- Reviewed by Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
When it comes to direct-to-consumer (DTC) men's health clinics, it's "buyer beware," as many offer costly treatments not supported by evidence and lack proper medical oversight, according to an investigative study published online Feb. 1, 2023, by Urology.
Researchers identified 233 DTC men's health clinics. These clinics offered treatments such as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and penile shock wave therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat erectile dysfunction. However, the researchers noted that the criteria for using TRT are still under debate and that most of the clinics did not follow standard protocols for testing and diagnosis of low testosterone levels. The effectiveness of penile shock wave therapy and PRP are still being studied and should only be offered in clinical trial settings, they added.
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Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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