Having a test with
radioactive tracer a week before the prolactin test.
What To Think About
Men and nonpregnant women normally have low
levels of prolactin. The only known problem caused by a lack of prolactin is
not being able to make milk after pregnancy. Therefore, even people who have an
abnormally low level of prolactin are not treated for the
Men may have a prolactin test if a man lacks sexual
desire or if he has a hard time having an erection (erectile dysfunction). Prolactin levels may be checked when a man's testosterone
levels are really low. For more information, see the topic
Treatment for a pituitary gland tumor that is making too
much prolactin includes medicines (such as bromocriptine), removing the
pituitary gland, or radiation therapy to the gland. The choice of treatment is
based on the size of the tumor and the health and age of the person being
Other Works Consulted
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009).
Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology