Prolactin Blood Test
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Prolactin Blood Test
A Prolactin Blood Test is a common test used to measure the level of prolactin, which is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that plays an important role in breast milk production and fertility.
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Prolactin is a hormone that is secreted by the pituitary gland. It is important for lactation (milk production) in women who are breast-feeding. It is also important for regulation of the menstrual cycle and for normal sexual function in both men and women. Prolactin levels can be high for many reasons, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, stress, certain medications, and some medical conditions. High prolactin levels can cause problems such as infertility, missed periods, and erectile dysfunction in men. In women, high prolactin levels can cause problems such as irregular periods, ovulation problems, and reduced sex drive.
Symptoms of High Prolactin in Men (Hyperprolactinemia)
Symptoms of high prolactin in men include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Nipple discomfort
- Breast enlargement
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced body hair
- Changes to vision
A high prolactin level can indicate a problem with the pituitary gland, such as a tumour. A low prolactin level can indicate a problem with the thyroid gland or ovaries.
A prolactin blood test is usually performed as part of a routine panel of blood tests. The test is simple and painless, and involves drawing a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. Results are typically available within a few days.
If you are scheduled for a prolactin blood test, be sure to tell your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking, as they can interfere with the results. Also, be sure to eat and drink normally before the test. You may be asked to avoid strenuous exercise for 12 hours before the test.
If you have questions or concerns about the prolactin blood test, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Symptoms of High Prolactin in Women (Hyperprolactinemia)
Symptoms of High Prolactin in Women include
- Changes to vision
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Sensitive breasts and nipples
Statistics on Prolactin
Experts Opinion on Prolactin Home Tests
"Prolactin is produced in the pituitary gland and is important in the production of breast milk and is useful for fertility. By monitoring the levels of prolactin, you may be able to detect a type of pituitary gland tumour or gynaecomastia."
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Prolactin Blood Test Information
Specification of Prolactin Blood Test
- Test name: Prolactin Blood Test
- Also known as & related tests: PRL test, prolactin level test
- Test tube: SST (Gold microtainer)
- Brand: Welzo
- Turn around time: Approx. 24 hours
- Lab test ranges:
- Test Kit Marking: MHRA/UKCA
- Location of Lab: United Kingdom
What is a Prolactin Blood Test?
A Prolactin Blood Test is a home health test offered by Welzo. The Prolactin Blood Test can be taken from the comfort of your home using a finger prick sample, which is then sent back to our lab for analysis and interpretation.
What does a Prolactin Blood Test for?
A Prolactin Blood Test tests for the following:.
What are the benefits of a Prolactin Blood Test?
Checking your health through the use of Prolactin Blood Test is an important way to track your health. Home testing offers the convenience of conducting health assessments in the comfort of your own home, while enabling quicker, more private results without the need for visiting a healthcare facility.
Can a GP review my Prolactin Blood Test?
Yes, Welzo offers a GP review service for the Prolactin Blood Test. Follow the link if you would like to have an online GP appointment with your Prolactin Blood Test.
Are Prolactin Blood Tests available on the NHS?
The NHS offers Prolactin Blood Tests subject to eligibility requirements, consultations and local guidelines.
Prolactin Blood Test Kit and Ordering
How can a Prolactin Blood Test be ordered?
A Prolactin Blood Test can be ordered online through Welzo's secure checkout. Select the Prolactin Blood Test and add the patient's name and details, then checkout for next-day delivery.
What is included in the Prolactin Blood Test test kit?
The Prolactin Blood Test contains the following items in the test kit:
- 1 x UN3373 Test Kit for Biological Substances Category B (test kit design may vary from images displayed online depending on the test selected.
- 1 x Free Return Label
- 1 x Finger Prick Lancet / Urine Sample Pouch or Swab (depending on the test ordered)
- 1 x Cleansing Wipe/ Alcohol Swab
- SST (Gold microtainer)
Prolactin Blood Test Biomarkers and Results
What biomarkers are tested for in a Prolactin Blood Test?
The Prolactin Blood Test checks for the following biomarkers:
What are the results ranges for a Prolactin Blood Test?
Prolactin Blood Test reference ranges vary based on age, sex, population sample and numeric test result ranges. However, once you complete your tests, you will receive clear reference ranges for your Prolactin Blood Test.
What is a normal test range for Prolactin Blood Test?
The Prolactin Blood Test range will be provided on the advanced Welzo reporting panel which will factor in multiple aspects such as age, population size comparison and biological sex.
Prolactin Blood Test Procedure and Timing
When should a Prolactin Blood Test be taken?
It is best to take a Prolactin Blood Test first thing in the morning.
How long does a Prolactin Blood Test take?
The typical turnaround for a Prolactin Blood Test is 24 hours from receipt at the Welzo laboratory, Monday to Thursday. However, results may come back faster or slower depending on how busy the Welzo laboratory is and if you have requested any biomarkers that take longer to test for. In this case, results can take up to 5 days.
Are there any special preparations required before taking the Prolactin Blood Test (e.g., fasting)?
We will let you know via email if there are any special requirements for the Prolactin Blood Test. However, typically we recommend you take a Prolactin Blood Test first thing in the morning, fasted.
What is the best time to post my Prolactin Blood Test?
The best time to return your Prolactin Blood Test sample is Monday to Thursday, before 14:00 to ensure the product arrives at our lab on time for same-day analysis.
What sample is required for a Prolactin Blood Test?
The Prolactin Blood Test requires a capillary blood sample using a SST (Gold microtainer) that is collected from a finger-prick blood sample.
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