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I was on androgel for several years with good libido results before discontinuing due to prostate cancer. After brachytherapy for my cancer, I am in remission, and after 2+ years resumed taking androgel. I am on androgel again, and have high Testosterone levels (about 1000), but my libido has never recovered. I also have had hypothyroidism, but have been taking synthroid for it for many years with no adverse impact on my libido.
Does anyone have a suggestion for what to do? My endocrinologist and urologist have run out of ideas beyond seeing a psychiatrist, which I am dubious about, since I am certain that my problem is physiological.
Both high and low testosterone levels can be associated with a low libido. The gel is no typically recommended after a history of androgen dependent cancer. Aside hormonal issues, other factors that could affect libido include psychological factors, micronutrient deficiency, systemic causes etc. I would suggest an evaluation by an internist and a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation and suggestion of an appropriate management plan.
Hope this is helpful.
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