Male hypogonadism, which may also be called a testosterone deficiency, may be difficult for men who experience this problem. For many men low testosterone levels are seen as an embarrassment and an affront to their manhood, but this is a medical condition and there is no reason to be ashamed. This is also one of the most common physical causes of male impotence, but there are treatments available and understanding how to deal with this condition can be a big help. The first step is a visit to your physician, to determine whether your testosterone level is low or not. If you do have low levels of this male hormone than the next step is to determine why this is occurring.
A simple test can help diagnose male hypogonadism, and the treatment will be determined by the specific level of your testosterone as well as the cause of any deficiency. In some cases a supplement can be taken if your hormone levels are only slightly low, but if the deficiency is significant then you may need to take a prescription male hormone replacement in some cases. The cause of the male hypogonadism can also help determine the best way to deal with this condition. In some cases surgery may be needed if this condition is caused by a pituitary gland tumor, and once the tumor is removed that no further treatment may be needed as long as permanent damage was not done to the gland.
Male hypogonadism can be a very touchy subject for a man who is experiencing this problem. Male characteristics may start to disappear, and a lack of sex drive caused by low testosterone levels may make a man feel inadequate or like less of a man. In some cases counseling or therapy may help deal with some of the emotions that can be caused by male menopause, especially cases where aging is the cause and prescription or surgical treatment is not advised. An endocrinologist may be able to help with many cases of male hypogonadism, and a consultation with this type of specialist will help you determine exactly what your options are.
The information provided herein is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.