What Are Some Symptoms of Hypogonadism in Men?


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Some of the symptoms of hypogonadism in men include erectile dysfunction, development of breast tissue, fatigue and low libido, according to Mayo Clinic. Other symptoms include hot flashes and difficulty concentrating. The exact symptoms of hypogonadism are subject to the stage in life when the condition develops.

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What Are Some Symptoms of Hypogonadism in Men?
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When hypogonadism occurs during fetal development, and depending on the point at which the condition comes about, a male child may be born with female genitals, underdeveloped male genitals or ambiguous genitals that are not clearly male or female. When hypogonadism develops during puberty, symptoms usually include impaired growth of the genitals, impaired growth of body hair, growth of breast tissue, a lack of voice deepening and reduced growth of muscle mass, states Mayo Clinic. When hypogonadism develops in adulthood, symptoms normally include erectile dysfunction, infertility, reduction in body hair growth, reduction in muscle mass, growth of breast tissue and loss of bone mass.

Male hypogonadism is a condition that refers to the failure of the testicles to produce sperm, androgen or both, according to Cleveland Clinic. Hypogonadism can be caused by an inherited trait, or it can be acquired later in life through injury or infection, notes Mayo Clinic. Hypogonadism that stems from testicular problems is referred to as primary, and hypogonadism that arises from problems in the pituitary glands or in the hypothalamus is referred to as secondary.

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