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Male Hypogonadism

Male Hypogonadism Causes

Some common causes of hypogonadism include Klinefeiter's syndrome, undescended testicles, mumps orchitis, hemochromatosis, injury to the testicles, and cancer treatment.

Male Hypogonadism Definition

Male hypogonadism is a condition in which the body doesn't give out enough of the sex hormone testosterone.

Male Hypogonadism Diagnosis

The doctor may test your blood level of testosterone if there is any of the signs or symptoms of hypogonadism. Early detection in boys can help stop problems from delayed puberty. Early diagnosis and treatment in men provides better protection against osteoporosis and other related conditions. Doctors base a diagnosis of hypogonadism on symptoms and results of blood tests that measure the patient's testosterone levels. Because testosterone levels differ and are generally highest in the morning, blood testing is usually done early in the day.

Male Hypogonadism Symptoms and Signs

During puberty, male hypogonadism may slow growth and affect development. It can cause: decreased development of muscle mass; lack of deepening of the voice; impaired growth of body hair; impaired growth of the penis and testicles; excessive growth of the arms and legs in relation to the trunk of the body; and development of breast tissue (gynecomastia).

Male Hypogonadism Treatment

For hypogonadism as a result of testicular failure, doctors use male hormone replacement (testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT). TRT can bring back sexual function and muscle strength and prevent bone loss. Additionally, men receiving TRT often experience an increase in energy, sex drive and sense of well-being.

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