What are the indications for testosterone supplementation in men?

Several. There are three primary indicators for testosterone supplementation: low testosterone level on a blood test, a low free testosterone, and erectile dysfunction. Free testosterone is the testosterone not bound to protein that is available for use (as bound testosterone can not be used in the body). See your doctor for a morning testosterone blood test.
Symptoms + Labs. 1) a positive adam questionnaire: http://www.Prostatehealthnaturally.Com/downloads/adam_questionnaire.Pdf 2) total morning testosterone less than 300ng/dl (assuming you have no other metabolic disorders) symptoms bring the majority of men to the clinic.

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What are side effects of testosterone supplementation in men?

Few if needed. The key is to only use if needed and get the right amount to replace a deficit. Too much can cause problems with the prostate, atrophy of the testicles, fluctuations in libido and mood, elevated lipids, and acne. Blood levels of free testosterone can guide the amount of replacement. Read more...
Quite a few in fact. There are many...More than 400 characters worth. See this article link: http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/testosterone-side-effects.Html. Read more...

Why do docs recommend testosterone supplementation for men?

Helps balance estrog. Testosterone supplements helps balance estrogen excess if there is body weight issue. Testosterone levels usually decline in male after 40 yrs of age. Read more...
3 Good Reasons. 1) low testosterone increases mortality: http://archinte.Jamanetwork.Com/article.Aspx?Articleid=410768 2) endogenous testosterone concentrations at baseline were inversely related to mortality due to all causes: http://circ.Ahajournals.Org/content/116/23/2694.Short 3) increased risk of all-cause mortality: http://eurheartj.Oxfordjournals.Org/content/31/12/1494.Short. Read more...

What are the benefits and drawbacks of testosterone supplementation?

Long list. Good: libido, erections, muscle mass, better fat and Insulin metabolism, mood, energy. Bad: can elevate red cells too high, can cause increased prostate size, won't get great results w/o diet and exercise improvement. Read more...
T supplementation. Benefits: feel better, better strength, better bone mass (with actual improvement in bone mass), decreased risk of alzheimer's disease, decreased risk of depression and cognitive decline in elderly, better sex drive, more energy. Downsides: - testicles can/will shrink - your body will become dependent on it - probably will make male infertile there are strategies to mitigate these effects. Read more...

Will testosterone supplementation help improve female sex drive?

Maybe but it depends. Female sex drive (libido) is even more complicated than in men. Stress, in various forms, can decrease libido. Worry about money, job, family, etc, can cause stress & distraction. Must be in good relationship w/partner. Bad lifestyle choices, poor health, medications, menopause, etc can decrease sex drive. If testosterone is very low, then replacement might help (after first addressing above). Read more...

Male breast cancer and testosterone supplementation?

Risky. Most experts are concerned about testosterone replacement in male breast cancer. For most men it is a hormone driven cancer. There is some conversion of testosterone to estrogen that may stimulate growth of breast cancer cells. Read more...
What is the question. Asking if testosterone causes male breast cancer or increases its risk? Asking if testosterone should be taken by a man with breast cancer? Should not take hormone supplements if one has male breast cancer without conferring with your oncologist first. Read more...