What is Prolactin Hormone?

Hormones are one of the important elements that ensure the fulfillment of basic functions in our body. In case of excess or under secretion of hormones, they can cause serious health problems.

Prof. Dr. Ulun ULUĞ
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One of these important hormones is prolactin. Prolactin hormone is also called milk or stress hormone.

Prolactin hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland located in the back of our brain. The main and important task of the body is to provide the nourishment of the baby by making the postpartum milk production of the women. This hormone is also found in men, but its actual function is not fully known.

As of the second month of pregnancy in women, the rate of prolactin in the body begins to increase. Thus, the mother's milk, which is necessary for the feeding of the baby until the birth, is ready. This hormone also prevents the woman from menstruating for a certain period of time after giving birth, thus reducing the risk of becoming pregnant during this period.

High proloctin in the blood, which is called hyperprolactinemia in the medical language, can cause important health problems such as menstrual irregularity, inability to become pregnant, and milk coming from the breast even though they are not pregnant or breastfeeding. In men, it can cause a decrease in sexual power or enlargement of the breast. Therefore, if you have a problem with the secretion of prolactin hormone, you should consult a specialist and get treatment.

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