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What causes low Testosdrone, I have been on androgel for

Customer Question

what causes low Testosdrone, I have been on androgel for several years but I have had to double the dose lately to raise my level to where it should be
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: yes under doctors care, just allopurinal for uric acid control, rosuvastatin for chlorestoral
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

Hello I'm Dr Chip

Did you have any studies to evaluate the low testosterone when you first started the androgel?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No, i have been on androgel for several years, maybe 8 years
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

There are two types of low testosterone conditions--

1) Primary--where the testicles don't make enough testosterone

2) Secondary--a problem with the functioning of the pituitary gland

I would assume yours is primary since it sounds like your testicles are continuing to weaken and that's why you're needing more of the androgel

Please let me know if you need any more information