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I'm 62, what is the best product for ed, herbal, testosterone or male enhancement products?

I'm 62, what is the best product for ed, herbal, testosterone or male enhancement products?

Cause: The many different causes of ed prompt a medical evaluation to sort out potential problems which would be missed by treating empirically.

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How safe is herbal "Saw palmetto" it decreases the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Is this process safe? What is DHT for? Is blocking DHT safe?

How safe is herbal "Saw palmetto" it decreases the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Is this process safe? What is DHT for? Is blocking DHT safe?

DHT etc.: "Saw palmetto is not a good idea. Look it up on the web if you can and I think you won't want to take too much or any of it. DHT is dihydrotestosterone. You can find that on the web as well.

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Will taking an estrogen blocker raise my testosterone?

Possibly: Selective estrogenic receptor modulators (serms) such as Clomiphene citrate or tamoxifen should increase lh (luteinizing hormone) and testosterone in men. Aromatase inhibitors (anastrazole) will also increase testosterone. The goal is to have testosterone to Estradiol ratio greater than 10. Certain clinical issues such as narcotic or obesity related low t are helped with these medications.

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On new testosterone med. This one is compounded with a built in estrogen blocker. Is this a safe and effective strategy for upping levels?

Not FDA Approved: What you describe is not fda approved. Although estrogen blockers have been looked at to decrease risk of increased estrogen in men on higher dose testosterone they are not without risk. They can increase risk of blood clot and other symptoms.

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Top testosterone booster and estrogen blocker?

Top testosterone booster and estrogen blocker?

None: There are no testosterone "boosters", no matter what the internet and tv and your friends may tell you. The only way to "boost" your testosterone is through a healthy life style, proper nutrition, exercise, and avoidance of toxins like alcohol and tobacco. Save your money, and your health. Stay away from anabolics as well.

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Since spironolactone is a testosterone blocker, would that be bad for the body or decreases testosterone level.

Since spironolactone is a testosterone blocker, would that be bad for the body or decreases testosterone level.

Does not lower level: Spironolactone is not a "testosterone" blocker per say. It designed to block aldosterone receptors from being activated. It is not perfect and does have some anti-masculine side effects (gynecomastia). If a doctor prescribed your medication for blood pressure control, prior heart attack, heart failure, or liver disease it is more likely to make you live longer and better than not.

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Can a man take an estrogen blocker to increase slightly low t levels, or is testosterone the only true way to raise levels? Do some men take only that?

Can a man take an estrogen blocker to increase slightly low t levels, or is testosterone the only true way to raise levels? Do some men take only that?

Yes, no, yes: There are many ways to increase testosterone if it's proven necessary. It's our job to understand your specific needs and thus develop a regimen that works for you. Testosterone supplementation can render you infertile so if you want more kids, I wouldn't recommend it. In someone w/higher estrogens, an aromatase inhibitor is a consideration but only after you review risk vs benefit w/your provider.

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When a male uses a DHT blocker does that mean that instead of excess testosterone converting to DHT it will convert to estrogen? Is blocking DHT safe?

When a male uses a DHT blocker does that mean that instead of excess testosterone converting to DHT it will convert to estrogen? Is blocking DHT safe?

Yes (maybe): As you noted, 5ARIs (alpha reductase inhibitors) block conversion of Testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone. However, as a consequence, you might convert T into Estradiol (estrogen). This is real concern w/potential side effects such as gynecomastia, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction listed in small print for drug. There have also been reports of infertility. Only u can decide if benefit > risk

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If I am concerned with estrogen levels after starting testosterone therapy, are doctors willing to prescribe an estrogen blocker?

If I am concerned with estrogen levels after starting testosterone therapy, are doctors willing to prescribe an estrogen blocker?

Why the concern?: Testosterone replacement is supposed to restore normal levels, not higher than normal. As such, with normal levels, estrogen production should not be excessive. If you have cirrhosis of the liver, you may have elevated estrogen. If you notice breast enlargement on therapy, have your physician check an Estradiol level, and if elevated, consider Letrozole or arimidex (anastrozole).

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How can I lower my testosterone?

Go see ur family doc: Are you a male or female? For what purpose do you want to lower your testosterone? For men w/prostate cancer, chemotherapy is an option to lower T but not w/o increasing heart disease risk. For women w/polycystic ovarian syndrome or hirsutism, we often prescribe off-label spironolactone for its anti-androgen effect. Regardless, you need to chat w/your family doc to determine what's best for you.

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What does testosterone do exactly?

What does testosterone do exactly?

Depends upon age...: During fetal development, testosterone is useful to make genetic male look like a boy when born. In adolescence, T is useful during puberty in developing secondary sexual characteristics eg hair etc. While low T can account for many conditions such as fatigue, depression, loss of sex drive, etc, there are many more common reasons for this than low T. Excess T is bad, too, so not DIY project.

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What are ways to get testosterone tested?

What are ways to get testosterone tested?

Multiple Choices: I assume that you are a male. He gold standard is the morning blood test of total testosterone. If you have no other metabolic abnormalities, then a level below 300ng/dl is diagnostic for low-t. Saliva & urine tests are available, but they are not diagnostic nor accepted by current guidelines.

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Would an injection of testosterone help me?

Would an injection of testosterone help me?

Depends: Testosterone replacement for men can help with fatigue, energy, muscle mass, memory and focus as well as depression. It can come as gels, creams, injections and compounded pills/creams. The level of testosterone, your response to meds and your compliance will affect what is the right medication for you. Speak with your physician.

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What are some way to suppress testosterone?

In men or women?: Depending on your sex and the reason the lab was done you should see an endocrinologist.

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Why is it that men seek higher testosterone?

Why is it that men seek higher testosterone?

TV ads vs real need: You've asked a very difficult question to answer that is still being pondered around country. Clearly, there are those whose testosterone is truly low and benefit from replacement. But there is also great concern that big pharm is medicalizing a normal part of aging and w/o fully understanding all risks ; side effects. Does add'l testosterone make a difference? In some men, yes, but at what risk?

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What causes testosterone imbalance in males?

Many causes: Stress leading to high cortisol lowers testosterone. High Insulin (metabolic syndrome) causes conversion of testosterone to estrogen, low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet lowers testosterone. High soy diet....

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Is it okay to take androderm and testosterone?

Is it okay to take androderm and testosterone?

Not really: Androderm is just a brand of testosterone so if you take/apply enough androderm, you shouldn't need add'l t. However, if you don't like clinical effect/benefit (or aren't receiving any), check your t level. You might need an add'l patch! If you have to apply too many patches, you might want to consider another form of t replacement. Good luck!

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