Hypogonadism is a common condition amongst males where the body is incapable of producing enough testosterone. The testosterone is a hormone that plays an important role in development of masculine growth during puberty. It also has the ability to produce sperms.
There are people born with Hypogonadism while others may develop it at later stages in life through infection or injury. Curing Hypogonadism depends on the cause or the stage it occurred in life. Certain types of Hypogonadism are treatable through testosterone replacement therapy.
Basically there are two types of Hypogonadism
- Primary Hypogonadism: its other name is primary testicular failure. It is caused by problematic testicles.
- Secondary Hypogonadism: suffering from this type of Hypogonadism is always an indication that there is a problem in either the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus
Hypogonadism can begin at fetal development, during adulthood or before puberty. The symptoms and signs are dependent on the stage that this condition develops
If the body is incapable of producing of producing enough testosterone during this stage, the most likely result is impaired growth of external sex organs. Depending on the Hypogonadism stage or the level of testosterone, a genetically born male child may have
- Underdeveloped male genitals
- Female genitals
- Ambiguous genitals – here you cannot clearly tell whether the child is male or female
Hypogonadism may delay puberty. It can also cause incomplete development. It can also lead to
- Lack of voice deepening
- Decreased development of the muscle mass
- Impairment of body hair growth
- Impairment in growth of the testicles and the penis
- Excessive growth of legs and legs that are not proportional to the size of the body
- Gynecomastia i.e. development of breast tissues
Hypogonadism alters certain masculine characteristics in adults. It also impairs the normal reproduction functions. Symptoms and signs may include
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decrease in growth body hair and beard
- Reduction in muscle mass
- Development of breast tissues i.e. Gynecomastia
- Bone mass loss i.e. osteoporosis
Hypogonadism also causes emotional and mental changes. As the testosterone decreases, there are men who experience symptoms like those of women during menopause. Such symptoms include
- Hot flashes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty in concentrating
When to seek medical advice
Anytime you notice that you have male Hypogonadism symptoms, see a doctor immediately. A doctor is in a better condition to establish the causes of Hypogonadism. This is always an appropriate step in your quest to get an appropriate treatment.