Overview of the Prolactin Blood Test:
The Prolactin Blood Test measures the levels of prolactin, a hormone produced in the brain, in the bloodstream. Prolactin plays a crucial role in stimulating milk production after childbirth, supporting breastfeeding. While prolactin levels normally increase significantly during pregnancy and breastfeeding, this test helps assess prolactin levels for various health-related purposes.
Prolactin Blood Test in Males and Females:
Prolactin testing is applicable to both males and females. Whilst more commonly associated with testing in females during menstrual cycle monitoring, pregnancy and breastfeeding stages it can also be used during a male fertility assessment.