Hypogastric nerve

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Hypogastric nerve
Abdominal portion of the sympathetic trunk, with the celiac and hypogastric plexuses. (Hypogastric nerve visible but not labeled.)
Latin nervus hypogastricus
TA A14.3.03.047
FMA 77596
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The hypogastric nerve is the nerve that transitions between the superior hypogastric plexus and the inferior hypogastric plexus. The hypogastric nerve enters the sympathetic chain at T10-L2.


The hypogastric nerve begins where the superior hypogastric plexus splits into a right and left plexus. Each of these divisions is considered a hypogastric nerve. The hypogastric nerve continues inferiorly on its corresponding side of the body, where it descends into the pelvis to form the inferior hypogastric plexus. Contents of the right and left hypogastric nerves include pre- and post-ganglionic sympathetic fibers from vertebral levels of T10-L2.

The hypogastric nerve is responsible for emission (prior to ejaculation, which is instead the pudendal nerve); emission is sympathetic nervous system-mediated.[1]

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  1. ^ Le, Bhushhan, Hoffman. First Aid for the USMLE Step1. p.531. 2012.

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