Prolactinoma is a medical term that describes the existence of a noncancerous tumor in the pituitary gland in the brain, causing an unusual production of the prolactin hormone. This causes a range of symptoms to develop which can differ for each sex. Some significant changes in the body include changes in sex drive as well as different levels of estrogen and testosterone hormones. Find out the main symptoms and causes of prolactinoma.
In women, prolactinoma can result in erratic or unusual menstrual cycles. Medically, this is known as oligomenorrhea. Mostly, people with oligomenorrhea will experience very light periods. Moreover, menstruation occurs less frequently, which may also have consequences for conception. Consult your doctor if you notice any changes in your menstrual cycle. High levels of prolactin can disturb the natural rhythm of the reproductive system. Luckily, various treatments aim to bring hormonal levels back to normal. These are potent drugs that require a prescription.
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