Goals of Hormone Therapy for Men

Goals of Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Adult Hypogonadal Men (age 50 or older)

  • Improvement in psychological well-being and mood 
  • Improvement in erectile dysfunction  
  • Improvement in libido  
  • Increased muscle mass 
  • Increased strength and stature
  • Preservation of bone mass 
  • Possible decrease in cardiovascular risk

A man may be considered hypogonadal at any age if total testosterone is less than 200 ng/dl, or bioavailable testosterone is less than 60 ng/dl. Basaria and Dobs of Johns Hopkins University recommend that elderly men with symptoms of hypogonadism and a total testosterone level < 300 ng/dl should be started on hormone replacement.