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Hypogonadism

 

Signs and Symptoms of Hypogonadism

Hypogonadism can begin during fetal development, before puberty or during adulthood. Signs and symptoms depend on when the condition develops in the individual’s bodily development.

Fetal development

If the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone during fetal development, the result may be an impaired growth of the external sex organs. Depending on when hypogonadism develops and how much testosterone is present, a child who is genetically male may be born with:

  • Female genitals
  • Ambiguous genitals — genitals that are neither clearly male nor clearly female
  • Underdeveloped male genitals

Puberty

Male hypogonadism may delay puberty or cause incomplete or lack of normal 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

  • Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)

Adulthood

In adult males, hypogonadism may alter certain masculine physical characteristics and impair normal reproductive function. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Infertility

  • Decrease in beard and body hair growth

  • Decrease in muscle mass

  • Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)

  • Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)

  • Hypogonadism can also cause mental and emotional changes. As testosterone decreases, some men may experience symptoms similar to those of menopause in women. These may include:

  • Fatigue

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Hot flushes

I might be suffering from  low testosterone, what should I do next?

If you suffer from symptoms of low-testosterone, we advise you to see a specialist Urologist/Andrologist.

Our doctors extensive experience diagnosing and treating hypogonadism as well as associated health issues such as erectile dysfunction or sub-fertility. During the consultation your doctor will examine you and your medical history thoroughly, establish a tailored diagnosis and help you to choose the optimum treatment option to restore your testosterone levels to normal.

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