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J Urol. 1997 Mar;157(3):849-54.

Testosterone supplementation for hypogonadal impotence: assessment of biochemical measures and therapeutic outcomes.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.



Although hypogonadism is a rare cause of erectile failure, impotent men are frequently treated with supplemental androgens. The results of such treatment and the individual merits of available formulations remain controversial. A series of hypogonadal men participated in a trial of oral testosterone undecanoate to assess the effectiveness of the medication, and use of biochemical and clinical outcome measures.


A consecutive sample of 23 hypogonadal impotent men received testosterone undecanoate orally for no less than 60 days. Serum levels of gonadotropins, testosterone, estrogens and sex hormone-binding globulin were measured before, during and after the trial. Sexual response and feeling of well-being were measured by daily diaries and visual analogue scales.


Testosterone undecanoate produced restoration of plasma testosterone levels in all patients but a measurable improvement in sexual attitudes and performance in only 61%. Visual analogue scores were effective discriminants of the therapeutic response but none of the conventional biochemical measures predicted or correlated with clinical outcome.


Testosterone undecanoate is an effective agent for treating hypogonadism. In hypogonadal impotent patients the most appropriate outcome measure for androgen supplementation is individual response to therapy, while conventional biochemical hormone determinations lack predictive value and fail to correlate with response.

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