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Men who have hypogonadism do not make enough testosterone. This hormone regulates a man's sex drive, bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass (and strength), and the production of red blood cells and sperm. The condition also is known as testosterone deficiency. It can lead to loss of sex drive, weakness, impotence, infertility, and weakened bones.
Many things can cause this condition. Causes may include injured testicles, certain medicines, or an infection. Having a long-term health problem such as kidney or liver disease or being obese can cause it. So can surgery or radiation treatment for another health problem. It also can be present at birth. It is most often treated with testosterone hormone. You can get the hormone as a shot or through a patch or gel on the skin.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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