What Is Testosterone Cypionate Used For?

Testosterone cypionate is prescribed for treating low testosterone levels in men. It can also be used in adolescent boys age 12 and older to help start puberty. On occasion, a healthcare provider may prescribe this medicine for "off-label," or unapproved, uses. For example, testosterone cypionate may be used off-label to treat certain types of cancer and low testosterone in women.

An Overview of Uses for Testosterone Cypionate

Testosterone cypionate (Depo®-Testosterone) is a prescription testosterone replacement medication. It is approved for treating certain causes of low testosterone in men.
  • Low sex drive (libido)
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass
  • Problems with erectile function
  • Decreased bone strength
  • Depression.
Of course, a man could have all of these symptoms and still have normal testosterone levels, as most of these symptoms are relatively common. The only real way to diagnose low testosterone is by actually measuring testosterone levels in the blood. Treating low testosterone levels with testosterone cypionate (or any other testosterone replacement therapy) based on symptoms alone (without testing testosterone levels) is highly inappropriate and potentially dangerous.
There are several different causes of low testosterone in men. Normally, testosterone is produced when the testes are stimulated by certain hormone signals from glands in the brain. Low testosterone can occur due to problems in the brain or the testes.
Regardless of whether the problem lies in the testes or the brain, testosterone cypionate can increase testosterone levels because it does not rely on either the testes or the brain to work.
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