Posts Tagged ‘testosterone’

PBS changes to testosterone treatment

By Stuckey • October 28th, 2015

In April this year, the PBS made changes to who can receive PBS for testosterone treatment. These changes are due to uncertainty about the significance of low testosterone in older men and concerns about over-prescription in this setting. Prior to these changes, testosterone could be prescribed by GPs however now prescriptions for testosterone therapy require validation by an endocrinologist, urologist or member of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine. This means that a patient will need to see one of these specialists and the specialist needs to agree that this treatment is necessary and meets one of the indications, […]


By Stuckey • April 10th, 2015

  Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone and plays a large role in the maintenance of general good health. It helps in the growth of bones and muscles and as well as affecting mood, sex drive and certain aspects of mental ability including care-giving and empathy. Due to its large range of actions, low testosterone can have a large range of effects. Many of these effects are related to mood and sex drive however low testosterone also increases the risk of chronic conditions including stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis.   Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone […]

The Truth About Testosterone

By Stuckey • June 3rd, 2014

Any discussion about sex or sexual function, in conversation or in the media, will inevitably mention the role of testosterone.  But is testosterone at the centre of sexual function?  Surprisingly, it seems to be over-rated. When it comes to erectile dysfunction (impotence) a study from the Keogh Institute showed that; out of 1455 men with erection problems, low testosterone was contributory in only 3%.  Treatment with testosterone for erectile difficulties is not helpful in the vast majority of men. It may increase the desire but not necessarily the performance. Much more important than testosterone is high cholesterol or a high […]