Why It Is Done
A test for prolactin is done:
- To find the cause of abnormal nipple discharge,
or if a woman is not having periods (amenorrhea) or if a woman is having a hard
time becoming pregnant (infertile).
- In a man when a
pituitary gland problem is suspected. Also, a prolactin test may be done to
check levels if a man lacks sexual desire or if he has trouble getting an
erection (erectile dysfunction). Prolactin levels may be checked
when a man's testosterone levels are really low.
- To see whether a
tumor in the pituitary gland (called a prolactinoma) is making large amounts of
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
August 1, 2012
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