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Prolactin is a protein hormone produced by the pituitary gland, which is located just under the brain. It is an important hormone for both men and women, and pregnant women have high levels of this hormone due to its ability to stimulate the production of breast milk. High levels in women who are not pregnant and in men can sometimes indicate an issue, and low levels in men can cause a low sex drive and erectile dysfunction.

A prolactin test may be recommended if you are a woman over 18 and experiencing symptoms such as irregular or no periods, breast tenderness, menopausal symptoms and breast milk discharge when not pregnant or breastfeeding. It may also be for men over 18 experiencing breast tenderness or enlargement, low sex drive and/or erection difficulties.


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*Full price based on purchasing tests individually. Discount applied for purchasing tests as a package. All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.

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What is a prolactin test?

A prolactin test assesses how much prolactin is present in the blood. Abnormal levels of prolactin could be due to anorexia, certain drugs, a tumour in the pituitary gland, kidney disease, liver failure, or a disease affecting the hypothalamus (part of the brain which controls the pituitary gland). However, high levels do not always indicate a problem as a test result can be influenced by other factors including the stress of taking the blood sample.

Our home prolactin test simply involves taking a blood sample and can be done from the comfort of your own home. They are highly convenient as they can be self-administered at home with minimal preparation involved, and results are available within just a few days.


What’s included in a prolactin home test kit?

Our home prolactin test kits include:

  • A finger prick kit and vials for blood collection
  •  A clear set of instructions
  • A pre-paid, self-adhesive Royal mail tracked service label
  • Results from an accredited lab within 8 days
  • Access to your own MyWellness online account to view your detailed results
  • Access to a 24/7 GP Helpline for a year

How to buy a prolactin test

You can buy a single prolactin home test kit online here. We provide great value with all our home test kits, with additional extras such as your own MyWellness results portal and 24/7 GP helpline access for a year being included with all our home test kits.

Did you know you could also get a prolactin test as part of our more comprehensive male hormone profile package? It consists of an in-depth, face-to-face health check with a Health Assessment Specialists, which you can easily book online at one of over 2,000 mobile clinics available nationwide. You will receive a wide array of other key health markers and a detailed results report sent through the post.

You can browse our product pages to discover which test, or combination of tests, is right for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a normal prolactin level?

    The ‘normal’ level in men and women varies from person to person and between different laboratories, and it is essential to note that high levels do not always indicate a problem. As a general guideline, the ‘normal’ ranges are as highlighted below:

    Gender / pregnancy status Recommended ranges
    Men 2 to 18 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL)
    Pregnant women 10 to 209 ng/mL
    Non-pregnant women 2 to 29 ng/mL

    You may not require treatment if your levels are lower or higher than these ranges, but if your test result is abnormal; you need to discuss it with your GP nonetheless.

  • How does prolactin affect fertility?

    High prolactin levels can interrupt the normal production of oestrogen and progesterone, which can lead to difficulties getting pregnant as it may cause the ovaries to not release eggs or to do so irregularly. If you are experiencing symptoms of high prolactin levels and are trying to conceive, a prolactin test can be done alongside other female hormone tests to help determine the cause of infertility. This also applies to men, as abnormal prolactin levels can cause issues with sex drive and normal erectile function.

  • Does prolactin cause weight gain?

    High prolactin levels can cause weight gain in some women who have gone through the menopause. There is a variety other symptoms that can be experienced as a result of abnormal prolactin levels:

    Symptoms in women:

    • Irregular or no periods
    • Breast enlargement
    • Milk production / discharge (in non-pregnant women)
    • Menopausal symptoms
    • Diminished sex drive
    • Osteoporosis
    • Vaginal dryness
    • Infertility

    Symptoms in men:

    • Breast enlargement
    • Decreased libido
    • Nipple discharge
    • Decrease in body hair
    • Erectile problems
  • What is the best treatment for high prolactin?

    Not all high levels of prolactin need to be treated and the treatment given depends on the cause. If the high prolactin level is due to prescribed drugs then your doctor may advise stopping that drug or substituting with a different one. Other treatments for high prolactin levels include medicines or surgery.

  • How can you naturally lower prolactin levels?

    If, following investigation by your doctor, no treatment is needed for your raised prolactin levels you may try the following non-medical interventions:

    • Adopting a heathy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
    • Avoiding high-intensity workouts
    • Wearing clothing that doesn’t restrict the chest
    • Decreasing stress levels
    • Avoiding clothing and activities that over stimulate the nipples

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