Do you experience any of these? -> Hypogonadism in Autism

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Does the criteria for low testosterone production in the gonad's fit you?
Poll ended at 26 Jun 2014, 1:39 pm
1-5 Options fit me 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
5-10 Options fit me 33%  33%  [ 7 ]
10-20 options fit me 38%  38%  [ 8 ]
20-27 options fit me 19%  19%  [ 4 ]
Total votes : 21

Samarda
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01 Oct 2011, 1:39 pm

This poll is for males only :
If so this will prove that autistic's have an optimal lower testosterone level in males , not higher pre-natal testosterone as Simon Baron-Cohen claims the founder of the extreme male brain theory.
It will explain why males score lower on visual-spatial ability and visual-motor tasks on performance IQ sections.

Effects of low testosterone in men may include: (not all are present in any single individual)

Poor libido (Low sexual desire)
Fatigue (medical) always tired
Muscle loss/atrophy
Erectile Dysfunction
Increasing abdominal fat
Glucose intolerance (early diabetes)
High Cholesterol/Lipid
Poor sleep
Difficulty concentrating
Memory Loss-difficulty in choosing words in language
Shyness
Depression
Anxiety
Psychological and relationship problems
Gynecomastia
Hot flashes
Decrease in growth of, or loss of, beard and body hair
Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis) [3]
Irritability
Infertility
Shrinking of the testicles
Decrease in firmness of testicles
Frequent urination (polyuria) without infection; waking at night to urinate
Achy muscles
Liquid stools
Night sweats
Dry skin and/or cracking nails



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01 Oct 2011, 5:09 pm

I counted 20 but have always been under the impression I had an average to high testosterone level.



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06 Oct 2011, 9:38 pm

I have about 8 of em but I think that's related to psychological/mental/mind issues NOT testosterone. I was an antiandrogen/chemical-castration med(they reduce testosterone) for a while to lower my sex-drive & I didn't notice any increase in those symptoms except for Poor Libido, Erectile Dysfunction, possible Gynecomastia, & possible Decrease in body hair; & I was less irritable & felt better emotionally/mentally than I did before I started it so I don't think testosterone is related to autism


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06 Oct 2011, 10:10 pm

I think Baron-Cohen's idea is about pre-natal hormone levels. That is, that there are windows of time during gestation where a fetus is (naturally) exposed to hormone bursts, which causes rewiring of the fetal brain. But once that window of time is gone hormone levels have no further affect on that wiring.

Not diagnosed, but FWIW in my 20's I had an endocrine work up done, and my testosterone level was 1043 on a scale of 300-1100 (can't remember the units). Nonetheless, I was still introverted, irritable, and depressed. Personally, I think the standard model about testosterone increasing confidence and reducing depression is nonsense.



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12 Jun 2013, 6:43 am

Maybe high fetal testosterone predisposes the child to lower levels of production after birth - a sort of mal-calibration leading to abnormal production thereafter?

I am far better in mood and apparent (i.e. I am told by others) confidence after hard-exercise!

Any stats available for hypogonadism in autistic males anyone?

Why is this comment box telling me I have misspelt fetal?



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14 Jun 2013, 10:45 am

8 of these fit me:
Fatigue (medical) always tired
Poor sleep
Difficulty concentrating
Memory Loss-difficulty in choosing words in language
Shyness
Depression
Anxiety
Irritability
and I guess relationship problems, but that kind of goes for everyone

but some are the exact opposite:
Poor libido (Low sexual desire)
- I am almost always in the mood
Increasing abdominal fat
- I have difficulty keeping weight on. I am now on a 5500 calories a day diet
High Cholesterol/Lipid
- I have severe problems with low blood pressure and low cholesterol
Decrease in growth of, or loss of, beard and body hair
- I wish this was the case! I am tired of having to get a haircut every 10 days or so, and I have simply given up on shaving altogether
Dry skin and/or cracking nails
- I have cracking nails, but my skin is so oily and greasy that it soaks through my undershirt most days (and I'm not talking about sweat).


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