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When do women need a prolactin (PRL) test?

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Your doctor may order a prolactin test when you have:

  • Irregular or no periods
  • Infertility
  • Breast milk discharge when you’re not pregnant or nursing
  • Tenderness in your breast
  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness

From: What is a Prolactin Test? WebMD Medical Reference

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University of Rochester Medical Center: “Prolactin.”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Prolactin.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: High prolactin levels and prolactinomas (Beyond the Basics).”

UCLA Health: “Prolactinoma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Hypothalmic dysfunction.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Fact Sheet: What is Prolactin?”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Prolactin Blood Test.”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry. “Hypopituitarism.”

University of California, San Francisco: “Levodopa.”

Mayo Clinic: “Headache Medicine Ergot-Derivative-Containing (Oral Route, Parenteral Route, Rectal Route).”

National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine: “The clinical use of dopamine in the treatment of shock.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 22, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Prolactin.”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Prolactin.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: High prolactin levels and prolactinomas (Beyond the Basics).”

UCLA Health: “Prolactinoma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid).”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Hypothalmic dysfunction.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Fact Sheet: What is Prolactin?”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Prolactin Blood Test.”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry. “Hypopituitarism.”

University of California, San Francisco: “Levodopa.”

Mayo Clinic: “Headache Medicine Ergot-Derivative-Containing (Oral Route, Parenteral Route, Rectal Route).”

National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine: “The clinical use of dopamine in the treatment of shock.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 22, 2017

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