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A sneaky cause of ovulation disruption: Prolactin.

Did you know that high prolactin (hyperprolactinemia) is a commonly missed reason for ovulatory dysfunction?

Usually we only hear about it in relation to breastfeeding since it’s most commonly known as the hormone that promotes milk production.

Dr. Pilar Vigil, lead researcher of @femmhealth discusses the role of prolactin in her paper, “Ovulation a Sign of Health: Understanding Reproductive Health in a New Way.”

One of the main takeaways of this paper is that the most frequent causes of ovulatory dysfunction are hormonal abnormalities.

“Of a cohort of 125 young women between 18 and 35 years presenting with ovulatory dysfunction the diagnosed endocrine abnormalities were: insulin resistance 36%, hyperandrogenemia 23%, hyperprolactinemia 21%, hypothyroidism 16%, premature ovarian senescence 3 % and hypothalamic amenorrhea 1%.”

It is uncommon to work with medical practitioners who properly screen, diagnose and treat hyperprolactinemia.

However, this is is important because dysfunctional ovulation impacts overall health and wellness for women, especially in the long run. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, osteoporosis, cancer and many more medical issues can be correlated to ovulatory dysfunction over the reproductive lifespan.

If hyperprolactinemia is contributing to ovulatory dysfunction, proper evaluation treatment is needed to restore ovulation.

Because, as you know if you follow us… OVULATION IS A SIGN OF HEALTH.

Learn more about this Read the full paper mentioned above.

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