Hypogonadism Clinical Research
Currently there are a large number of men and women in the United States living with a hormonal disorder known as hypogonadism. The symptoms associated with hypogonadism can be controlled through proper medical treatment, but this condition often requires lifelong treatment and symptoms can come back if treatment is stopped.
As a condition that affects a large portion of the population, clinical research on hypogonadism is essential in finding new, more effective methods of treatment. Here at Avail, we are conducting clinical trials to help give people with hypogonadism a better quality of life. Our research team is working to improve available medications for this condition by conducting hypogonadism clinical research in DeLand, Florida.
Are you interested in learning more about hypogonadism clinical research? You will find a form in the right hand corner of this page. Fill out the form and a member of our staff will then contact you to discuss upcoming research studies and your eligibility for enrollment or call us at (386) 785-2400 to speak with one of our experts about the hypogonadism clinical studies in DeLand.
How Do I Know if I Have Hypogonadism?
Hypogonadism, also referred to as gonad deficiency, is a hormonal disorder that occurs in males and females. This condition occurs when little to no sex hormones are being produced by the body’s sex glands. In men these sex glands, or gonads, are the testes and in women they are the ovaries.
Why is the regular production of sex hormones so important? These hormones include testosterone and estrogen, and play a pivotal role in the sexual development for men and women, such as pubic hair growth. Sex hormones are also responsible for the development of the testes in men and the breasts in women.
While males and females may experience different symptoms from hypogonadism, there are a few indications and signs to look out for.
Men with hypogonadism may experience some of the follow traits:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Muscle loss
- Low labido
- Breast enlargement
- Loss of body hair
- Reduced growth of penis and testicles
Symptoms associated with hypogonadism in women can include the following:
- Hot flashes
- Slow or absent breast growth
- Energy and mood changes
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Loss of body hair
- A decreased sex drive
Causes of Hypogonadism
Hypogonadism can manifest in two distinct forms. The first form, known as primary hypogonadism, arises from a problem with the gonads themselves being unable to produce normal levels of hormones despite receiving the appropriate messages from the brain.
Central hypogonadism is the second form and may also be referred to as secondary hypogonadism. This type of hypogonadism arises from an issue with the parts of the brain that control the gonads, called the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
Causes for hypogonadism vary for both types. Causes for primary hypogonadism encompass:
- Undescended testes
- Autoimmune diseases
- Developmental and genetic irregularities, most commonly Klinefelter Syndrome or Turner
- Kidney and liver diseases
If the problem is not improperly functioning gonads, but rather an issue with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in your brain, it may be caused by the following:
- Trauma to the hypothalamus or pituitary gland
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Long-term use of steroids
- Certain medicines, such as glucocorticoids and opiates
- Genetic Disorders
- Rapid and severe weight loss
- Pituitary disorders
- Inflammatory diseases
How is Hypogonadism Treated?
Treatments for hypogonadism may vary based upon the type of hypogonadism and the sex of the patient. In primary hypogonadism, hormone therapy is most commonly used to make up for the lack of sex hormones being produced by the gonads.
Testosterone is typically administered to men suffering from primary hypogonadism in the form of:
- Skin gels
- Skin patches
- Orally taken medication
- Specially formulated lozenges
- Solutions smeared onto the armpit
Women who have been diagnosed with primary hypogonadism are usually prescribed a form of estrogen therapy combined with progesterone to decrease the risk of endometrial cancer. These include:
- Skin Patches
- Orally taken medication
In cases of central hypogonadism, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland might be functioning improperly due to a brain tumor. When this problem arises treatments usually involve:
Hypogonadism Clinical Research Trials in DeLand, Florida
Would you like to volunteer for a hypogonadism clinical trial? Our research team is looking for real life superheroes like you!
We’re available to answer your questions and get you enrolled in one of our studies. Anyone who is unfamiliar with the clinical research process should spend some time in our participant resource section.
Qualified participants can receive compensation for their time and necessary travel. They’ll also receive the following free of charge:
- Physical examinations
- Laboratory services
- Study related medication
Our team is conducting clinical trials for a wide range of medical conditions here in DeLand. This means that we likely have an enrolling study that you can qualify for, even if you do not have hypogonadism. If you are interested in helping us advance modern medicine and save more lives, please give us a call today at (386) 785-2400.