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Dr. Alvin Lin
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Hypogonadism (Overview)

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 in energy, cloudy thinking


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What are the kinds of things you can do to avoid hypogonadism?

What are the kinds of things you can do to avoid hypogonadism?

Different in kids: In pediatrics hypogonadism is not a matter of lifestyle intervention. Children presenting with hypogonadism can be born with it or it can be acquired as a result of gonadal injury from trauma or forms of chemotherapy/radiation. However, we see kids with delayed puberty who are not necessarily hypogonadal, but "late bloomers." a doctor would need to determine this. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
367 doctors shared insights

Hypogonadism (Overview)

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 in energy, cloudy thinking


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Adult-onset hypogonadotropic hypogonadism--how does gnrh therapy differ from normal testosterone therapy? Which therapy is best for 42 year old male?

Adult-onset hypogonadotropic hypogonadism--how does gnrh therapy differ from normal testosterone therapy? Which therapy is best for 42 year old male?

Only for children: Gnrh is by injection, vey expensive, and only for children -- it wouldn't be appropriate or effective or prescribed for you. Stick with transdermal testosterone. Hopefully, you've had your undescended testicle fixed early in childhood, as they can become cancerous of not brought down surgically early in life. If it's still undescended, see you doctor soon. ...Read more

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Is acne a symptom of hypogonadism?

Is acne a symptom of hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism: No. Acne is actually more common with increased testosterone levels, not decreased levels. In females hypogonadism may lead to menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hypogonadism?

Lots of overlap: Hypogonadism is medical speak for low testosterone. Symptoms are non-specific. In other words, you might have something else if you're depressed, can't think straight, no interest in sex, loss of erectile function, loss of muscle mass, increase in fat, etc. While this can occur in younger men, this constellation of symptoms increases in frequency in our 40s and older. So ask your doctor for testin. ...Read more

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I am 26 and have been diagnosed with hypogonadism. How can this be fixed?

I am 26 and have been diagnosed with hypogonadism. How  can this be fixed?

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. Treatment depends on the cause, so you have to first get a more detailed diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you test for hypogonadism in small boy?

How do you test for hypogonadism in small boy?

Blood tests: For childen, one begins with blood tests for hormone levels including growth hormone. ...Read more

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What is the youngest a male could know that he has hypogonadism?

What is the youngest a male could know that he has hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism: There may be some symptoms in younger children but the most obvious changes will be noted at puberty as normal sexual maturation will not occur. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to treat hypogonadism?

Depends: It depends upon the cause of the hypogonadism...If its due to excessive exercise you can cut down on your exercise, if its due to being underweight or having anorexia, counseling and weight gain would help. If its due to something called kallmann's syndrome ( a brain defect) then no.... Speak to your doctor about your cause and see if they have a natural solution. ...Read more

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