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Male Hypogonadism

Male Hypogonadism

This is a condition in which one's body doesn't produce sufficient testosterone, the hormone that plays a vital role in masculine growth and development during puberty. People maybe born with male Hypogonadism or probably develop it later in life from infection or injury. This also depends on the cause and the time of onset of the condition.

Signs and symptoms of Male Hypogonadism include:

Fetal development - If one's body does not produce enough testosterone during fetal development, the outcome may be impaired growth of the external sex organs. Depending on when Hypogonadism develops as well as how much testosterone is present, a child who is genetically male, maybe born with female genitals, ambiguous genitals (neither male nor female), and underdeveloped genitals.

Puberty - Male Hypogonadism may interrupt puberty or cause a lack of normal and incomplete development. It can further lead to decreased development of muscle mass, impaired growth of body hair, lack of deepening of the voice, an impaired growth of the testicles and penis, excessive growth of the legs and arms in relation to the trunk of one's body and development of breast tissue.

Adulthood - In adulthood, Hypogonadism may alter certain masculine physical characteristics as well as impair normal reproductive function. The signs include infertility, erectile dysfunction, decrease in muscle mass, development of breast tissue, loss of bone mass and decrease in body hair and beard growth.

Hypogonadism can also lead to emotional and mental changes. When testosterone decreases, some men may experience symptoms that are similar to those of menopause in women such as hot flashes, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and decreased sex drive.

When to see a doctor?

Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of Male Hypogonadism. Identifying the cause of Hypogonadism is an imperative step to getting suitable treatment.

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