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Can damage to testicles cause hypogonadism?

Can damage to testicles cause hypogonadism?

Yes: Any type of serious damage or injury to the testicles can result in hypogonadism. The injury or trauma may be minimal but the testes are very sensitive to sustaining injury. The loss of testosterone may be temporary or permanent depending on several factors such as age of the patient, type of injury, and patient comorbidities. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
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Hypogonadism (Definition)

Gonads refer to egg/sperm producing sexual organs, regardless of gender. Hypogonadism therefore means deficient sexual organ activity, concomitant w/low sex hormones. In women, this is called menopause, while in men, hypogonadism is known as low testosterone. Inadequate sex hormones can lead to decrease in sex drive (libido), decrease in mood (or mood swings), decrease ...Read more


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I have had hypogonadism since I was 26 .I've not been able to get my wife pregnant and my testicles use to hang down, now there in me or barley out?

I have had hypogonadism since I was 26 .I've not been able to get my wife pregnant and my testicles use to hang down, now there in me or barley out?

See urologist: You need to have a fertility evaluation by a urologist. This typically includes semen analysis (usually 2 samples) and blood tests for testosterone, lh, fsh, prolactin. With this information, your urologist will be able to make a diagnosis and hopefully offer treatment. ...Read more

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Dr has diagnosed me with pri hypogonadism and bilateral testicular atrophy. Dr prescribed fortesta, will my testicles shrink more?

Dr has diagnosed me with pri hypogonadism and bilateral testicular atrophy. Dr prescribed fortesta, will my testicles shrink more?

Not reported: Thhus Fortesta ia unlikely to cause any additional testicular shrinkage. However, it is theoretically possible as testicular function may well be supressed. Most common side effect reported has been skin reactions, mostly mild. ...Read more

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Can hypogonadism be caused by a varicoecele?

Can hypogonadism be caused by a varicoecele?

Yes: Varicoceles occupy a portion of the scrotum (sac) and can compression the testis and decrease fertility, libido, etc. This can be due to poor temperature regulation and restriction of blood flow to the testis. ...Read more

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Possible for malnutrition cause hypogonadism?

Possible for malnutrition cause hypogonadism?

Yes: Your body will postpone reproductive function in both men and women with severe malnutrition. Best example of that is girls with anorexia nervosa. ...Read more

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Can hypogonadism cause weight loss if left untreated?

Can hypogonadism cause weight loss if left untreated?

No: Hypogonadism causing low testosterone levels can lead to decreased muscle mass if it is severe but I am not aware of it being a cause of significant weight loss. Diagnosing hypogonadism is often difficult but testosterone replacement usually only helps in moderate to severe cases so if you are unsure of the diagnosis you should consult with an endocrinologist if you haven't done so ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause hypogonadism? How long for latter to resolve after former successfully treated?

Can sleep apnea cause hypogonadism? How long for latter to resolve after former successfully treated?

Other way around ...: Sleep apnea and other forms of poor sleep don't directly cause hypogonadism, although obesity (linked to sleep apnea) is correlated w/low T b/c excess Estradiol (from obesity) leads to less Free T. That's why we often recommend exercise & weight loss to treat low T. OTOH, TRT can aggravate sleep apnea so sleep should be monitored if you have OSA or are at risk. ...Read more

Testicles (Definition)

The testicles are the two oval male gonads, or reproductive glands, located in the scrotum. The seminiferous tubules of the testis are the site of spermatogenesis and its leydig cells secrete testosterone. The term testicles is synonymous with testes or gonads. The singular form is ...Read more