evaluation of risks and benefits.