Male Hypogonadism and Testosterone Therapy Treatment
Hypogonadism is the underproduction of sex hormones by the gonads, or sex organs. Male hypogonadism refers to the underproduction of testosterone, which can severely limit a growing boy’s sexual development and frustrate an adult male’s quality of life.
The easiest way to understand the effects of hypogonadism is to understand the effects of proper testosterone levels in a man’s development. The male sex hormone contributes to everything from the deepening of the voice, the growth of body hair, and muscle building to sex drive and general self confidence. A lack of testosterone has the opposite effect, and can contribute to a higher-pitched voice, loss of body hair, muscle loss, lowered sex drive, and decreased confidence.
What Contributes to Male Hypogonadism?
Hypogonadism can occur as early as fetal development, which may lead to androgyny, but male hypogonadism in particular can also occur as a result of testicular injury. Hypogonadism sustained before puberty is particularly problematic, as it will greatly affect puberty. Low testosterone during puberty can lead to:
- impaired growth of the body during a crucial stage of development
- unbalanced growth (in which the arms and legs grow more than the core)
- impaired growth of the penis and testicles
- development of breast tissue, or gynecomastia.
Hypogonadism that occurs after puberty is less obvious, but can also lead to major problems, such as:
- erectile dysfunction
- decreased body and facial hair
- decreased muscle mass
- loss of bone mass
While these are some of the physical symptoms of hypogonadism, it is worth noting that hypogonadism, no matter when it occurs, can also lead to persistent psychological and emotional duress. Common stressors that accompany male hypogonadism may include:
- increased fatigue
- decreased sex drive
- difficulty concentrating
- hot flashes
How Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Help
Many adult males who have gone through puberty normally but experience hypogonadism in later life may not recognize its symptoms. If you suspect that you may be suffering from hypogonadism, testosterone replacement therapy is a potential treatment option. The pervasive symptoms of hypogonadism are caused in large part by low testosterone, and testosterone replacement therapy can greatly improve quality of life and sex drive.
Dr. Olivieri has many decades of experience treating men with low testosterone, and has helped thousands of men experience the benefits of normal testosterone levels, improving their lives, marriages, and mobility. If you know someone who may be suffering from hypogonadism or low testosterone in general, consider calling Aegonics Medical for a consultation.