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					Produced in the ovaries of the women and the Testes of the men, a steroid
hormone known as Testosterone performs certain important bodily functions
such as voice deepening, growth of pubic and facial hair and the determini
ng of primary and secondary sexual characteristics among both male and fem
ale. Although the problem of a low testosterone has begun to emerge very r
ecently, but scientists and the doctor agree that it has been there since
the end of the Second World War.

The production and the secretion of the hormone is dependent upon the pitu
itary glands being located in the hypothalamus or the lower part of the br
ain. The brain releases some amount of LH and FSH which stimulates the pro
duction of the testosterones. In medical terminology, the bodily condition
 of low testosterone is called as Hypogonadism. When the low testosterone
is caused by the pituitary glands it is called as the secondary Hypogonadi
sm and when it is caused by the hypothalamus it is called as the tertiary
Hypogonadism.

Generally the low T is caused by various factors such as an injury to the t
estes sac, un-descended testicles, cancer therapy, aging, chromosomal abnor
malities and certain ovary conditions in the women. Apart from the aforemen
tioned causes there can be other causes as well such as: brain tumors, tube
rculosis, STDs, Anabolic Steroids and obesity.

Among the males the symptoms of low T are the poor development of primary s
ex organs and the sac, lack of sexual maturation, decreased sexual function
, lack of bodily hair and osteoporosis. Although the low testosterone is ge
nerally referred to as an all-male problem but contrary to the popular perc
eption the women also tend to suffer with this condition. The symptoms of l
ow testosterone in the women include hot flashes, decreased sexual desires,
 sleep disturbances, loss of muscle mass, osteoporosis and decrease in the
bodily hair.

So far as the treatment of low testosterone among the men is concerned it ca
n be generally addressed with the help of intramuscular injections, testoste
rone patches and the testosterone gels. A putty can also be applied on the g
ums which helps the men to easily dissolve the testosterone in their blood l
evels.

As far as the low testosterone in the women is concerned, the physicians r
ecommend the women to cut the testosterone patches meant for men into shor
ter ones, and apply them onto the skin subsequently. Similarly the gels ca
n also be applied albeit in small proportions as compared to women to addr
ess this issue of low testosterone among the women.

				
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