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Doctor insights on: Prolactin Levels In Breastfeeding Women

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What could cause abnormally low prolactin levels? I am 32 and have been breastfeeding for 3 yrs but prolactin is below normal.growth hormone is lowish

What could cause abnormally low prolactin levels? I am 32 and have been breastfeeding for 3 yrs but prolactin is below normal.growth hormone is lowish

Prolactin levels: A low prolactin level may be caused by excessive bleeding at the time of delivery which affected or damaged your anterior pituitary gland. This phenomenon is known as Sheehan's syndrome. Your thyroid may also be affected.See your gynecologist or a gynecological endocrinologist for help ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Can the prolactin hormone be artificially produced for men who want to breastfeed?

Can the prolactin hormone be artificially produced for men who want to breastfeed?

Takes more: It takes more than prolactin to generate any significant milk production from a normal male. There would need to be adequate breast tissue "primed" with estrogen and progesterone, and then interaction of oxytocin and prolactin. ...Read more

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What causes high prolactin levels on a non- pregnant female?

What causes high prolactin levels on a non- pregnant female?

Pituitary: The most common cause would be a microadenoma of the pituitary gland. It can usually be treated medically and can have a significant impact on ovulation and the abillity to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Can prolactin levels affect trying to conceive in females ?

Can prolactin levels affect trying to conceive in females ?

Yes if high: If prolactin is high, it will suppress the pituitary hormones responsible for ovulation and menstruation. ...Read more

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What are high levels of prolactin in women?

What are high levels of prolactin in women?

Depends on..: Normal level for nonpregnant, nonlactating (not breast feeding) is 2-29. For pregnant level varies greatly depending on first, second, or late trimester: 10-209. For male 2-18. So, levels beyond these ranges are considered high. If u have concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do high prolactin levels increase facial hair in women ?

Do high prolactin levels increase facial hair in women ?

No: Unless the elevated prolactin is associated with other imbalances in testosterone and estrogen. Discuss the increased hair with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What the normal level prolactin in a female not pregnant ?

Prolactin: It varies by laboratory and depends on what units you measure in, but between 25-30 mcg/L would typically be around upper limit of normal. Good wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Prolactin (Definition)

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 ...Read more