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A Letter to Hypogonadism Sufferers

Updated on September 23, 2011

Dear Hypogonadism sufferer,

The truth is that hypogonadism is not the disease, it is only a symptom of a much larger problem. If your doctor has prescribed you some form of testosterone replacement and given you a box of erectile dysfunction pills, you will feel better. Unfortunately, the disease rages on.

Your real problem is andropause, the male equivalent to menopause. Unlike menopause, however, your condition is 100% reversible. There is no biological reason that a man cannot enjoy a healthy sex life far into his nineties or more.

If your doctor diagnosed hypogonadism or low testosterone without calling for a test for LH, FSH, estridiol 17, testosterone, and cortisol, then the entire picture of what is going on in your body could not be established. The truth of the matter is that you could be producing sufficient testosterone, but due to the action of an enzyme called aromatase, it could be being converted into estrogens like estridiol 17.

Other conditions such as low LH can actually be responsible for low testosterone production even though the testicles are perfectly capable of producing testosterone. Luetinizing hormone (LH) is the hormone responsible for ordering the testicles to cook up a batch of testosterone. If they never get the signal, testosterone is never produced.

Andropause is not only about whether or not you can maintain an erection, it is about deteriorating muscle tissue (a serious problem when we consider that the heart is a muscle). Testosterone is needed for building and maintaining muscle mass, without it your muscle tone begins to decline no matter how much you exercise.

Lack of energy, loss of libido and all of the other symptoms that you are experiencing could also be the work of an overproduction of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). This liver secretion floats freely in the blood and binds any testosterone which it encounters, rendering it useless. Your testicles could be producing sufficient testosterone, but it simply gets neutralized before your body can use it.

So, before you accept the fact that your testicles have simply stopped working, research the matter. Push your doctor to look deeper; remember, he works for you. If your doctor is unwilling to look into the matter, find a doctor who will. There are plenty of legitimate reasons for a doctor to take a closer look at your problem and no legitimate reason for him not to.

Medicine is an art that relies on science. In most forms of art, a view of the subject from a single angle is sufficient. In medicine, however, the more angles from which you study a problem, the better the end result.

A man’s erection is a gauge to his overall health. Failure of an erection can also be a signal of problems with blood flow, liver function, emotional distress, and a host of other illnesses. Talk openly with your doctor, do not be ashamed or embarrassed about your predicament. Your overall health and not simply your sex life can be affected.

This letter comes to you from personal experience and not from some theoretical paper written by some unknowning hack. I too was diagnosed with hypogonadism and was given a prescription for testosterone and ED pills and sent on my way. Today, I am fully recovered and do not need the pills and live a healthy, productive life, both in and out of the bedroom. Andropause is 100 percent reversible and I can only encourage you to move forward and not give up.

Good luck and be happy,



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