Low testosterone is a medical problem that affects only the male population. While many American men are affected by low testosterone, many do not talk about it. Aside from it being an “embarrassing” problem, a lot of individuals do not really understand why they have been affected by low testosterone. Low testosterone is also known as “hypogonadism” and low testosterone can be linked to primary or secondary hypogonadism. A physician at Men’s Vitality Clinic in Tucson can help you understand why testosterone replacement therapy in Tucson, AZ can help curb the negative side effects of low testosterone.

While both primary hypogonadism and secondary hypogonadism can affect men of all ages, there are many differences between the two. Primary hypogonadism if a problem with testosterone production within the testicles. It is also known as primary testicular failure. Certain disorders, illnesses, and medications can cause primary hypogonadism. Men who suffer from an undescended testicle or Klinefelter syndrome will also suffer from primary hypogonadism. Primary hypogonadism can also occur due to abuse of testosterone and/or performance enhancers.

Secondary hypogonadism occurs when the testicles function normally but the pituitary gland and/or the hypothalamus are functioning incorrectly. The pituitary gland and the hypothalamus are responsible for testosterone production and regulation. Pituitary tumors or adjacent tumors can affect the pituitary gland which can lead to low testosterone. Men who suffer from underdeveloped brains may also suffer from low testosterone. Secondary hypogonadism can also be caused by disease; HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis. Secondary hypogonadism is also caused by the normal aging process, obesity, or opiate abuse.

Testosterone replacement therapy may be a viable treatment option for men of all ages that suffer from low testosterone. Only a qualified medical professional should diagnose, treat, and manage low testosterone. Call your physician at Men’s Vitality Clinic in Tucson, Arizona for an appointment!