Addressing the Effects of Hypothalamic Dysfunction on Fertility

Hypothalamic dysfunction is a condition in which the hypothalamus fails to work properly. The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that aids in regulating the nervous system and pituitary gland. It also generates hormones that control hunger, mood, and body temperature. When the hypothalamus does not communicate properly with the pituitary gland, both male and female infertility can be affected. Our skilled medical professionals in San Antonio, TX, can test for hypothalamic dysfunction in order to pinpoint the underlying cause of infertility and determine the best treatment plan for you.

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Hypothalamic dysfunction can cause both male and female infertility.

About the Hypothalamus

The hypothalamus helps to regulate:

  • Milk production 
  • Emotions
  • Child birth
  • Weight
  • Appetite
  • Water and salt balance
  • Sleep

It also helps to regulate the pituitary gland, which controls the ovaries and testes. 

Treatment for hypothalamic dysfunction is based on the specific cause of the condition.

The Symptoms of Hypothalamic Dysfunction

When working improperly, the hypothalamus may produce an array of symptoms. Some of the most common signs of hypothalamic dysfunction include:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue 
  • Impotence
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Sensitivity to cold

Hypothalamic dysfunction can also cause a woman to stop ovulating or cause a man to stop producing sperm.

Causes of Hypothalamic Dysfunction

There are many causes of hypothalamic dysfunction, including:

  • Excessive iron
  • Malnutrition
  • Genetic disorders
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Abnormal growth or tumors
  • Head trauma
  • Bacterial, fungal, or viral infections
  • Bleeding
  • Radiation

At the Fertility Center of San Antonio, we can address your fertility issues relating to hypothalamic dysfunction in a caring and compassionate environment. We understand that each couple and case varies. A comprehensive assessment of your issues will be performed. In addition, we will evaluate your medical history in order to formulate an effective treatment plan.

Treatment Options for Hypothalamic Dysfunction

Treatment for hypothalamic dysfunction is based on the specific cause of the condition. For example, if the dysfunction is caused by a tumor, radiation or surgery may be required. If the condition is due to a hormone deficiency, hormone therapy may be recommended. We can also use medications to induce ovulation or increase sperm production. At Fertility Center of San Antonio, we can find the cause of hypothalamic dysfunction and create the most effective treatment plan for you. We provide a systematic approach to helping with your condition, utilizing state-of-the-art procedures and techniques.

We work with Prosper Healthcare Lending and Lending Club Patient Solutions to help patients budget for treatment.

Contact Fertility Center of San Antonio Today

Dr. Joseph E. Martin founded the practice over 30 years ago to provide outstanding care to hopeful parents. We understand that infertility can be immensely challenging for those who wish to grow their families, and we are dedicated to helping our patients overcome these issues using safe, effective treatments. If you are experiencing fertility issues, we can determine if hypothalamic dysfunction or another condition is the cause. Make an appointment with us online or call (210) 692-0577 to book your consultation.

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