Post # 1
I had CD 23 bloodwork done about a week ago to retest some of my levels since my progesterone was on the low side on CD 21 last cycle. Among the things my doctor ordered was a check of prolactin. Yesterday, I got a call from my doctor’s office saying my other levels were normal, but my prolactin was elevated. According to the lab, normal levels are between 1 and 23, and my level was 26. So it’s not outrageously high, but higher than normal. I’m waiting to hear back from scheduling this morning to find out when I can get in to discuss this with my doctor, but I’m wondering if anyone else has had high prolactin levels while TTC and how you dealt with it. Anyone been able to get pregnant by simply bringing down your prolactin level? (Wishful thinking, I know! But just checking!)
Post # 3
@twodoghouse: Prolactin levels may be indicative of something else going on, and it’s not as simple as “lowering the levels.” You’ll need to address the bigger picture.
Hypothyroidism can cause a shift in prolactin, as can tumors on the pituitary gland. I’m sure there are other health issues that cause it as well. Be proactive in getting a physical to make sure you’re as healthy as you can be.
Post # 4
@StuporDuck: I agree. Those type of endocrine issues usually have a cause, so it’s better to treat the cause than the effects.
Post # 5
@JulesSchnooks & @Kalamaz17: Thanks for your responses! I guess I have a lot more to talk to my doctor about than I was originally thinking. 🙁
Post # 6
I had something similar happen to me a few months ago. I have longer cycles and my doctor ran a standard hormone panel to check for PCOS and other abnormalities. Everything was normal except my prolactin was slightly elevated – I want to say my level was 24 and normal range for the lab was up to 20?
She did mention a variety of more serious complications but first thing first is to get it tested again! It can fluctuate based upon time of day, where you are in your cycle, sex, exercise etc. I was tested a few weeks later and it came back normal. My doctor suspected that because I had ridden my bike to my appointment that might have elevated it for the test. So don’t stress out yet, a minor deviation like that may be resolved in your repeat bloodwork. She also did refer me to an RE but I never had the appointment because…
… everything must have been working ok with my cycles, even though they were long and the prolactin was elevated for that test because I am 5 weeks pregnant. We were not yet ttc, but it is still a nice surprise.
Post # 7
@pickles77: So glad you had a positive outcome! Also glad you were able to help the OP with life experience.