Why would you ever want to deprive a man of testosterone? If a full ration of testosterone were so vital to normal male sexual health, muscle mass, and the integrity of a man's skeleton, why would anyone want to deprive an otherwise healthy man of this vital hormone? Doctors only lower serum testosterone levels under unusual circumstances when the presence of persistent testosterone secretion is a threat to the individual man and society's welfare, such as when:
1. Testosterone secretion begins at an inappropriately early age, and causes a premature or precocious puberty. 2. Testosterone is fueling the spread of prostate cancer and decreasing a man's life span. 3. Testosterone allows a sexual predator to continue his pattern of persistent antisocial behavior.
Boys with precocious puberty are troubled youngsters. Beginning as early as age six, they start making too much testosterone. The surplus testosterone initiates a short-lived growth spurt. For a while, they tower over their classmates. Shaving begins earlier than expected, as does the development of a baritone voice. The penis can become disproportionately enlarged. These young boys are invariably the first to experience nighttime erections and usually experiment with masturbation before anyone else. There are other consequences of their earlier-than-normal testosterone influx. They become more muscular than their classmates do, a phenomenon that impels some to be schoolyard bullies.
The young man whose brain, brawn, and bones are being stimulated by testosterone at an earlier-than-normal age is not normal. His precocious puberty, once recognized, can and should be treated, for if it is left alone, he will not only end up much shorter than everyone in his class but will have to contend with other social pressures as well. Fortunately, by stifling the