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Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Prolactin (Overview)

The pituitary gland makes many hormones. After delivery of a baby, the pituitary gland pours out prolactin which causes the breasts to produce milk. It may be abnormally produced and cause enlarged or milk-producing breasts inappropriately.


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What are prolactin symptoms in men?

What are prolactin symptoms in men?

See answer: Low levels of prolactin are normal in men. High levels, however, can interfere with the male hormone testosterone. Lowered testosterone levels cause loss of sexual desire and low sperm counts. Impotence can occur as well as fatigue and loss of muscle mass and strength. Also, it can lead to decreased bone density and swelling of the mammary glands in men. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Freedman
729 doctors shared insights

Prolactin (Overview)

The pituitary gland makes many hormones. After delivery of a baby, the pituitary gland pours out prolactin which causes the breasts to produce milk. It may be abnormally produced and cause enlarged or milk-producing breasts inappropriately.


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How can men increase prolactin?

How can men increase prolactin?

Not wise: I'm not sure why you would want to increase prolactin. It is a hormone that in women supports breast feeding. In men it causes sexual dysfunction (impotence) and undesirable breast growth (gynecomastia). ...Read more

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In case of non functional pituitary adenoma, what's its effect on prolactin and gonadal secretion? I read 2 sources saying opposite information?

In case of non functional pituitary adenoma, what's its effect on prolactin and gonadal secretion? I read 2 sources saying opposite information?

Non-functional means: Its not producing extra of any of the pituitary hormones, but it can however decrease release of any of them by virtue of pressure of the tumor on the rest of the gland. ...Read more

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Is there any recent research about what purpose prolactin serves in men or whether low prolactin levels are harmful for them?

Is there any recent research about what purpose prolactin serves in men or whether low prolactin levels are harmful for them?

Little effect: Better understood is that hyperprolactinemia can cause erectile dysfunction and infertilty in men due suppressive effects on lh and fsh. There have been a few studies suggesting that hypoprolactinemia in men can also cause infertility in men. ...Read more

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What kind of test measures prolactin levels and or testosterone?

Family practice: It is simply measured from a blood sample. Your dr needs to order and interpret them for you. ...Read more

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I have prolactinoma and im pregnant.dr is telling me to take bromocriptine.is it safe?and if i dont take it, is high prolactin bad during pregnancy?

I have prolactinoma and im pregnant.dr is telling me to take bromocriptine.is it safe?and if i dont take it, is high prolactin bad during pregnancy?

Prolactinoma: And pregnancy: generally, data indicate that there is no risk for a fetus during first month. Continuing further may cause risk for a fetus. Treatment depends whether you have micro or macroadenoma and whether you have any symptoms. ...Read more

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Suffered fr anxiety attacks/gad for 7 yrs and now have low-t/high prolactin. Been given cabergoline can I safely go back on sertraline also?

Suffered fr anxiety attacks/gad for 7 yrs and now have low-t/high prolactin. Been given cabergoline can I safely go back on sertraline also?

Perhaps : Both medications affect serotonin. The combined use of agents that enhance serotonin activity should be undertaken with caution. Patients should be monitored for the development of serotonin syndrome during such therapy. In other words, you need to talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more