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Does hypogonadism affect men differently than women?

Hypogonadism can affect both men and women, but it affects the sexes somewhat differently. Sex hormones are affected in both sexes, but in men the testes don't produce enough testosterone, and in women the ovaries don't produce enough estrogen. The causes may be different depending on your sex - certain genetic conditions may only affect females or males. In both sexes, hypogonadism can cause delays in sexual development if it occurs before puberty. Obviously, the exact symptoms are different for boys (lack of body hair and muscle mass) than for girls (lack of menstruation and breasts). Men who develop hypogonadism may experience erectile dysfunction and loss of bone and muscle mass, while women experience a loss of menstruation and hot flashes.

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