Top Five Hormonal Disorders That Make a Male Impotent

Hormonal imbalance is a major cause of male infertility. Article talks about the top five culprits.

As per statistics, twenty percent couples face infertility problems. Surprisingly, nearly one-third cases are contributed by male partners. Still, it is relatively less talked about issue because of two reasons. Firstly, infertility has been traditionally looked as the responsibility of a woman. Secondly, women tend to seek medical advice more frequently and are open to medical diagnostics than men.

Hypothalamus-pituitary endocrine system causes many hormonal secretions that cause effective dissemination of sperms. There can be several consequences if the hormonal sequence gets disturbed.  As a result, the brain doesn’t release GnRH (gonadotrophic-releasing hormone), the primary hormone that triggers production of sperm and synthesis of testosterone. Failure of the intermediate Luteinizing Hormone (LH) or Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) aggravates the problem. In some cases, males produce hormones that interrupt the reproductive system. The most common hormonal disorders are:

1.       Hyperprolactinemia (Elevated levels of Prolactin): This hormone causes milk secretion in nursing mothers. Surprisingly, it also exists in 10 to 40 percent cases of male infertility. It causes reduction in sperms, reduction of libido and impotency.

2.       Hypothyroidism: In some cases, thyroid levels are exceptionally low. Among the most common symptoms poor quality of semen, reduced libido and degraded function of testicles are the prominent ones.

3.       Adrenal Hyperplasia: This is the suppression of pituitary gland causing hype in adrenal androgen levels. Though this happens very rarely (hardly 1 percent of male infertility cases), treatment is quite tough.

4.       Hypogonadotropic Hypopituitarism: Due to low secretion of LH and FSH, sperm development gets arrested. Gradual destruction of sperm cells, deterioration of Leydig cells and seminiferous tubules are the malefic effects. When all sperm cells get destroyed, infertility becomes irrecoverable.

5.       Panhypopituitafism: It occurs when the pituitary gland stops functioning completely. It results in extremely low levels of growth hormones, thyroid-stimulating hormones, LH levels and FSH levels.

Male infertility is more challenging and complex in nature. Though the variations are less, complexity is very high. Infertility experts have to observe each aspect minutely and narrow down to the root-cause. A holistic approach works the best where a blend of medication, lifestyle changes, hormonal balancing, and psychological treatment as counseling help in resolving the issue fully. In cases where it is not possible to restore infertility, laboratory assisted methods can be used to achieve pregnancy.

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