Hypogonadism is a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone in the body that helps to create various masculine aspects of the body. This can include hair on the chest and male sex drive.
Hypogonadism can be a result of a number of factors. Some people are born with the condition while others develop it later on in life. It often involves problems with either the pituitary gland or the testicles that result in a lessening of testosterone production.
The effects range in severity. Some children will suffer from genitalia that are not clearly defined. Other boys may experience less growth in muscle mass during puberty and a difficulty in growing body hair throughout adolescence.
If hypogonadism develops later in life, it can result in erectile dysfunction and a decreased sex drive. This condition has also been called “Low T,” and is often associated with the decreased amount of testosterone that is produced as men age.
Common treatment options for hypogonadism involve taking some sort of testosterone in order to boost the levels of the hormone in the body. There are a number of options available for those considering getting treatment for hypogonadism. It is possible to receive testosterone via a gel, patch, pill, or injection. Although these options can reduce the severity of the symptoms of hypogonadism, they can also introduce a number of side effects that can be troubling and sometimes life-threatening.
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Prescription testosterone medicines have been associated with an increase in the number of red blood cells that the body produces. As the body produces more of these blood cells, the risk for blood clots can increase. Prescription testosterone has also been shown to increase the risk of developing prostate cancer and an enlarged prostate.
More blood clots can lead to a greater chance of heart attack, stroke, and death. The FDA has recently begun to investigate prescription testosterone products and their potential to cause significant harm in those taking the drugs. There is more information about these potentially life threatening products at the Prescription Testosterone Side Effects Page.