Objective: Because acromegaly is an uncommon disorder, epidemiological data regarding the demographics of the disease such as the prevalence of hypogonadism have been limited. In order to derive clinical and epidemiological information, including underlying hormonal factors, regarding hypogonadism in patients with acromegaly, we performed a pilot study designed to develop a multi-centre acromegaly patient registry. Design and measurements: Medical records of patients with acromegaly seen between and at three Institutions were reviewed, and data were entered into a database using a secure internet website. Hypogonadism was defined as amenorrhoea in women and testosterone deficiency in men.
Low Sex Drive (Hypogonadism)
Low Sex Drive (Hypogonadism): Symptoms, Treatment
Early detection in boys can help prevent problems from delayed puberty. Early diagnosis and treatment in men offer better protection against osteoporosis and other related conditions. Your doctor will conduct a physical exam and note whether your sexual development, such as your pubic hair, muscle mass and size of your testes, is consistent with your age. Your doctor will test your blood level of testosterone if you have signs or symptoms of hypogonadism. Because testosterone levels vary and are generally highest in the morning, blood testing is usually done early in the day, before 10 a.
Male hypogonadism means the testicles do not produce enough of the male sex hormone testosterone. When levels are low, men might have decreased sex drive, less muscle mass, erectile dysfunction, and fatigue. Hypogonadism has a negative effect on organ function and quality of life. Testosterone is responsible for male reproductive and sexual functions.
This condition generally affects older men, but younger patients can also be affected for a variety of reasons. Unlike menopause, testosterone deficiency syndrome is not an inevitable result of aging. In some cases, a specific cause for testosterone deficiency may be discovered. An example would be excess secretion of one or more pituitary hormones that then interfere with testosterone production or availability. In most people, though, no cause for testosterone deficiency can be found.