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A 22-year-old male asked:

how hypothyroidism could lead to elevated level of prolactin, ? a big thank

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Complicated: Severe hypothyroidism can cause excessive trh to be released from the hypothalamus. Trh causes release of TSH but also prolactin release thereby raising your prolactin level. Treatment is to take care of the hypothyroidism.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
TRH: Hypothyroidism leads to a higher level of trh stimulation in the hypothalamus to stimulate more TSH to stimulate more thyroid hormone. Trh also stimulates prolactin production. It will resolve if your thyroid level is normalized.

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Does hypothyroidism affect fertility?

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What TSH level is considered to be a sign of hypothyroidism?

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It's controversial: There is broad consensus that a TSH between 0.3-2.5 is normal (assuming no pituitary problem exists), and broad consensus that TSH levels above 10 are abnormal and should be treated. A middle-of-the-road approach might be to say that levels between 5-10 are abnormal, and treatment is likely to be beneficial, and that values between 2.5-5 may be abnormal, and that treatment may be beneficial.

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