- Q What are the symptoms of congenital hypogonadism?
Because the hormones produced by the gonads affect so many parts of the body, the symptoms can be wide-ranging. The symptoms also depend on the age at which the congenital hypogonadism symptoms first appear. Congenital hypogonadism can begin before... Full Answer
- Q How do other illnesses affect congenital hypogonadism?
Congenital hyopgonadism can be triggered by other genetic defects in the developing fetus. The most common such defect is Klinefelter syndrome. This is an abnormality of the X- and Y-chromosomes that in turn triggers congenital hypogonadism in the... Full Answer
- Q How does congenital hypogonadism affect the body?
The way congenital hypogonadism affects the body depends on how early the condition begins to cause symptoms. Congenital hypogondism can begin affecting the body even before birth. In such cases, development of the fetus is affected, resulting in... Full Answer
- Q How is congenital hypogonadism diagnosed?
Congenital hypogonadism is diagnosed with a series of blood tests. Primarily, the tests will look at the level of testosterone (for men) or estrogen (for women) in the blood. Abnormally low levels may indicate hypogonadism. Other tests will look at... Full Answer
- Q How common is congenital hypogonadism?
The total number of people affected by congenital hypogonadism is unclear. It has been proposed that the condition is underdiagnosed. No hard numbers exist, although it is thought that, for example one to two percent of all male infertility cases can be... Full Answer
- Q Can congenital hypogonadism be prevented?
As congenital hypogonadism is an inborn condition, there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. At best, you can educate yourself about family history and genetic risk factors. That way, you can make an informed decision when you are thinking of... Full Answer
- Q What causes congenital hypogonadism?
ANSWER Congenital hypogonadism is present at birth and can be caused by a variety of inherited conditions. Among males, the most common congenital cause of hypogonadism is called Klinefelter syndrome, an abnormality of the X- and Y-chromosomes, which... Full Answer
- Q Is congenital hypogonadism serious?
Congenital hypogonadism is serious insofar as it can have a significant impact on quality of life and sexual health. The earlier it develops, the more serious it is; if it develops before birth, it can cause malformation of the genitalia, for example. In... Full Answer
- Q What is congenital hypogonadism?
Hypogonadism describes a condition in which the sex glands do not produce a normal or sufficient amount of hormones. The condition can affect both men and women; the hormones and glands involved vary by sex. In men, the glands are the testes, or... Full Answer
- Q What causes primary hypogonadism?
Primary hypogonadism is caused when the ovaries or testicles fail to function properly. This failure can either be present at birth due to genetic disorders - congenital - or occur later in life due to infection, injury, or illness - acquired. Whatever... Full Answer