Men who have hypogonadism do not make enough testosterone. This hormone allows men to make sperm and to have normal physical male traits. 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 include injured testicles, certain medicines, an infection, and aging. 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.
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Current as of: March 15, 2018
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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