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Study questions commercial men's health clinics services

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By , Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

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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

Matthew Solan is the executive editor of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. He previously served as executive editor for UCLA Health’s Healthy Years and as a contributor to Duke Medicine’s Health News and Weill Cornell Medical College’s … See Full Bio
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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Howard LeWine is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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