Condition: Hypogonadism

Hypogonadism is when your sex hormones are low (testosterone in men and oestrogen in women) and could be due to a primary or secondary cause.

What is hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism is when your sex hormones are low (testosterone in men and oestrogen in women) and could be due to a primary or secondary cause.

Primary hypogonadism

Primary hypogonadism is where your gonads (testes in men and ovaries in women) do not work normally.

Secondary hypogonadism

Secondary hypogonadism occurs when the pituitary gland in your brain is not able to produce hormones to stimulates your functioning gonads.


What causes hypogonadism?

Primary hypogonadism: your testes or ovaries stop working normally as a result of damage secondary to trauma or medical treatment, removal or ageing.

Secondary hypogonadism: the pituitary gland in your brain is not able to produce hormones to stimulate your functioning gonads.


Symptoms of hypogonadism.

Secondary hypogonadism symptoms include loss of libido, erectile dysfunction (in men), loss of menstruation (in women), lethargy, hot flushes, osteoporosis, abnormal breast growth and infertility.


Diagnosing hypogonadism

Our specialists will perform blood tests and some patients may need scans to identify the cause.


Treatment for hypogonadism

The lack of the sex hormones (testosterone and oestrogen) can cause a multitude of symptoms but also can affect bone strength and psychological wellbeing. Our specialists will perform a detailed, individual assessment and advise on the optimal replacement of these hormones to restore full health.