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ROLE OF PROLACTIN IN INFERTILITY

Prolactin is a hormone that plays a role in fertility by inhibiting follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), the hormones that trigger ovulation and allow eggs to develop and mature. Prolactin is also associated with the production of breast milk. Prolactin also called lactogenic hormone.

Prolactin is one of several hormones that are produced by the pituitary gland.

High prolactin levels may cause infertility. Another term for high prolactin levels is hyperprolactinemia. Women who are not pregnant and are not breastfeeding should have low levels of prolactin. If a non-pregnant woman has abnormally high levels of prolactin, it may cause her difficulty in becoming pregnant. High prolactin levels may cause infertility. Another term for high prolactin levels is hyperprolactinemia. Women who are not pregnant and are not breastfeeding should have low levels of prolactin. If a non-pregnant woman has abnormally high levels of prolactin, it may cause her difficulty in becoming pregnant.

Symptoms of high prolactin

  • Breast produce excessive milk
  • Enlargement of breast tissue
  • Acnes
  • Headache
  • Missed or irregular period

NORMAL VALUES OF PROLACTIN

Women who are not pregnant< 25 ng/mL
Women who are pregnant34 to 386 ng/mL

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