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What is hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism is caused when sex glands in the body don't produce enough sex hormones. In males, the testes don't produce enough testosterone, which is an important hormone during puberty. In females with hypogonadism, the ovaries don't work correctly. Hypogonadism may be caused by a genetic problem that you're born with, or it may be caused by injury or infection later in life. The cause may affect the symptoms and the possible treatments of hypogonadism.

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
An exception to the typical pattern of declining testosterone levels with aging is a disorder called hypogonadism, which can strike at any time. In this condition, the testes don't produce enough testosterone to maintain normal male sexual function.

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