"You start to doubt yourself a lot. It can be very discouraging to be told time and time again that you're simply depressed and that they aren't willing to take a second look." —Ken
While it's impossible to narrow down exactly how many men are suffering from hypogonadism in Canada due to lack of hard statistics, IMS Health's 2013 report on the drug showed 550,000 retail prescriptions were filed for medicines containing testosterone in Canada. That compares to a US study of the same year that examined prescriptions filed under a large health insurer and found that 11 million men received treatment for testosterone-related issues. Canada, at least based on those two studies, has a significantly lower prescription rate per capita.Debate around the safety of testosterone as a medical treatment has been ongoing for a long time. There is hard evidence that shows synthetic testosterone use causes infertility in men, as well as side effects like hair loss and increased blood pressure.
"I would not be stupid enough to keep prescribing this drug if I didn't know it worked." —Dr. Larry Komer