How to lower prolactin?
Prolactin is a hormone needed mainly for lactation, it is responsible for the production of milk in women in the last days of pregnancy and the first days after childbirth. In men, prolactin is also produced, although it is responsible for slightly different processes, namely, for the level of testosterone and the activity of sperm. Talk about how to lower prolactin.
The norms of prolactin in women
Depending on the period of the cycle, the analysis for prolactin is given, the rates vary in the following ranges:
- 4.5-33 ng / ml (136–999 µIU / ml) in the follicle formation phase;
- 6.3–49 ng / ml (190–1484 µIU / ml) during ovulation;
- 4.9–40 ng / ml (148–1212 µIU / ml) during the luteal phase.
During pregnancy, the content of prolactin increases:
- the first trimester - 3.2–43.0 ng / ml;
- second trimester - 13.0–166.0 ng / ml;
- the third trimester - 13.0–318.0 ng / ml.
The norms of prolactin in men
The norm of prolactin in men is 2.5–17 ng / ml (75–515 µIU / l).
Increased prolactin - problems
The increased content of prolactin in the female body leads to the suppression of ovulation hormones, and consequently, to the impossibility of becoming pregnant.In men, increased prolactin also causes infertility and impotence.
Ways to reduce prolactin
Today, there are many ways to help reduce prolactin. In most cases, to reduce prolactin, first a special diet is prescribed, an active lifestyle, proper sleep, and taking sedative herbal preparations.
In case this therapy does not help, they switch to more serious methods, namely, to the prescription of hormonal drugs, however the specific drug and its doses are prescribed by the attending physician according to the results of tests.
Repeat! Hormonal drugs are prescribed only in extreme cases, in any case, do not self-medicate in this matter!
Often, patients with elevated prolactin resort to homeopathic treatment. Homeopathic pills are herbal based and sold over the counter without a prescription, but they should also not be taken without consulting a doctor. The most well-known drugs to increase prolactin - "Mlekoin" and "Apilak."