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What are the symptoms of hypogonadism ]?

The symptoms of hypogonadism, sometimes referred to as Low Testosterone, which can be caused by certain medical conditions, can be more specific and less specific in nature.


Some signs and symptoms of hypogonadism:

More Specific Symptoms:
  • Decreased sexual desire (libido)
  • Decreased spontaneous erections
  • Reduced need for shaving or loss of body hair (underarm and pubic)
  • Unexplained bone fracture or decreased bone strength
  • Hot flushes, sweats
Less Specific Symptoms:
  • Fatigue or decreased energy
  • Depressed mood
  • Reduced muscle strength/mass
  • Increased body fat

More specific symptoms are closely related to hypogonadism. Less specific symptoms could be a result of another medical condition.

By discussing your overall health, including symptoms, your doctor can perform a medical evaluation and assess whether you might have a medical condition that could be causing hypogonadism. And if so, certain blood tests are necessary to come to a proper diagnosis.

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Erectile dysfunction (ED): The inability to achieve or sustain an erection for sexual intercourse.

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Hematocrit: The proportion of your total blood volume that is composed of red blood cells.

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Hormone: A chemical substance made in one part of the body that travels through the bloodstream and affects cells and tissues in another part of the body by increasing or decreasing its functional activity.

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Hypogonadism: The medical condition, sometimes known as Low Testosterone, can be caused by certain medical conditions. It can occur when the body doesn't make enough testosterone because of a problem with the testes and/or parts of the brain that regulate the testes.

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Hypothalamus: The area of the brain that controls a large number of normal functions throughout the body. The hypothalamus also regulates the functions of the pituitary gland by directing the pituitary to stop or start production of its hormones.

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Pituitary gland: An endocrine gland suspended beneath the brain that produces hormones that control other glands and many body functions, including growth, reproduction, and other metabolic activities.

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Prostate-specific antigen (PSA): A protein that is produced by the prostate. High PSA levels may be a sign of certain prostate conditions, such as an enlarged prostate, prostate infection, or prostate cancer.

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Testes: The male reproductive organs located in the scrotum. They produce sperm and the male hormone testosterone.

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Testosterone: A hormone involved in the development of male sex organs. It's one of the most important male sex hormones. Testosterone increases body and facial hair, deepens the voice, is involved in sperm cell production, and influences sexual desire and function.