There are a few different hormones that are involved in your menstrual cycle and prolactin is one of them. It is a hormone that is made by your pituitary gland. It helps to regulate your hormones and is also involved in promoting lactation. When you have too much of it, it can impact your menstrual cycle.

And for this post, let us take a look and talk about prolactin with from certified naturopaths near Bendigo naturopathy.

Elevated Levels of Prolactin

When prolactin is severely elevated, it becomes a serious medical problem which can stop your periods.

Mild elevation of your prolactin levels has a different impact. It doesn’t stop your menstrual cycle, but it can lead to other things including irregular periods, breast pain, and loss of libido. It can also cause androgen excess through two different mechanisms within your body. It can be a driving factor that leads to you developing PCOS and/or PCOS-associated symptoms.

Causes of High Prolactin Levels

Very high and moderately high levels of prolactin tend to be associated with medical conditions that need further medical diagnosis and management. These can be caused by benign pituitary tumours, thyroid disease, some medications, and high levels of alcohol consumption.

Mildly elevated levels are common but is harder to narrow down to one specific cause. Temporary elevation may be caused by sex, exercise, alcohol, eating, sleep, dehydration, stress, mild thyroid disease, and hormonal birth control. Schedule an appointment with a Bendigo naturopath to have an in-depth conversation about yourself.

Naturopathic Considerations

Once your doctor has ruled out medical conditions that might be causing your high prolactin, you can then look at naturopathic treatments. Things your naturopath might look at include:

  • Reduce alcohol consumption, particularly beer, as barley can stimulate the production.
  • Reduce stress by lifestyle methods such as yoga, meditation, and long, leisurely walks.
  • Herbal supplements such as Vitex to help lower prolactin.

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Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Nicki Stewart

Nicki has always been drawn to Holistic Health and she follows in her mother’s footsteps who is a Reflexologist and Natural Therapist. Nicki was inspired to study Herbal Medicine after attending one of Dr. Sandi Rogers’ (Naturopath, Director of National College of Traditional Medicine and former President of Australian Traditional Medicine Society) seminars on ‘Fruits […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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