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Autoimmune Pituitary Damage?

follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) - regulates fertility in men through sperm production and in women through ovulation

.Pituitary gland: Master gland under the brain producing various hormones


Pituitary gland: a small organ--about the size of a dime and located in the center of the brain--which makes hormones that affect growth and the functions of other glands in the body. 1


Introduction: The pituitary is a small gland inside the head, behind the bridge of the nose. Though small, it produces many important hormones that regulate basic body functions. The major pituitary hormones and their effects are:

  • prolactin--controls formation of breast milk, influences fertility, and influences bone strength;

 

  • growth hormone--regulates body growth, especially during adolescence;

     

  • adrenocorticotropin (ACTH)--stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol;

     

  • thyrotropin (TSH)--stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones;

     

  • luteinizing hormone (LH)--stimulates the ovaries or testes to produce sex hormones that determine many features of "maleness" or "femaleness"; and

 

  • follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)--regulates fertility in men through sperm production and in women through ovulation.
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The pituitary gland, sometimes called the master gland, plays a critical role in regulating growth and development, metabolism, and reproduction. It produces prolactin and a variety of other key hormones. These include growth hormone, which regulates growth; ACTH (corticotropin), which stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol; thyrotropin, which signals the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone; and luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone, which regulate ovulation and estrogen and progesterone production in women, and sperm formation and testosterone production in men.

The pituitary gland sits in the middle of the head in a bony box called the sella turcica. The eye nerves sit directly above the pituitary gland. Enlargement of the gland can cause local symptoms such as headaches or visual disturbances. Pituitary tumors may also impair production of one or more pituitary hormones, causing reduced pituitary function (hypopituitarism). 3

 

Just wondered whether men with CFS or CFIDS have had difficulty having children?  And those in certain jobs, both civilian and military?

I would suspect so; however, maybe no one is making the correlation.

follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)--regulates fertility in men through sperm production and in women through ovulation.  Not the greatest site, but they get info from govt sources
 
Maybe there are a lot of the endocrine ailments that go back to the pituitary gland ... even the headaches?
 
 
Anyway for those affected by the chemical I talk about, the info says it targets the testes.  And I did get a report from one man who was strongly exposed, that he was well checked out by endocrinologists and he had zero sperm ... with no reason for such that the doctor could identify
 
I think taking the acne medication, Accutane would be suspect for fertility harm for men, even in the future, because it contains a butylated inert ingredient

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