The Nursing Hormone

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Just like estrogen and progesterone are important for pregnancy and periods, prolactin is key for breastfeeding and fertility. It comes mainly from the pituitary gland.

Prolactin helps with breast growth and making milk after pregnancy. It also impacts periods and reproductive health.

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Prolactin Could Be Your Natural Boost.
Prolactin is a hormone from the brain's pituitary gland, mainly helping women produce milk for breastfeeding. It also plays a role in fertility and menstrual cycles. High levels can cause fertility issues and unwanted milk production, sometimes due to medication, thyroid problems, or tumors.

At Natural Endocrinology Specialists™ (NES), we recognize the critical function of prolactin in reproductive health and offer customized wellness strategies for patients at all stages of life.
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Understanding Prolactin

Your Partner in Women's Health

Prolactin levels, like other hormones, can become unbalanced, affecting thyroid function, stress hormone levels, menstrual cycles, and ovulation.

Typically stable after puberty and until menopause, except during pregnancy or breastfeeding, prolactin levels may slightly decrease after menopause.

Unlike other hormones, normal prolactin levels are categorized based on whether a woman is pre or post-menopausal, rather than by age.

Signs and Symptoms

High and low prolactin hormone levels may include symptoms such as:

High Prolactin Hormone Levels

Irregular Periods
Vaginal Dryness
Low Libido
Abnormal Lactation

Low Prolactin Hormone Levels

Menstrual Disorder
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Delayed Puberty
Inadequate Lactation

Hormone Health

Excess and Deficiencies

High Prolactin Hormone Levels

At NES, we conduct detailed testing to understand prolactin levels and their effects, aiming to identify and treat the root causes of hormonal imbalances.

Our approach focuses on natural and integrative methods to correct prolactin imbalances, which can affect women's menstrual cycles, mood, ovulation, and thyroid function.

Low Prolactin Hormone Levels

Low prolactin levels in women may lead to difficulty in producing milk post-pregnancy and could affect breast development during pregnancy and menstrual cycles. Often, low prolactin is symptomless and detected only through blood tests, requiring a doctor's assessment for proper diagnosis.

Dr. Linda Khoshaba is the Leading Integrative Health and Hormone Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has extensive experience working in the field as a Hormone Specialist and Natural Endocrinologist.

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