Low Testosterone and Erectile Dysfunction

While many underlying health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are known to play a leading role in the onset of ED, low testosterone may also have an effect on a man's erectile function.

Testosterone is the hormone responsible for a man's sex drive. When a testosterone deficiency is present, a man may experience low libido, lack of energy and other symptoms, among them, erectile dysfunction.  Low testosterone is not usually the sole cause of ED, however.  Some younger men treated for low testosterone may recover erectile function faster and better than older men with other health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. There is also a strong association between diabetes and obesity and low testosterone.  Many men who are diabetic and/or obese experience hypogonadism, or low testosterone, which, combined with these health conditions, plays a part in the development of ED.

Simply treating low testosterone alone is not a cure for ED. However, treatment for this hormone deficiency in combination with other treatments for underlying health conditions, may help you get stronger erections and has been demonstrated to improve patient's responses to oral medications for erectile dysfunction.

If you are experiencing chronic fatigue, loss of energy, changes in mood or concentration, low libido and ED, talk to your Chesapeake Urology physician today.

Treatment Options for Low Testosterone

Testosterone replacement therapy is an FDA-approved treatment available through several different options, including:

  • Testosterone injections given every two to three weeks
  • A testosterone patch worn on the body or the scrotum
  • Testosterone gels
  • Testosterone (Testopel)pellets inserted subcutaneously
  • Testosterone gum and cheek putty which is applied above the teeth twice a day


While each treatment option offers sufficient levels of hormone replacement, they also have different advantages and disadvantages, as well as side effects. Discuss these options with your doctor to see which therapy is right for you.