Causes of Hypogonadism in Men - Health Guide

Before or after the onset of puberty, hypogonadism manifests itself in both male and female quite differently. If an individual suffers through hypogonadism before puberty, then he is most likely to develop the characterictics of a eunuch. 

If the individual develops hypogonadism post puberty, then he may experience decreased sexual drive, erection dysfunction etc. Hypogonadism may be broadly classified into two categories primary hypogonadism and secondary.

Causes of Hypogonadism in Men - Health Guide

Primary Hypogonadism Causes 

Primary hypogonadism is also referred to as testicular failure. In the primary hypogonadism, the disorder is caused by the direct dysfunction of the testis or the ovary. It could have been functioning properly but has stopped at a later stage. There are a number of reasons behind it and only your doctor can help you in identifying the causes for the abrupt cease. Some common causes are

1) Smoking

2) Alcohol

3) Radiation or Chemotherapy

4) Viral Conditions

5) Twisted Testis

6) Liver or kidney problems

7) Physical damage to the testis.

Secondary Hypogonadism Causes

The secondary hypogonadism occurs rarely and generally its causes lay elsewhere. One reason could be the brain failing to stimulate the testis. In this case, the genitals are normal but a problem in the pituitary of the hypothalamus prevents it from functioning properly. Secondary hypogonadism is also referred to as Hypogonatrophic Hypogonadism. A person suffering from secondary hypogonadism may not develop puberty or may not finish it. Some of the common causes of this condition are 

1) Too much iron in the body

2) Delayed puberty

3) Kallman’s syndrome

4) Disease of pituitary

5) Inflammatory Diseases


7) Obesity

Among women, suffering from hypergonadotrophic, the most common cause of hypogonadism is the Turner Syndrome and in men, Kleinfelter’s syndrome is the most common cause. As compared to the hypergonadotrophic hypogonadism, hypogonatrophic hypogonadism occurs very rarely. This condition can induce severe complications in both men and women. It can cause infertility, impotence, osteoporosis, etc.