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How does testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) help my erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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If your testosterone level measures in the normal range, raising it through testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) probably won't help your ED. Instead, you'll have to look for and address other causes.

For men who do have low testosterone levels, TRT has a better track record of restoring a man's sex drive than overcoming ED.

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Testosterone Added to Standard Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction," "Testosterone and Erection Physiology."

Urology Care Foundation: "Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)."

Rajfer, J. Reviews in Urology, Spring 2000.

ChoosingWisely.org: "Treatment for Erection Problems."

University of California, San Francisco: "Erectile Dysfunction (ED)."

Liao, M. PLoS One, June 21, 2012.

Isidori, A. Clinical Endocrinology (Oxford), October 2005.

University of California, Los Angeles: "Erectile Dysfunction",

Rhoden, E. New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 29, 2004.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Testosterone Added to Standard Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction," "Testosterone and Erection Physiology."

Urology Care Foundation: "Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)."

Rajfer, J. Reviews in Urology, Spring 2000.

ChoosingWisely.org: "Treatment for Erection Problems."

University of California, San Francisco: "Erectile Dysfunction (ED)."

Liao, M. PLoS One, June 21, 2012.

Isidori, A. Clinical Endocrinology (Oxford), October 2005.

University of California, Los Angeles: "Erectile Dysfunction",

Rhoden, E. New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 29, 2004.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 07, 2019

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