What is hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism refers to a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone. This happens when the testes or ovaries do not function properly due to a problem with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus.

The signs and symptoms of hypogonadism depend on the age when the condition develops. In men, low testosterone can lead to reduced muscle mass, decreased facial and body hair, lower sex drive, decreased bone density, infertility, erectile dysfunction, and mood changes such as depression. In boys, it can delay the onset of puberty.

In women, hypogonadism can disrupt menstrual cycles and fertility. Other symptoms include decreased sex drive, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and osteoporosis. Young girls may have absent or delayed puberty as well.

Some key facts about hypogonadism:

What causes low testosterone production? There are two main categories:

Primary hypogonadism
- Originates from a problem in the testes due to infection, injury, cancer treatment, or undescended testes
- Testes do not respond adequately to pituitary signals

Secondary hypogonadism
- Starts from an issue with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus
- Signals to trigger testosterone production are low or absent
- Can be caused by tumors, inflammation, or hormone deficiencies

Treatment depends on the underlying cause but often involves hormone replacement therapy. The specialists at Balance Hormone Clinic provide cutting edge treatments tailored to your needs. Their clinics offer comprehensive blood testing, testosterone treatments, follow up monitoring and ongoing patient support.

I hope this overview on hypogonadism has been helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions. Balance Hormone Clinic would be happy to provide more information on understanding and managing this treatable condition.

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