Method Used To Treat Low Testosterone in Men Could Soon Change
Low testosterone in men has been making headline news when it comes to men’s health. Statistics indicate that the number of men who are affected by low testosterone is rising quite fast and is worrying many people. Low testosterone level affects sex drive or libido, natural energy level, mood, sexual performance, muscle building, sperm count and much more. Reasons that can lead to this include biological factors, poor nutrition, and unhealthy lifestyle such as excessive intake of alcoholic beverages or smoking among other reasons.
The traditional approach to dealing with the problem involved replacing testosterone where the patient went through hormone replacement therapy. This entailed reintroducing new testosterone into the body, which increased the available supplies. The results from this technique showed an increase in sexual desire, energy level, stamina, and also put the man in a better mood. Low sperm count, which was one of the key reasons people went for testosterone replacement therapy, was however not affected. In fact, the count declined in some instances especially when using testosterone gel.
The reason why the sperm count remained low was because the body was fooled to believe that the testosterone levels had increased which wasn’t the case. This could cause further decline leading to total infertility despite continuously going for therapy. This method started losing credibility, especially among people who wanted to have children.
Nevertheless, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, as a team from University of Tennessee has discovered a different method. Led by Edward Kim, MD, Professor at the University Of Tennessee Graduate School Of Medicine, Knoxville, and urologist at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the team of scientists has been able to naturally restore testosterone levels in the body. The clinical trials, which were carried out in two phases, follow an approach similar to that used in women ovulation.
Enclomiphene citrate was administered to a number of men in different scenarios. 44 were given 12.5milligrams of enclomiphene citrate, 25 men got 25 mg, 41men were given placebo, while 42 men were given 1.62% AndroGel (testosterone gel). This dosage was administered daily for five months. Findings indicated that men who used Enclomiphene citrate had their blood testosterone restored to normal level after 16 weeks and their sperm count improved. Although their testosterone increased, men who used AndroGel had the same or lower sperm count, while there was no effect on men on placebo.
Though the research is ongoing, the results from the above study are encouraging and testosterone restoration may soon replace testosterone replacement.