Hypogonadism Support Group

Hypogonadism is a medical term for a defect of the reproductive system that results in lack of function of the gonads. The gonads have two functions: to produce hormones, activin and to produce gametes. Deficiency of sex hormones can result in defective primary or secondary sexual development, or withdrawal effects (e.g., premature menopause) in adults. Defective egg or sperm development results in infertility.

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Diagnosed with Low T

Hi,

This month I was diagnosed with low testosterone.
I have started using a patch.
Right now I'm angry/frustrated/confused...etc.
Anyone else have a similar experience and how they have overcome it?

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Try to follow up with blood work, indicating if the patch is working. Maybe you should consider the gel if the patch falls off.

The best you can do is get your numbers higher. Find out if you are secondary or primary.

Secondary is a defect with the brain receiving the signal from your testes. Which is actually good, indicating your testes can produce healthy levels of sperm.

Primary is the opposite, indicting your brain is fine, but your testes are damaged and cannot produce healthy levels of sperm.

There are two other primary hormones: LH, FSH, that indicate whether you can conceive normally. Typically they are affected by primary hypogandism because sperm is created through your testes and not brain.

yahoo groups has a very good low hypogandism group you could also check for more advice. Just do a yahoo group search.

Hope this helps...
deleted_user
deleted_user

I was very pissed off too, but now I am just glad I know what it is, I got mine by a treatment they had me on and it really messed up my testosterone levels, I was at 164 the last time they checked. Am on androgel now, I can tell a big difference cause I ran out before I can get it last week and the whole week I was very weak and cranky and in pain all over. I am still learning about all this and not sure if the treatment will help my body give off it's own after awhile or not.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I was diagnosed with this in December too.
I started injections in April and have started feeling a little better but not 100%. I am angry/frustrated/confused too! I am going thru a depression right now and found this site today.
Michael2813
Michael2813

i was diagnosed with low test 3 months ago. I am 53 and talked to my doctor and i am now using injectable testosterone cypionate.

He indicated that this approach is more controllable than the gels, creams, etc. I have felt better immediately and my testosterone went from 200 to 700.

I inject myself once per week and have no side effects other than sticking yourself with a needle every week.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I was on the patch for the first year and a half and hated it. Sticky residue eventually that I could not get off. I do much better on the androgel.

I never had confusion, but my temper is gone and my energy level is higher.

Those damn patches frustrated me, though.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I started on the patches three weeks ago but had to stop a couple of days ago because I started getting red, blistering, itchy rashes. Doc has me waiting until the rashes heal before I start anything different. Been using Benadryl Cream to get rid of them.

Never felt angry or confused but I noticed one day I was rather moody and didn't want to socialize with anyone. It didn't happen every day though.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hopefully you won't get that with androgel. I did not get that, but I could not get rid of the sticker residue after I removed the patches.
deleted_user
deleted_user

The doc seemed to think I was allergic to the patch itself rather than the medicine. At first he said we could switch to pills or shots. I had to ask about Androgel, which he said "Oh yeah, there's that too." Don't know what he is going to decide. He is not an endo so I am also wondering if I should move on to one. Trying to wait until my new insurance kicks in on 10/1 so the endo visit will be $20 less than with my current insurance.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I guess there is a new one that applies to your underarm too. I hated the patches, but they worked -- but at least I was not allergic to them. Androgel is really easy to live with. Mine is just in internal med doc, not an endo.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Axiron. I may mention that one to him too. He is an internal medicine doc too. The patch was working for me too except for the rashes. Haven't thought that clearly in a long time. Started to lose weight. Oh well. How does the Androgel work? The patches I had to put on at night, hope they didn't fall off while I was sleeping, or when I took my shower the next morning. Can you put the gel on anytime - like after I take my shower in the morning?
deleted_user
deleted_user

yes, after you shower in the morning is a good time. its 5-7 pumps and there are two spots you spread the gel. The con with the gel is you have to be careful about spreading it to kids or your wife. Its odorless and pretty east to go on.
deleted_user
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Diagnosed with t level of 13 I'm only 33 yr old did prolactin blood test turns out I have a brain tumor called prolactinoma. Very horrible thing but the sooner you catch it the better the chances r you will be OK it may cause you to go blind low t is a syptom so if you really want to besafe I suggest you get have simple blood test of prolactin to rule out tumor!!! Please just rule it out!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thanks for that information Smashly. Sending thoughts and prayers your way!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I know these are symptoms of low testosterone. To improve testosterone level organically.

1. Maintain Ideal Body Weight
2. Beauty Sleep, sleep enough
3. Do exercise and stay Active
4. Stay away from pressure
5. Assessment your treatment
deleted_user
deleted_user

I did six months of chemo back in 2012, and am still not back to normal physically or mentally even today. I love to run, but can't get past the three mile mark.

Diagnosed with low T three weeks ago. Aha! That explained a lot. Started weekly 100mg injections; I'm doing the third one today.

Feel a little better in some ways, but I'm even more tired when running now...hoping that's temporary...