Sheehan Syndrome

Sheehan's syndrome is a complication of pregnancy in which the pituitary gland decreases in function, often caused by blood loss and extremely low blood pressure during or after childbirth which can deprive the body of oxygen.

Good medical care during childbirth can prevent severe bleeding and low blood pressure. Once severe bleeding happens, Sheehan syndrome isn't preventable.
  • Symptoms
  • Unsuccessful breastfeeding

    • In the first 6 weeks after giving birth

    • In the first 3 months after giving birth


    Absence of period

    • Absence of period

    or Irregular periods




    Thinning or loss of hair anywhere

    • Pubic and armpit hair


    Sudden hot sensation

    or Excessively dry vagina

    Inability to conceive a child


    or Feeling moody

    Decreased sexual desire

    Recent unexplained weight gain

    Low blood pressure

    Lack of concentration

    Abnormally low blood sugar

    Difficulty passing stool

    Increased sensitivity to cold

    Decreased breast size

    High urine output

    or Excessive thirst

  • Risk factors
  • Postpartum

    • Bleeding

  • Treatment
  • Sheehan's syndrome is typically treated with lifelong hormone replacement therapy for the hormones that are missing. Your doctor might recommend one or more of the following medications: 1-Corticosteroids. 2-Levothyroxine. 3-Estrogen. 4-Growth hormone.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Sheehan Syndrome, then a visit to an obstetrician-gynecologist is highly recommended.

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