What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatment may include steps to address the underlying cause. This may mean removing a tumor. Hormone replacement is necessary to treat hypogonadism. These medications can be delivered by pill or by injection. Symptoms may improve considerably after treatment, and some individuals may then be able to produce children.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Hormone preparations may cause allergic reactions, stomach upset, or other side effects. Surgery carries the risks of infection, bleeding, and allergic reaction to the anesthesia.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Once the underlying cause is corrected, the individual may return to normal. If the affected person is a child, he or she may begin to mature sexually. Often, the underlying cause cannot be corrected. In these cases, lifelong hormone replacement is necessary.
How is the condition monitored?
Tracking a person's symptoms and physical appearance may be all that is necessary to monitor hypogonadism. Periodic blood tests may be needed to monitor hormone levels. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.