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For women, testosterone is a matter of life and death
Diamond Research Foundation is a 501c(3) organization dedicated to sharing accurate information on two medical conditions that affects all adults, men and women, beginning about the age of 30 years.
The conditions are hypogonadism and its advanced form profound hypogonadism.
These illnesses, while identical in their symptoms, are referred to differently for women and men.
For men, generally, both illnesses are referred to as hypogonadism with no distinction for the advanced form. Often, for men, these two conditions are referred to as andropause.
For women, generally, hypogonadism is referred to as peri-menopause. The advanced form is generally referred to as menopause.
Hypogonadism begins as 1-2 gonadal hormones dip below normal levels, typically starting with testosterone, then following within a few years, progesterone.
Advanced (profound) hypogonadism begins as 3-4 gonadal hormones dip below normal levels, typically involving testosterone, progesterone, DHEA and estradiol. Once advanced these hormone levels can become profoundly low.
The symptoms of these illnesses are identical in women and men. Symptoms typically include a low sense well being, decreased ability to think (fuzzy thinking), fatigue, irritability, significantly decreased sexual function, shrunken (atrophied) genitalia, decreased nipple sensation, significant decrease in sexual arousal and to orgasm.
In men and women, advanced hypogonadism is the leading cause of:
Hypogonadism comes from two words, Hypo meaning 'low' and gonad meaning 'ovary or testicle'.
The gonads of women and men produce the identical hormones,
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