Current Sexual Health Reports

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 177–185 | Cite as

Testosterone Therapy: a Panacea for Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

  • Sevann Helo
  • Peyton Thomas
  • Nicholas N. TadrosEmail author
Male Sexual Dysfunction and Disorders (AW Pastuszak and NK Gupta, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Male Sexual Dysfunction and Disorders


Purpose of Review

In this article, we review the most recent articles examining the use of testosterone for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, reduced sexual desire, and ejaculatory dysfunction.

Recent Findings

The treatment of erectile dysfunction with testosterone therapy has long been investigated as a cure for sexual dysfunction. Men who are testosterone deficient can expect to benefit from testosterone therapy to address erectile dysfunction and libido, while ejaculatory function is unlikely to improve.


The literature supports the use of testosterone therapy in testosterone-deficient men with sexual dysfunction. We recommend advising patients about the benefits of testosterone therapy while ensuring that it will address their individual concerns, without delaying adjunct treatments for sexual dysfunction.


Testosterone Erectile dysfunction Hypogonadism Libido Sexual dysfunction 



Aging male symptom


Brief Male Sexual Function Index


Erectile dysfunction


International Index of Erectile Function


Men’s Sexual Health Questionnaire Ejaculatory Dysfunction


Nitric oxide


Phosphodiesterase type 5


Testosterone deficiency


Testosterone therapy


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sevann Helo
    • 1
  • Peyton Thomas
    • 2
  • Nicholas N. Tadros
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of UrologySouthern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA
  2. 2.Southern Illinois University School of MedicineCarbondaleUSA

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