Treating Erectile Dysfunction (ED)-Viagra And\Or Testosterone?

Some men use Viagra and have a weak response to this oral medication. If they have a testosterone test and it is found to be decreased, adding testosterone may not improve the erections.

A study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that there is no benefit to adding testosterone to Viagra.
The study consisted of 140 men with low testosterone. All of the men took Viagra. Some also received testosterone while others got a placebo.
During the study, the men reported how often they had sex and rated their sexual satisfaction, sexual desire and orgasms, and their ability to achieve and maintain an erection. On average, the men’s erectile function improved, with or without testosterone.
While low testosterone and [erectile dysfunction] ED can be related, they are separate issues, and need to be treated differently. Treating low testosterone will improve ED, but it will likely improve libido and interest in sex.
Bottom Line: erectile dysfunction and decreased libido or sex drive are two different aspects of man’s sexuality. Treating ED with oral medication may improve his erections but adding testosterone may not make his erections any better. For best results check with your doctor.

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