Prolactin test

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Prolactin testing may be used, along with other hormone tests, to help: Determine the cause of breast milk production not associated with pregnancy or breast-feeding (galactorrhea) Diagnose the cause of infertility and erectile dysfunction in men Diagnose the cause of menstrual irregularities and/or infertility in women Detect and diagnose tumors that produce excess prolactin (prolactinomas), monitor their treatment, and detect recurrences Evaluate anterior pituitary function or other pituitary disorder.

New onset or change in pattern of headaches

Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe

Unexplained nausea or vomiting

Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision

Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg

Difficulty with balance

Speech difficulties

Confusion in everyday matters

Personality or behavior changes

Normal hCG levels in non-pregnant women are less than 5. 0 mIU/ml, and in postmenopausal women normal levels are anything less than 9. 5 mIU/ml. 

If your hCG levels are outside of the normal range, it could mean a variety of things. Your doctor will help you interpret the results. 

Levels of hCG that are lower than normal could mean a miscalculation of pregnancy dating

a possible miscarriage or blighted ovum

an ectopic pregnancy

Levels of hCG that are higher than normal could mean a miscalculation of pregnancy dating

a molar pregnancy

a multiple pregnancy, such as twins or triplets. 

Blood tests are normally well-tolerated. Some people have smaller or larger veins, which may make taking a blood sample more difficult. However, risks associated with blood tests like the ACTH hormone test are rare. Uncommon risks of having blood drawn include: excessive bleeding lightheadedness or fainting hematoma, or blood pooling under the skin infection at the site

If your midluteal serum progesterone level is low, the first step is to have it repeated in another cycle to confirm the result. If it is the same or still low, you may need ovarian stimulation to help you ovulate. Progesterone supplements are sometimes prescribed. High progesterone would most likely be addressed by treating the underlying cause of the problem. 

Women with low progesterone and a history of miscarriages may be given progesterone supplements as soon as pregnancy is confirmed. This can help reduce the chances of another miscarriage by improving the intrauterine environment. 

Test Method 1 : The test requires a blood sample, which is drawn through a needle from a vein in your arm. 

Report available : Turn around time is 24 hours. 

A person with the following symptoms should get this test done: New onset or change in pattern of headaches

Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe

Unexplained nausea or vomiting

Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision

Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg

Difficulty with balance

Speech difficulties

Confusion in everyday matters

Personality or behavior changes

Acromegaly. Cushings Disease. Diabetes Insipidus. Hyperprolactinemia. Hypopituitarism. Pituitary Tumors. Traumatic Brain Injury.