The pituitary is a small gland located at the base of the brain. It is referred to as the “master gland” because it controls many hormones. The pituitary produces hormones that are needed for normal body functions.

When you do not have two or more of the pituitary hormones, it is known as hypopituitarism (hahy-poh-pi-too-i-tuh-riz-uh m). The lack of all pituitary hormones is known as panhypopituitarism.

The hormones produced by the pituitary gland include:

  • Growth hormone (GH)
  • Adrenocorticotropic or stress hormone (ACTH)
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • Gonadotropins or puberty hormones (LH/FSH)
  • Antidiuretic or water hormone (ADH)
  • Oxytocin
  • Prolactin