Hypowhatism? The Science Behind Hypogonadism
Hypogonadism: While the terms gonads or “nads” might seem like something to snicker about over a six-pack, some of the conditions they are associated with are no laughing matter. Coming from the Greek hypo- (meaning “under” or “below”) and gon(meaning “seed” or “offspring”), hypogonadism is a below-average functioning of the testes in men. And when it comes to testosterone production, functioning below average can have some serious impacts on your health.
To start with, the testes serve both your reproductive and endocrine systems. (The endocrine system is the one that regulates hormones in your body which is one of the primary influences on how your body behaves and reacts) Their two main jobs are producing sperm and producing testosterone, along with other androgens (a fancy word for all the hormones that cause the development of male characteristics like facial hair and things like increased muscle mass.) Androgens also influence the structure and cognitive performance of the brain.
If you consider that fact, that testosterone plays a vital role in your hormonal system and in brain function, you’ll begin to understand why it’s important for medical providers to know the science of Low T. Knowing the causes, results, treatments and outcomes all matter.
Causes of hypogonadism and Low T
There should be a natural peak of testosterone production in your twenties with a very gradual decline after you reach 30. When this normal pattern and maintenance of normal levels is disrupted, there are several reasons this might happen:
- Childhood sicknesses, like mumps
- Congenital genetic disorders like Klinefelter or Kallmann syndromes
- Use (or misuse) of opioid medicines, like morphine
- Traumatic brain injuries, like concussions
- Use (or misuse) of anabolic steroids
- Surgeries that affect the genitourinary system
- Medications like prednisone (and other corticosteroids) or chemotherapy
- Long-standing chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypothyroidism
- Significant exposure to environmental/chemical agents that negatively alter our endocrine system
Results of hypogonadism and Low T
A man can develop hypogonadism at any stage of life. Some of the causes, especially concussion, are dangers to the most masculine of people you know – football players and other contact or extreme sports enthusiasts. Most people who suffer from Low T though have slowly descended into their problems. They may experience symptoms such as:
- Poor libido or sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue or lack of initiative
- Depressed mood or irritability
- Loss of muscle and/or strength
- Late or incomplete development (in children)
- Difficulty losing fat
Treatment and Outcomes of hypogonadism and Low T
There are several treatment options available. Gels and other topical agents that you place on your skin every day are very common. Some men manage their condition with surgically implanted pellets. In our opinion, the best way to manage the symptoms and results of Low T is with weekly injections of testosterone, directly into your muscle.
The outcomes depend mostly upon two things; your commitment to staying consistent with therapy and your provider’s commitment to managing the potential side effects and your ongoing therapy appropriately. If either is lacking, your satisfaction with treatment will also be lacking. Do not trust your health to anyone who is simply giving you what the drug reps told them to give you. Do not trust a company based solely on the volume of patients they treat. Be careful to choose a practice who puts your health ahead of their bottom line. You will be glad you did.
The science of Low T aims to help men with hypogonadism live more productive and fruitful lives.Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) steps up to the plate to pick up where your endocrine system left off. A diligent medical team. keeping a keen eye out for any of the problems that can come with the condition and/or the therapy is paramount to your success on TRT.
Hypogonadism is nothing new, and there are decades of medical wisdom for the science of Low T to build on. Putting your trust in a team like ours at Testosterone Centers of Texas means drawing on people who have done their research, and are keeping you front and center in your treatment plans. Contact TCT today to learn more.