By Eleanor Hayward Health Reporter For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:09 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 01:09 GMT, 7 January 2020
Testosterone (pictured, in gel form) should only be used to treat erectile dysfunction, GPs argue
Middle-aged men who lose their sex drive should not be given testosterone, doctors say.
They should be prescribed the hormone only to treat sexual dysfunction because research shows there is little evidence it helps to combat the male menopause – low libido and symptoms of getting old.
As men age, their testosterone levels gradually fall, leading to symptoms of the ‘manopause’ which can include fatigue and depression. Although these hormonal changes are far less sudden than in menopausal women and affect only around a fifth of men, some ask GPs for testosterone jabs – the equivalent for males of HRT.
While testosterone can boost a man’s sex drive, it also raises the risk of prostate cancer and strokes.
Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found little evidence to support the use of testosterone and the American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued