A new study has found that testosterone boosters used to treat low testosterone in male patients don’t help cure sexual dysfunctions, including problems with ejaculation. Sexual dysfunction is one of the primary reasons men seek testosterone replacement therapy for clinically low testosterone.
The study included 76 men who had clinically low testosterone and received testosterone cream for 4 months. Although the level of the hormone increased to desired levels in their body, the sexual dysfunction did not improve.
Testosterone boosters have skyrocketed in sales thanks in large part to companies that heavily advertise the symptoms of low testosterone to middle aged men. In many cases, symptoms of legitimate low testosterone mirror regular signs of aging, such as low libido, decreased energy and fatigue.
Many men who received testosterone boosters reportedly do not undergo blood tests to determine if they have clinically low testosterone, but instead receive the products from “Low T centers” designed to sell more boosters. The trend has caused doctors to speak out in concern of potential testosterone booster side effects in men who may not really need the products.
Testosterone booster side effects could include and increased risk of heart attacks and stroke. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would launch an independent investigation into the risks of testosterone boosters.