The use of some medications can influence the results of this study. This can increase or decrease the amount of prolactin. Therefore, if in doubt, always contact us.
What is prolactin?Prolactin is a hormone with the primary purpose of stimulating milk production in the mammary glands. This hormone ensures that after birth the child before milk production is started and maintained. In men and non-pregnant women, the amount of this hormone in the blood is therefore normally low.
What do we determine during a prolactin blood test?This blood test measures the amount of prolactin in the blood. This test can be done if you suffer from complaints that are consistent with an increased production of prolactin. Think This may include milk discharge from the nipples, headaches, infertility or erection problems in men. A prolactin test can also determine whether there is a prolactinoma. This is a benign tumor in the pituitary gland.
When to choose a prolactin test?This prolactin blood test is recommended when:
- There are symptoms are a prolactinoma, such as headache, reduced vision, irregular cycle and / or milk discharge from the breasts
- There is infertility or an irregular cycle
- As a man, you suffer from reduced libido, nipple discharge, infertility and / or lower testosterone levels