Hyperprolactinemia And Conception
I just found out that I have a prolactin level of 80ng/ml. What are my chances of getting pregnant? What can be done to lower high prolactin levels to conceive.
Hyperprolactinemia is a condition of elevated serum prolactin. Prolactin is a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland related to the production of milk during lactation and the development of breasts during pregnancy.
In non pregnant or lactating women, hyperprolactinaemia may cause production and spontaneous flow of breast milk. When high levels of prolactin are present ovulation is affected causing disruptions in menstrual cycle and inability to get pregnant. In order to achieve conception, day 3 prolactin level should be less than 24 ng/ml.
High levels of prolactin can be linked to problems with the pituitary gland, PCOS, heavy metals, certain drugs, and even taking certain herbal remedies. Talk to your doctor if further testing is required in your case.
Hormonal balance can be achieved through diet, exercise, herbal remedies like Vitex and/or natural progesterone cream.
Vitex can be very effective in treating hyperprolactinemia when related to low progesterone levels causing luteal phase defect. This herb may help lowering
prolactin levels, increase progesterone production, improve luteal phase length, address PCOS, and normalize the menstrual cycle.
Vitex has shown in clinical studies to have a modulating effect on prolactin levels. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study Vitex extract was given to a group of 52 women who were diagnosed with luteal phase defects and hyperprolactinemia.
The women in the study group took 20 mg of Vitex agnus castus extract daily for a period of three month. Hormonal testing was performed before and after the three month period. The results of the study revealed that prolactin release was significantly reduced in the Vitex group versus the placebo group. Also the luteal phase length was normalized. Progesterone levels increased as prolactin levels decreased No side effects were noted and two women in the Vitex group became pregnant.
(“Milewicz A, Gejdel E, et al: Vitex agnus castus extract in the treatment of luteal phase defects due to hyperprolactinemia: Results of a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind study. Arzneim-Forsch Drug Res 43: 752-6, 1993.”)
Many fertility herbal remedies have Vitex as main ingredients and can be very effective in helping women getting pregnant. I recommend FertileXX