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Female Hypogonadism Symptoms — Ovarian Dysfunction

Most people are unaware that there’s even a condition known as female hypogonadism, symptoms of which can seriously affect women’s quality of life.

The term hypogonadism is most commonly used to describe the male condition commonly known as low testosterone, but it’s also used in reference to women.

In either case, “hypogonadism” means that the sex glands that produce sex hormones are not getting their job done, which can lead to a hormone imbalance.

female hypogonadism symptoms

In males, the term indicates that the testes are not producing testosterone in sufficient amounts — often incorrectly thought to be the result of a natural decline as men age.

There are 2 types of male hypogonadism, either type 1 or type 2, each with different causes (read more about the differences in the types of male hypogonadism here).

Just like male hypogonadism, female hypogonadism has symptoms that are not only unpleasant, but that can seriously affect the quality of your life.

Female Hypogonadism Symptoms Can Harm Your Quality of Life

In women, the term “hypogonadism” means the ovaries are failing to produce enough estrogen and progesterone (and even testosterone), and it usually is part of the natural (yet often unpleasant) aging process.

This differs sharply from men.

This process of hormonal decline is known as menopause. “Female hypogonadism” refers to the resulting deficiency in any hormone produced in the ovaries.

With female hypogonadism, symptoms may include the following:

  • Mood changes, depression, and anxiety
  • Low libido
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Irregular or heavy periods
  • Changes in appetite or digestive issues
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Hair loss and hair thinning

These symptoms are common to a variety of hormone imbalances in women.

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Female Hypogonadism — Symptoms May Start Earlier Than Expected

There’s a troubling trend researchers have uncovered — more and more women are experiencing female hypogonadism and symptoms related to hormone imbalance much earlier than previous generations.

In other words, pre-menopausal women have far lower-than-normal hormone levels long before the actual beginning of the menopausal process.

Some of the causes of premature female hypogonadism are the following:

  • Ovarian removal, surgically
  • Ovarian failure, due to chemotherapy drugs or other drugs
  • Loss of menstrual periods in a woman before menopause
  • Early menopause (before the age of 40)
  • Chemical or radiation exposure
  • Down syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Hypothalamic disease
  • Pituitary tumors, hypopituitarism, or hyperprolactinemia
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Diabetes
  • Opioid medications, alcoholism, or drug addiction
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Sickle cell anemia

You can read more about hypogonadism in both men and women here.

Female Hypogonadism — The Symptoms Can Be Treated

If you’re suffering from female hypogonadism, the symptoms can often be treated with hormone replacement therapy.

The first step in female hypogonadism treatment would be to assess your individual, baseline hormone levels to determine any deficiencies or excess — basically, to discover in what way your hormone levels are out of balance.

Then we determine the proper course of treatment, including specific attention to accurate dosing of needed hormones.

Estrogen replacement therapy can be of tremendous benefit to many women suffering from female hypogonadism — the symptoms commonly attributed to other illness can be lessened or eliminated through a return to hormone balance.

Female Hypogonadism and Treatment — You Could Suffer From Low Testosterone

Yes, those women suffering from female hypogonadism symptoms could have low testosterone levels — we provide the highest levels of treatment for that as well.

Female hypogonadism is a reality for many women, and it’s often unexpected since it doesn’t get the media coverage that its male counterpart receives.

We invite you to learn more about female low testosterone by clicking the button below. Female hypogonadism and its symptoms are not something you have to live with.

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(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C

(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C started his career in healthcare as a fireman/paramedic in West Texas where he served on the Midland Fire Department from 1998-2004.   He became interested in testosterone treatment after seeing how hormone replacement doctors helped those suffering from low testosterone.   After graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program, he moved to DFW where he currently lives with his wife and three children.

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