Relationships, sex and fertility

Living with a pituitary condition does not have to be a problem when it comes to relationships.

Some might have to overcome particular barriers because of their condition as it could be harder to get to meet potential partners and difficult to know when (or if) to tell them about their condition. Confidence might be affected by your condition and you may prefer meeting those you already know rather than having to meet new people. You may also face practical issues about getting tired, lacking confidence and having to be near toilets, for example if you have DI.

If you are in a relationship and are honest about your condition, your boy or girl friend should accept your condition and understand. If someone can’t accept you as you are, they probably aren’t worth going out with anyway.

Having a pituitary condition does not in itself stop a young person from wanting, or having a sexual relationship. Hormones and the effects of your condition and hormone replacement (such as tiredness, body image concerns and lack of libido) may be another matter though; it’s very reasonable to discuss any concerns you may have with your endocrinologist or endocrine nurse about your sex hormones (testosterone and oestrogen).

Fertility may be an issue for some younger people, depending on their condition and hormone function, but until this is understood (with discussion through your endocrine team), safe contraception and protection is important, as for any young person.