Gonadotropin (FSH, LH) deficiency

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Gonadotropin deficiency can affect pubertal development in children. Learn more about gonadotropin deficiency, how it is diagnosed and treated.

Key points

  • Hypopituitarism is a condition where the pituitary gland does not produce one or more pituitary hormones, or it does not produce enough hormones.
  • Follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone are gonadotropins which begin the process of pubertal development.
  • If a child has gonadotropin deficiency, they will fail to enter puberty or pubertal development may stall in adolescence.
  • Gonadotropin deficiency can be treated with estrogen therapy in girls and testosterone therapy in boys.
  • Children with gonadotropin deficiency may experience issues with fertility later in life.
Last updated: November 28th 2022