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Does hypothyroidism lead to hypogonadism or vice-versa?

Does hypothyroidism lead to hypogonadism or vice-versa?

Usually neither: Unless you have a pituitary or head injury causing your hormonal deficiencies, hypothyroidism and hypogonadism are usually separate and unrelated. People with one of these deficiencies may be statistically more likely to develop another deficiency, but it is a small likelyhood. Very low thyroid levels, untreated, can lead to deficiencies in other hormone levels, which normalize w/thyroid replaceme. ...Read more

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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TSH level 5.47 & total testosterone 245. LH is 2 & FSH is 1. Secondary hypogonadism & hypothyroidism. im 31 my dr suggested synthroid, (thyroxine) TRT. yes or no?

TSH level 5.47 & total testosterone 245. LH is 2 & FSH is 1. Secondary hypogonadism & hypothyroidism. im 31 my dr suggested synthroid, (thyroxine) TRT. yes or no?

Yes: I would recommend Armour or Nature's Thyroid over Synthyroid. Synthyroid is a synthetic the others are natural. Definitely would recommend testosterone using a bio-identical. Pellet therapy preferably because will last for 4-6 months and give superior levels. Can get more info at BioTe.com and find a Dr. in your area that can help and is well trained. ...Read more

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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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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

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What is the cause of hypogonadism?

Several: A genetic gene deletioncausing anterior pituitary failure called Kallmans Testicle failure Primary pituitary failure ovarian failure these are common causes ...Read more

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What are probable causes of hypogonadism?

Depends. : There is primary and secondary hypogonadism. In men, primary hypogonadism is caused by testicular cancer, trauma, or genetic disorders. Secondary hypogonadism is commonly caused by depression, anxiety, obesity, head trauma, aging, or other chronic diseases. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more