High prolactin level (hyperprolactinemia) is one of the causes of infertility in women and men.
And Prescription drugs such as bromocriptine (parlodel, bromergon) and cabergoline (dostinex) which are meant to resolve this problem are quite expensive, often come with various side effects and may sometimes not provide the expected solution
Well, it turns out that there are affordable and effective natural ways to reduce high prolactin levels without causing any nasty side effects
This article broadly consider the symptoms, causes, and the natural alternatives for high prolactin treatment so that you can get pregnant.
What is Prolactin?
Prolactin is one of the hormones that is produced in the front portion of the pituitary gland (anterior pituitary gland) which lies at the bottom of the brain. This hormone is produced both in women and men.
Apart from the anterior pituitary, other sites of prolactin production in the body include the uterus, immune cells, brain, breasts, prostate, skin and adipose tissue.
Prolactin has many different roles throughout the body.
Perhaps the most important function in women, is to encourage or enhance breast development and milk production especially during pregnancy and after delivery.
While in men, prolactin does not have any normal function.
High Prolactin Symptoms:
The following are symptoms that may suggest you have high prolactin levels. It is important you do a prolactin test if you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms.
High Prolactin Symptoms in women:
Irregular or Lack of Menstruation
Anovulation (lack of ovulation)
Decreased libido (low sex drive)
Galactorrhea: Milk discharge from the breast without breastfeeding
Hirsutism: A condition of unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women
Osteopenia: A condition in which bone mineral density is lower than normal
High Prolactin Symptoms in Men:
Galactorrhea (breast milk discharge)
Reduced muscle mass
Furthermore, In cases of prolactinoma (pituituary tumor), additional symptoms may include:
Prolactin can be measured with a simple blood test drawn.
In order to get accurate results, prolactin should be drawn first thing in the morning.
The woman should have had nothing to eat from the night before and should avoid any stimulation of the breast or nipples from the day before also.
Prolactin should also be drawn early in the menstrual cycle before ovulation. This is because prolactin levels are naturally higher after ovulation.
Normal Prolactin Levels Reference Range
The normal prolactin level range in both Men and women are as follows:
Men: 2 – 18 ng/mL
Non-Pregnant Women or Non Breastfeeding Women: 2 – 29 ng/mL
Pregnant Women: 10 – 209 ng/mL
Note: ng/mL means nanograms per milliliter
Normal prolactin levels ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Some lab use different measurements or may test different specimens. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.