Men with hypogonadism are unable to produce adequate levels of testosterone, the hormone responsible for male growth. Testosterone is mainly responsible for development during adolescence and plays a key role in sperm production. Hypogonadism may be present from birth or develop at any point throughout a male's lifetime. Causes of hypogonadism vary. Illness, injury, medical treatments, aging, obesity, and failure of the testicles to drop are all known causes of hypogonadism. Treatment with testosterone replacement therapy is possible in some cases; however, sometimes hypogonadism is permanent. There are a number of symptoms of male hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism may be detectable in babies even before they've exited the womb and develops when the baby does not produce enough testosterone during the fetal development phase. An ultrasound can detect ambiguous or underdeveloped male genitals. Female genitalia may also develop on a baby who is genetically male. However, detection of hypogonadism is more likely to be diagnosed after birth.
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