ADAM stands for Androgen Deficiency in Aging Males (ADAM) and it is an easy way to assess your sexual health through a series of questions based around common symptoms of men who potentially suffer from low testosterone or androgen deficiency. It is estimated that 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone and the ADAM questionnaire is quick way for men to check if they might have low testosterone before looking into blood tests and consultations with doctors.
It gives healthcare workers a quick way to screen men for low testosterone prior to any blood work and although a positive result does not always indicate low testosterone it can be a very helpful guide for doctors to assess the potential for low testosterone in men.
Saint Louis University developed the ADAM questionnaire in the year 2000, and it has been widely used as a screening tool ever since. It has shown to have a sensitivity of 88%, emphasising it as a utility as a screening test. The standard ADAM questionnaire consists of 10 ‘yes or no’ questions concerning symptoms of androgen deficiency.
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