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Hypogonadism

Hypogonadism is the reduction or absence of hormone secretion or other physiological activity of the gonads (testes or ovaries).

Hypogonadism is when the male body does not produce enough testosterone–a hormone that is essential in masculine growth and development during puberty. Men may be both with the condition or develop during puberty or adulthood, sometimes due to injury or infection. There are two types of Hypogonadism: primary and secondary. Primary is when there is a problem with the testicles, and the Secondary is when the hypothalamus or pituitary gland, fails to send signals to the testicles so that they can produce testosterone. Both types may be an inherited trait, acquired later in life, and, at times, can occur together.

Complications
The effects vary depending on the time of diagnosis, but physically, males will experience infertility, osteoporosis, lack of muscle mass, development of breast tissue, underdeveloped genitals, and delayed puberty, to name a few. Men may experience symptoms of menopause, which may include fatigue, difficulty concentrating, decreased sex drive, and hot flashes.

Management
Treatment is specific to the cause. For adults and boys, there is TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) and assisted reproduction (for adults). TRT may consist of injections, Androderm patch, a topical or nasal gel, buccal cavity strain, or implantable pellets. Coping with the condition may seem complicated, but support throughout the diagnosis and treatment is available.

Why come to ELH for your hypogonadism?

DEXA Scans

A small amount of X-ray is used to capture images of your bones then calculates their density to determine their strength. Helps to diagnose or prevent osteoporosis.

Hormone Therapy

This option can help to increase male hormones safely. We have several treatments available.

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      I highly recommend Eagles Landing Endocrinology. They have been very helpful treating my disorder. I have found the staff to be kind, compassionate and knowledgeable.

      Claude G. | Eagles Landing Endocrinology Patient

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