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Curr Urol Rep. 2011 Dec;12(6):453-60. doi: 10.1007/s11934-011-0202-4.

Androgens are fundamental in the maintenance of male sexual health.

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Centre for Applied Urological Research, Queen's University, 62 Barrie Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3J7, Canada. moralesa@queensu.ca

Abstract

The presence of a sufficient amount of androgens is essential for adequate sexual function in men. Gonadal hormones profoundly affect cognitive functions and, therefore, are fundamental in maintaining sexual desire. The earliest manifestation of hypogonadism is diminished libido. Furthermore, androgens also act peripherally, maintaining the integrity of penile structures and facilitating the erectile mechanisms. Severe androgen deficiency results in anatomical and hemodynamic changes leading to erectile dysfunction that can be corrected with testosterone supplementation.

PMID:
21647620
DOI:
10.1007/s11934-011-0202-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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