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Prolactin Test

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Product Description

Prolactin Test

A prolactin test measures the level of the hormone prolactin, which is made by thepituitary gland, in your blood. See a picture of the pituitary gland camera.

Pregnant women have high levels of prolactin, which helps make breast milk. During pregnancy, prolactin levels increase by 10 to 20 times. After the baby is born, prolactin stays high if you are breast-feeding. In women who do not breast-feed, prolactin levels return to normal soon after they give birth. After months of breast-feeding, prolactin levels may also return to normal levels even if you still breast-feed.

The pituitary glands of men and nonpregnant women also make prolactin but it is not clear what it does in the body for these people.

Prolactin levels are different throughout the day. The highest levels occur duringsleep and shortly after you wake up. Prolactin levels also get higher during times of physical or emotional stress.

Many medicines can cause prolactin levels to go up. Tumors of the pituitary gland can sometimes cause prolactin to be made. A damaged pituitary gland may not be able to make normal amounts of prolactin so levels will be lower.

Why It Is Done

 

A test for prolactin is done:

  • To find the cause of abnormal nipple discharge, or if a woman is not having periods (amenorrhea) or if a woman is having a hard time becoming pregnant (infertile).
  • In a man when a pituitary gland problem is suspected. Also, a prolactin test may be done to check levels if a man lacks sexual desire or if he has a hard time having an erection (erectile dysfunction). Prolactin levels may be checked when a man’s testosterone levels are really low.
  • To see whether a tumor in the pituitary gland (called a prolactinoma) is making large amounts of prolactin.

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