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Alcohol's effects on male reproduction.
Alcohol Health Res World 1998; 22(3):195-201AH

Abstract

The male reproductive system consists of the hypothalamus, the anterior pituitary gland, and the testes. Alcohol can interfere with the function of each of these components, thereby causing impotence, infertility, and reduced male secondary sexual characteristics. In the testes, alcohol can adversely affect the Leydig cells, which produce and secrete the hormone testosterone. Studies found that heavy alcohol consumption results in reduced testosterone levels in the blood. Alcohol also impairs the function of the testicular Sertoli cells that play an important role in sperm maturation. In the pituitary gland, alcohol can decrease the production, release, and/or activity of two hormones with critical reproductive functions, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone. Finally, alcohol can interfere with hormone production in the hypothalamus.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Medicine, Division of Research on Drugs of Abuse, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15706796

Citation

Emanuele, M A., and N V. Emanuele. "Alcohol's Effects On Male Reproduction." Alcohol Health and Research World, vol. 22, no. 3, 1998, pp. 195-201.
Emanuele MA, Emanuele NV. Alcohol's effects on male reproduction. Alcohol Health Res World. 1998;22(3):195-201.
Emanuele, M. A., & Emanuele, N. V. (1998). Alcohol's effects on male reproduction. Alcohol Health and Research World, 22(3), pp. 195-201.
Emanuele MA, Emanuele NV. Alcohol's Effects On Male Reproduction. Alcohol Health Res World. 1998;22(3):195-201. PubMed PMID: 15706796.
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