For men, the testes secrete male hormones, including testosterone. When not enough testosterone is produced, you may have an issue called male hypogonadism. Endocrinologist Andrea Hayes, MD, at Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center in Nashville, Tennessee, has the expertise to diagnose this disorder and offer effective treatment. To learn more about hypogonadism, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
You may develop hypogonadism as you age, often as a result of injury or infection. It can also be present from birth. How hypogonadism is treated depends on when you developed it and the symptoms it’s causing.
Primary hypogonadism results due to a problem in your testicles. Secondary hypogonadism may result as a problem in one of your glands, namely the pituitary or hypothalamus glands. These are the parts of the brain that signal the production of testosterone.
Dr. Hayes does an evaluation to determine what’s causing your problems so she can deliver appropriate treatment.
A baby with hypogonadism is genetically male but may be born with underdeveloped male genitals or female genitals. If the condition develops during puberty, the male might have a decreased development of muscle mass, limited body hair growth, and a voice that doesn’t deepen. Gynecomastia, development of breast tissue, and impaired growth of the penis and testicles may also occur.
Hypogonadism that develops in adulthood can cause erectile dysfunction (ED), decrease in muscle mass, gynecomastia, and loss of bone mass.
Hypogonadism often responds well to testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone may be offered as injections, gels, or pellets implanted under the skin.
Dr. Hayes offers Testopel® pellets that she injects subcutaneously during an in-office procedure. The pellets release a consistent level of hormones to revitalize your levels and reduce symptoms.
You may not have hypogonadism but can still benefit from testosterone replacement therapy. Some men lose testosterone production as they age or due to obesity or Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Hayes wants to help you restore your testosterone to normal physiologic levels. As a result of testosterone therapy, you may experience:
Testosterone replacement therapy can also resolve symptoms of male menopause, such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances.
If you suspect you need testosterone therapy for hypogonadism or to boost low testosterone levels, call Hayes Endocrine and Diabetes Center or schedule an appointment online today.