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What Causes Secondary Hypogonadism?

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Hypogonadism (or low testosterone) is a clinical condition that men can develop at any age. It affects the healthy production of testosterone (i.e., men’s primary sex hormone) and the production of sperm.

If men develop hypogonadism, they may experience symptoms that negatively impact their lifestyle, such as low libido, rapid weight gain, depression, brain fog, and fatigue. In contrast, these mental and physical conditions can also contribute to an individual developing low T

It’s a vicious cycle, but it’s important to understand what hypogonadism is, as well as its causes and symptoms, so you can identify its early signs and seek professional help from a men’s health expert.

What Causes Hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism can be broken up into two categories: primary and secondary hypogonadism.

Primary Hypogonadism

This condition may result from either a hereditary condition, known as Klinefelter’s syndrome—when a male is born with an extra copy of the X chromosomes (XXY)—or external contributors, which may include chemotherapy, mumps, or injury to the testes (Mayo Clinic).

Secondary Hypogonadism

This condition may develop due to obesity, reactions to certain medications, depression or stress, malnutrition, or toxins in the body from alcohol (Medical News Today).

An important distinction between the two conditions, aside from their causes, is that primary hypogonadism signals an issue occurring in the testes, while secondary hypogonadism affects the part of the brain (such as the pituitary gland) that is responsible for sending messages to the testes to produce testosterone (Mayo Clinic). 

Does Hypogonadism Go Away?

Hypogonadism (or low T) is a problem that most men may experience. But without professional guidance combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, you may struggle to enjoy a better quality of life. This is true especially if common hypogonadism symptoms, such as weight gain, low sex drive, mental and physical fatigue, or depression are affecting other areas of your life, such as finances, career, and relationships.

The Good News? 

There’s hope! At EveresT Men’s Health, our team will help you find a proactive treatment plan that aligns with your goals, health needs, and individual condition. Whether you’re experiencing primary or secondary hypogonadism, you will find support, guidance, and resources to help you conquer each day with renewed energy and focus.

It starts with scheduling a consultation with our team. We’ll walk you through your options and set you up with a comprehensive medical exam. This allows us to analyze areas of your health that may be causing you to experience hypogonadism symptoms. Once we identify any deficiencies, we’ll develop a lifestyle program that helps you take back control of your health and wellness.

Low T is not a lifestyle you need to plan your life around. Schedule an appointment with EveresT today to find the best treatment plan that works for you.