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    Is testosterone available with a prescription?

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    I am male, approaching 50 and suspect that my testosterone levels are low. Is there a test I can take and if I'm correct is testosterone available through the PBS with a prescription?
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    Dr Tom Jarvis is a specialist urologist. He has international fellowship training in voiding dysfunction, pelvic floor reconstruction and female urology. He has special interests … View Profile

    If you think you have symptoms of low testosterone, you should see your local doctor for assessment. Many symptoms of low testosterone are non-specific (such as low energy, depressed mood, low sex drive, and erectile dysfunction) and could actually be due to other medical conditions.

    If your doctor suspects you might have a low testosterone level because of your symptoms or examination findings, they may arrange for some blood tests. 

    Since April 2015, testosterone via the PBS is only available for men who have symptoms of low testosterone (due to pituitary or tesicular problems) and blood tests confirming this. The script needs to be written by a specialist urologist, specialist endocrinologist, a registered member of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, or your local doctor having spoken with one of these specialists.

    And remember: just because you have a low testosterone level, it doesn't mean you need testosterone replacement. Treatment is usually reserved for people with signficant symptoms.

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