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Prolactin Test

Prolactin Test Overview

Prolactin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, is essential for milk production following childbirth. The prolactin test is used to determine the level of prolactin present in your bloodstream. Physicians request this test to examine different conditions as abnormal levels of prolactin, whether too high or too low, can interfere with various body processes. These roles involve controlling menstrual cycles, fertility in both genders, and sexual function in males. The examination can pinpoint possible reasons for irregular periods, inability to conceive, erectile dysfunction, and white discharge from the breast (galactorrhea) not associated with nursing. Furthermore, high levels of prolactin may suggest the existence of a pituitary gland tumor.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Prolactin serum test is conducted to assess prolactin levels in the bloodstream. It helps diagnose conditions such as hyperprolactinemia, pituitary tumors, menstrual irregularities, infertility, and breastfeeding-related issues, guiding treatment decisions and monitoring disease progression.

During a Prolactin serum test, a blood sample is drawn from a vein in your arm. You may feel a slight pinch during the blood draw. No special preparation is typically required.

If Prolactin serum results are present, they indicate the concentration of prolactin in the bloodstream, aiding in diagnosing conditions like hyperprolactinemia or pituitary tumors. If absent, it suggests insufficient data, requiring further investigation or testing for accurate evaluation.

The normal range of prolactin levels can vary depending on the laboratory and the specific assay used for testing. However, in general, the reference range for prolactin levels in non-pregnant adults is typically between 2 to 18 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) for women and 2 to 15 ng/mL for men. It's important to note that these ranges may vary slightly between different laboratories, so it's best to interpret results in consultation with a healthcare provider familiar with the specific reference ranges used by the testing facility.

A high prolactin level, known as hyperprolactinemia, can indicate conditions such as pituitary tumors, medication side effects, hypothyroidism, pregnancy or breastfeeding, stress, exercise, kidney disease, or other underlying medical conditions, necessitating further evaluation for diagnosis and treatment.

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