Between 4-5 million American men live with hypogonadism, a condition that occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough testosterone. The board-certified team of doctors at The Endocrine Center diagnoses and treats male hypogonadism at their Main Campus, Methodist West, and Greater Heights office locations in Houston, Texas. If you have symptoms such as a low sex drive, muscle weakness, or gynecomastia, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Male hypogonadism is a condition that occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough testosterone. You can have either primary or secondary hypogonadism. Primary hypogonadism stems from a problem with your testes, while secondary forms of the disease are often due to an abnormality in your pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
Some men are born with hypogonadism, while others develop it later in life — often following an injury or infection. Depending on the cause of your condition, the team at The Endocrine Center can provide personalized treatments to relieve your symptoms and restore your health and vitality.
Hypogonadism causes different symptoms at different stages of life. For example, if hypogonadism is congenital, it can interfere with fetal development and lead to underdeveloped or ambiguous genitals.
The condition can also interfere with puberty. An adolescent with hypogonadism could fail to develop secondary sex characteristics such as pubic hair, genital growth, voice deepening, and muscle mass development.
Adults with hypogonadism have symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, infertility, decreased muscle mass, gynecomastia, and osteoporosis.
Primary and secondary hypogonadism have different causes. Some of the issues that lead to primary hypogonadism include:
Secondary hypogonadism, on the other hand, can be caused by:
The physicians at The Endocrine Center provide comprehensive exams and tests, including hormone evaluations, semen analysis, and pituitary imaging, to diagnose the cause of your condition, which helps them create your customized treatment program.
Treatment for hypogonadism depends on your age, fertility concerns, and the underlying cause of your condition.
The Endocrine Center team often prescribes testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to restore testosterone levels. The treatment is available in several forms, including:
If you and your partner want to conceive, the team can also provide assisted reproduction services. Treatments such as intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization can help you grow your family.
The doctors can also provide treatments and advice to reduce your risk of osteoporosis. They can also help restore your libido and erectile function.
Call your nearest office location of The Endocrine Center today or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and treatment for male hypogonadism.