Definition of Prolactin:

An anterior pituitary peptide hormone that initiates and maintains lactation.

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Breast Cancer

...our question about Source of nipple discharge
“If the discharge is milky, and coming from both breasts, it may simply be an imbalance of prolactin hormone, which can easily be tested for through a blood test.”

Enlarged Prostate

...recommendation Zinc
“...It also decreases prolactin secretion by the pituitary gland, thus decreasing its binding to the prostate, both of which prevent prostatic enlargement.”
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Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...High blood levels of the pituitary gland hormone prolactin caused by pituitary gland disease can cause impotence...”
...recommendation Test for Hormones
“...panel of tests should be considered such as DHEA, testosterone (total and free), DHT, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), estradiol, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), prolactin (best taken at 9am to avoid diurnal variations), progesterone and a PSA test for prostate cancer...”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...Some of the tests for males include: Physical examination – checking the scrotum for lumps or abnormalities; Blood tests to measure testosterone, iron, prolactin and cortisol levels; Semen analysis; Testicular biopsy; Genetic studies; MRI, CT scan, or ultrasound scan – to get an image of the testicles, thyroid or pituitary gland; There are several...”


...the condition
“...Since pituitary tumors (usually benign) are the most common cause of this condition, other areas controlled by the pituitary are often affected, such as Prolactin and thyroid hormones...”


...the condition
Prolactin is one of many hormones produced by the pituitary gland...”


...the condition
“...Below is a list of the hormones secreted by the pituitary and their functions ... prolactin (stimulates female breast development and milk production)...”

Male Breast Cancer

...the condition
“...Brain tumors and conditions associated with excess production of prolactin have also been implicated in some cases of male breast cancer...”
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Menorrhagia (Heavy Periods)

...the condition
“...Possible causes include those associated with hormone changes such as too much estrogen or prolactin, too little or poorly timed luteinizing hormone, and polycystic ovarian disease...”

Pituitary Tumor

...the condition
“...Some prolactin-secreting tumors can be treated with a drug called bromocriptine, which reduces the production of prolactin.  If the whole pituitary gland is removed, drugs will have to be taken to replace the hormones that are normally produced (hormone replacement)...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...recommendation Vitex / Chasteberry
“Vitex increases luteinizing hormone production while inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone, leading to an indirect increase in progesterone and a normalization of prolactin levels.  If taken regularly for several months, it helps to restore hormonal balance and alleviate PMS symptoms.”


...the condition
“...Prolactin excess Prolactin is a hormone also known as luteotropic hormone...”

Test for Hormones a treatment
“Hormone testing for sex hormones such as estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, LH, FSH, prolactin and binding globulins (SHBG) is an important step in determining hormone abnormalities that may be causing or contributing to symptoms...”

Testosterone Levels, Test a treatment
“...If testosterone is low, a full hormonal evaluation consisting of LH (luteinizing hormone), prolactin, FSH and TSH may be recommended...”

Vitex / Chasteberry a treatment
“...Another pituitary hormone, prolactin, may also be elevated during this time, resulting in breast tenderness and pain, a classic symptom of PMS...”
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