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Why would you check prolactin in a man?

Why would you check prolactin in a man?

Various reasons: Breast enlargement, lactating, evaluation of suspected tumor of the pituitary, visual field loss. ...Read more

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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


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I'm curious as to why would a woman get a blood/prolactin test?

I'm curious as to why would a woman get a blood/prolactin test?

Prolactin: An elevated prolactin could cause the menstrual periods to stop. It could also cause galactorrhea, or persistant milk secretion from the breasts. A pituitary tumor can make prolactin. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high cortisol level for a young woman?

What to do if I have high cortisol level for a young woman?

See endocrinologist: Hi. Hi cortisol may be Cushing's syndrome (notice I said MAY, not is). The appropriate tests must be done, which include 24-hour urine cortisol, midnight salivary cortisol (several values), maybe a dexamethasone suppression test. If Cushing's, can be pituitary disease, adrenal disease or paraneoplastic (associated with a cancer-rare overall). Get properly evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do I have to ask the doctor to check in a blood test for a low libido?

What do I have to ask the doctor to check in a blood test for a low libido?

They should know: You shouldn't have to ask for specific tests. A well trained practitioner should be able to order tests appropriate for your concern, history and physical findings. A great provider will also be aware of their own boundaries and refer you to a specialist if necessary. A general panel of overall function (CBC, CMP) and various hormones would commonly be evaluated first. ...Read more

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Are doctors always supposed to send you for a scan if you have a lump in your boob?

Are doctors always supposed to send you for a scan if you have a lump in your boob?

U/S: Should first start with an ultrasound for a breast mass, for an initial evaluation. If over 40, 0 or u/s so necessitates, mammogram would then be obtained. ...Read more

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What would happen if you gave a guy luteinizing hormone?

What would happen if you gave a guy luteinizing hormone?

Leydig cells: Luteining hormone is a peptide hormone in the pituitary of females and males. Its name (lh) comes from an action in females, which is 'luteinization' of ovarian granulosa. In males lh stimulates the leydig cells of the testes to make testosterone. Please notice that unless done under supervision and in appropriately screened men, this is not an approved use and may be dangerous. ...Read more

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I have a growth hormone deficiency, would this mess up a pregnancy test? would it affect my chances of getting pregnant? I want to learn more on this.

I have a growth hormone deficiency, would this mess up a pregnancy test? would it affect my chances of getting pregnant? I want to learn more on this.

Highly variable: Adult growth hormone deficiency is a highly variable disorder. Different adults will show different effects. Individuals will need to be assessed and testing will need to be done to assess fertility. ...Read more

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Why would someone who is pregnant need to see a blood doctor?

Why would someone who is pregnant need to see a blood doctor?

Health of mother: And baby: pregnant women need to be examined to check for anemia, toxemia, fetal health, vaccination, screening for fetal defects and more. Preferable a visit with the doctor should occur before deciding to get pregnant for preventive care. ...Read more

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How can you get a testostron level check for a female?

How can you get  a testostron level  check for a female?

Same as a guy: Ask your doctor for a blood test, same way it's checked in men. Of course, the normal reference range will be much lower. But be clear as to why you want to know. Are you worried about too much or too little testosterone? Talk to your family physician about your concerns so that s/he can best assist you in optimizing your health (as opposed to mechanically ordering a single test). ...Read more

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I would like to know would the thyroid hormone levels be high or low after delivery in a woman?

I would like to know would the thyroid hormone levels be high or low after delivery in a woman?

Either way: There is a very common condition called "post partum thyroiditis". It can cause fluctuations in your thyroid function leading to both high and low hormone levels. Sometimes it requires medication, but sometimes it levels out on its own. You may need to consult with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what would happen to a women who reduced her testosterone levels?

I was wondering what would happen to a women who reduced her testosterone levels?

Low already: Females have low levels to begin with, they would have less axillary and groin hair and less overall body hair. ...Read more

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What are they actually checking in a physical? I asked if I should be worried about cancer as a young teenager and a doc said get your regular checkup

What are they actually checking in a physical? I asked if I should be worried about cancer as a young teenager and a doc said get your regular checkup

Not under 16, I hope: Bright Futures guidelines for annual health maintenance in teens include: CRAFFT screen for tobacco,alcohol & drug use, HEADSS screen for lifestyle, e.g.depression, sexual activity, school. Physical exam with vision, hearing, BP, ht., wt. & BMI. Age 16-18: test for cervical dysplasia in girls, HIV, STI's. Education on safe sex, lifestyle, daily Folic Acid supplements for girls. Immunizations. ...Read more

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How would you know if your blood surge r is high .and how would you know if there is surger in urine. Cause I urine a lot.

How would you know if your blood surge
r is high .and how would you know if there is surger in urine. Cause I urine a lot.

Diagnosis of diabete: hello ~ in the Wild West the only way the doc could diagnose diabetes was to dip a finger in the specimen and taste it. I am sure that was a disincentive to undertake this noble profession. I do not expect that of you either so if you think might have diabetes, go and see a doc who can dipstix your urine or have a lab test it. Symptoms are polydipsia, polyuria,thanks ...Read more

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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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Why would someone get a treadmill exercise test while another would get a pharmlogic stress test?

Why would someone get a treadmill exercise test while another would get a pharmlogic stress test?

Health reasons: It depends. Often times people who can not exercise due to age, injury, disease, doctors will order a pharmcologic stress test. It can also be a functional view they want to see as well. ...Read more

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Would it be weird to ask the doctor for a toxoplasmosis test?

Would it be weird to ask the doctor for a toxoplasmosis test?

No: It's not weird to ask for toxo testing if there is a good reason to get it. If you're pregnant and have a cat or work with cats, it's reasonable. If you're not pregnant, toxoplasmosis is a benign parasite that won't really make you sick. You can only get it from dealing with cat poop. If you're pregnant and concerned, having someone else change the litter or using gloves should be sufficient. ...Read more

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Why would you check prolactin in a man?

Various reasons: Breast enlargement, lactating, evaluation of suspected tumor of the pituitary, visual field loss. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm a 22 year of man and had a check-up last week. my prolactin level is really higher than the usual. what is the function of the prolactin in man?

PRL in men: Hi. Prolactin (PRL) elevation in men turns off the pituitary drivers of testicular function; get lower testosterone and sperm production. Why did your doc check your PRL? Something you told him/her prompted that, or maybe a low testosterone level (which he/she would have drawn based on something in your history). Good luck! ...Read more

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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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How can I check my prolactin level?

How can I check my prolactin level?

If there's a medical: Indication, it can be ordered by your physician/ medical provider. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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How does one change of the prolactin level in men?

Is it high?: Hi. I hate to assume, but you don't state if your prolactin is high. I must, therefore assume it is. High prolactin in men is lowered the same way it is in women - with a pill called cabergoline. It's very effective in almost all cases. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can there be natural ways to lower prolactin levels in men?

Can there be natural ways to lower prolactin levels in men?

Whoa: If a man has high prolactin levels, he has a prolactinoma until proved otherwise. This is a life-threatening lesion, and needs to be treated as a tumor rather than as a lab value. ...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?

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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Hi, i had 2 m/c. my boob was milking, i checked, and my prolactin level is high.

Prolactin: I assume your doctor reported that your prolactin level is high. What I don't understand is why the doctor did not discuss lowering your prolactin level. Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Can lowering prolactin in men reduce moobs?

Can lowering prolactin in men reduce moobs?

Gynecomastia: male breast enlargement hormonal or medical means will not reduce , is a benign condition will surgical reduction for cosmetic ( and psychological ) reasons See your doctor for surgical referral . ...Read more

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Is prolactin level in men can affect sperms count..?

Yes prolactin can: Significantly elevated levels of prolactin can suppress pituitary gonadotroponins LH and FSH, and subsequently decrease testosterone levels and depress spermatogenesis. ...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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Which is the best day in a woman's cycle to check FSH prolactin and LH ?

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FSH: To test fsh for fertility, that is done on day 3. Lh should be undetectable or very low at that point. ...Read more

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My prolactin level is 44 being sent for a MRI should I be worried? The last it was checked a month ago it was 48. My fertility dr is sending me.

My prolactin level is 44 being sent for a MRI should I be worried? The last it was checked a month ago it was 48. My fertility dr is sending me.

Fertility MD advice: Your fertility md is ordering the MRI to see if there is a visible growth in the brain causing the elevation. So, follow up with your md after the mri, and either way it can be treated with medication and worry is not needed. ...Read more

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My prolactin was 242 mu/L. I have been checked for lumps but my dr didn't see any concern for my breadts. I have been referred to an endocrine special?

Prolactin : Prolactin is secreted from pituitary gland in brain. Prolactin level may go up in stress, nursing , thyroid dysfunction ,using some medication or sometimes a small adenoma - small benign knot- in the pituitary gland. It's a good idea to see the endocrinologist to find out why your prolactin is elevated. You may need a repeat prolactin levels and some thyroid tests or other tests and possible MRI ...Read more

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Have had discharge from my nipples. My son is two now. Had prolactin levels check but r normal. Why do I have milk after two yr. ?

Have had discharge from my nipples.  My son is two now. Had prolactin levels check but r normal.  Why do I have milk after two yr. ?

Need more info: A milky discharge from the nipples comes normally in pregnancy & lactation and occasionally because of unimportant circumstances. The characteristics of the discharge is important since infection, neoplasm and a couple of other problems can cause a discharge. Please make an appt with your OB/GYN doctor to be sure of the cause. ...Read more

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