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Hypogonadism is a condition in which the sex glands produce little or no hormones. In men, these glands (gonads) are the testes; in women, they are the ovaries.
 
In men, hypogonadism results in loss of sex drive and may cause weakness, impotence, infertility, and osteoporosis. Men normally experience some decline in testosterone as they age, but it is not as dramatic or steep as the decline in sex hormones experienced by women.
 
In women, hypogonadism may cause infertility.  Menopause is a form of hypogonadism that occurs naturally and can cause hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and irritability as a woman's estrogen levels fall. The risk of osteoporosis and heart disease increases after menopause.

 

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