The relationship between the endocrine system and the reproductive system is essential. Reproductive endocrinology seeks to help couples who are experiencing infertility.
The endocrine system is made up of glands that are located all over the body. These glands are responsible for creating and releasing hormones. Hormones are the chemical in the body that act as messengers by allowing the organs and cells to communicate and coordinate with one another. Problems with the endocrine system affect the body, including the reproductive system.
The essential link between the endocrine and the reproductive system is diagnosed through reproductive endocrinology. Reproductive endocrinology is an area in medicine focused on infertility, hormones, and other issues in the reproductive hormones. The practitioners of this field are called reproductive endocrinologists.
One of the common issues why couples see reproductive endocrinologists is because of infertility. It is beneficial to understand the importance of the endocrine system and to know how you will balance it naturally.
The Link Between Endocrine System and Reproductive System
The endocrine system plays a major part in the functions of the reproductive system.
The endocrine system and the reproductive system work together to make pregnancy possible. Infertility is sometimes caused by the poor functions of the endocrine system because of various issues.
The endocrinal glands, known as gonads, are in charge of secreting sex hormones for the primary and secondary sexual development of a person. Men’s gonads, known as testes, release androgen with testosterone to ensure sperm development. It also helps in deepening the voice and developing facial and pubic hair.
On the other hand, women’s gonads are the ovaries. They are tasked to release estrogen and progesterone. These hormones play important roles in pregnancy. They also alter the body fat distribution and develop the breasts.
Aside from that, the pituitary gland, located beneath the base of the brain, regulates the sex hormones through the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and the luteinizing hormone (LH). FSH helps in the maturation of the follicles in the ovaries while LH matures the seminiferous tubules in men.
Endocrine-disruptors and Infertility
Plastic wraps may contain phthalates, a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system.
One of the factors linked to the disruption of the endocrine system is the endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The Endocrine Society shared that EDCs lead to adverse effects on humans’ reproductive processes.
EDCs blocked the connections between the hormones and the receptors by mimicking hormonal activity. Years of studies proved that these harmful chemicals induced changes to germ cells, compromised embryo implantation for women, and declined the sperm counts of men.
Early exposures to EDCs may also lengthen menstrual cycles and accelerate menopause. These substances are also linked to undescended testicles and urethra defects in men. They also resulted in endometriosis, fibroids, and ovarian cysts for women.
Here are some of the common EDCs that can be found inside homes, workplaces, and the environment. These chemicals must be prevented as much as possible:
Natural Ways to Heal the Endocrine System and Balance the Hormones
Drinking a lot of water helps in detoxifying the body from the harmful effects of heavy metals
There are natural ways to balance the endocrine system that will also help in improving the gonads and the hormones. By following these techniques, you are helping your body to achieve a healthy endocrine that will lead to a boost in fertility.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM