What is prolactin?

Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland majorly responsible for lactation (Production of milk in the body). Prolactin is produced in both people AMAB & AFAB in small amounts to contribute to bodily processes. The level of prolactin increase in the body after child birth to produce milk for breastfeeding for people with vulva. For people with vulva prolactin helps in the development of breasts and maintain the menstrual cycle. For people with penis prolactin helps in the sperm production. An imbalance in prolactin production in the body can cause problems and needs medical help.


Sources:

https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/patient-fact-sheets-and-

https://www.healthline.com/health/prolactin

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prolactinoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20376958

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/22429-prolactin

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/prolactin-test

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