Nine gonadotropin-deficient hypopituitary men were cycled through periods of treatment with testosterone (T), gonadotropin (Gn), and placebo (Pl) using a blind cross-over design. Self-reports of sexual behavior, recordings of nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT), and sex steroid levels were obtained during each treatment period. Subjects had significantly higher plasma T during the T and Gn treatments than during the control periods. Similarly, self-reported frequency of ejaculation and ratings of libido as well as duration measures of NPT were significantly higher on T and Gn. Two thirds of the sample had no sociosexual experience. Behavioral differences between the T and Gn periods were minimal. These data support the hypothesis that Gn and T are equally effective in stimulating specific aspects of male psychosexual behavior.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Biological Psychiatry