Reproductive health: What is hypogonadism? Know the symptoms, causes, and prevention of the condition – Times Now

Posted: January 12, 2020 at 8:45 am

Reproductive health: What is Hypogonadism? Know the symptoms, causes, and prevention of the condition  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: Reproductive and sexual health may not be topics of drawing-room conversations, but that does not deem them unimportant. Reproductive health and sexual health are closely knit and need more attention than people give the concerns, since people suffering from problems may find it difficult to speak up, visit a doctor, and talk about their symptoms.

When it comes to sexual health, there is no 'one size fits all' solution, which makes it even more important to raise awareness. Various factors that include personal, gynaecological, and physical factors can affect sexual health and cause different types of disorders or problems. One such sexual health issue is that of hypogonadism, that many men and women may experience, but few are aware of.

Hypogonadism is a condition defined as the diminished functional activity of the gonads the testes in men, and the ovaries in women. This may result in diminished production of sex or reproductive hormones, and may adversely affect sexual and reproductive health. It is a pretty common condition, and sees about more than a million cases every year, in India alone.

The symptoms of the condition vary for both the genders, while some may be common for both. Fatigue, hot flashes, difficulty in concentrating, infertility, loss of body hair are some of the common symptoms. Other symptoms include -

For women

For men

The causes behind the condition can be various. Ranging from genetic disorder to autoimmune disorders, infections, diseases, radiation exposure, etc. can also cause the condition. Since the causes are difficult to identify, it is always advisable to visit the doctor if you see any symptoms of the condition.

Lifestyle factors that can cause the condition include obesity, rapid weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, and the use of steroids or opioids.

There are no specific ways to prevent the condition. However, a recent study has shown that losing weight can help in treating testosterone levels in men. A healthy lifestyle and diet, regular physical activity or exercise, and a healthy diet play an important role in keeping the risk of diseases at bay and preventing conditions like hypogonadism. For better sexual health, refraining from smoking, binge drinking, and use of drugs is also recommended.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

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