Androgen Replacement Therapy, Risks and Benefits

  • C. Wang
  • R. S. Swerdloff
Part of the Mineralogical Society Series book series (ENDO, volume 5)


The primary goal of androgen replacement therapy is to develop and maintain male sexual characteristics and sexual function, as well as to preserve anabolic effects on nonreproductive organs such as maintenance of muscle and bone mass (Bhasin et al, 1995; Wang and Swerdloff, 1997; Nieschlag and Behre, 1990,1998). Testosterone (T) formulations are predominantly used for androgen replacement therapy for hypogonadal men. Occasionally, supraphysiological (pharmacological) doses of androgen are administered for their anabolic effects. The use of androgens in the absence of medical indications (androgen abuse) for sports and body building purposes are discussed in Chapter 11.


Androgen Receptor Testosterone Replacement Testosterone Replacement Therapy Androgen Deficiency Testosterone Enanthate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Wang
    • 1
  • R. S. Swerdloff
    • 1
  1. 1.Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterTorrance

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