Prolactin is a hormone that plays various roles in the body and brain, most notably in lactation after pregnancy.
Dopamine and Prolactin oppose eachother. When one is high, the other is low.
Testosterone, Dopamine, and Prolactin form a triangle of interactions. When Testosterone is high, Dopamine is too and Prolactin is low. When Prolactin is high, Dopamine and Testosterone are lowered.
Prolactin opposes the synthesis of androgens and thyroid hormone.
Prolactin is elevated by Estrogen and alongside Estrogen in many conditions such as Metabolic Syndrome.
Stress, such as social isolation or confinement, increases Prolactin and lowers Dopamine.
The most notable interaction of Prolactin is during orgasm where the brain is flooded to restore homeostasis from the stimulation of sex or masturbation. This is why you might get tired after sex, and why men are much more affected by orgasm – dopamine skyrockets and then prolactin is to quell this surge and urge, and where “post-nut clarity” might come from. Neurotransmitters are powerful and can “make or break” one’s “reality”.
This is also why NoFap and the dangerous effects of excessive porn consumption or sex addiction should be noted more widely by people.
Prolactin can become chronically elevated, leading to increased stress, anhedonia, lowered testosterone, and lowered thyroid.
Chronically elevated prolactin leads to malexpression and maladaptation of the HPA-axis and various systems and rhythms in the body, contributing to the rise of many different conditions such as hypothyroidism, depression, anti-social conditioning, and anhedonia and increased stress.
Our ancestors did not have access to cheap and easy stimulation, and elevated prolactin is in no way a “natural disease”.
Symptoms of Elevated Prolactin:
- Anti-Social Traits
- Chronic Fatigue
- Lack of Drive
- Lack of Appetite
- Low Energy
- Poor Concentration and Memory
- Cycle Irregularities
- Body Hair Irregularities
- Stress and Irritability
- Brain Fog
- Lack of Sex Drive and Motivation
8 Ways To Lower Prolactin Naturally
1. Limit Porn & Masturbation, and Sex
Prolactin is increased in response to orgasm to restore homeostasis from the surge of dopamine and other neurotransmitters.
The fastest way to lower Prolactin is to limit orgasm.
“Post-Nut Clarity” is in part the surge of Prolactin lowering Dopamine.
This is why watching porn so often or being a sex-addict can leave one looking and feeling so “drained”.
Sex with a partner is different than porn & masturbation, but can still leave some feeling very drained.
Stop orgasming to lower prolactin if you are suffering from some of the symptoms of elevated Prolactin whilst you implement these other methods or just to see how you look and feel.
2. Don’t Overtrain
Prolactin is elevated by overtraining and other sources of stress. Most people are “overtraining” because of modern diets and lifestyles – not enough sunlight & vitamin d, a “go-hard” mindset, poor sleep, poor diet, etc. – all which inhibits recovery and stress the body.
Make sure when you exercise, it’s because you want to and feel like it, not because of “discipline” or to be a “go-getter” – if you don’t want to exercise, it’s because you aren’t in a healthful state, not because you’re “lazy” or “undisciplined”.
If you have good thyroid, good hormones, and energy, you will naturally want to exercise as when we are children.
Get sunlight, eat enough protein, sleep well, etc. and you will naturally want to hit the gym or go for a run – listen to your body and mind, because overtraining can be just as bad as being sedentary or worse.
3. Limit Stress
As stated, stress increases Prolactin and decreases Dopamine. Stress has many different faces, from being deficient in sunlight to having elevated Prolactin or too few social connections.
Some Ways To Lower Stress:
- Sunlight & Vitamin D
- Relaxing Activities and Hobbies
- Schedule & Routine
- Social Interactions
- Baths, Epsom Salt Baths
- Self or Partner Massage
- Red Light Therapy
- Being In Nature
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E has incredible benefits and is something more people should be supplementing with. It should be noted that in Grass-Fed Beef, there are significant levels of Vitamin E – something to note our more-healthful ancestors would have consumed in “normal” meats and dairy. A “Vitamin E Deficiency” causes elevated Vitamin E in lab rodents.
Foods High In Vitamin E Include:
- Grass-Fed Bovine or Ovine Meats/Fat
- Cod Liver, Cod Liver Oil
- Duck Liver Pate
- Grass-Fed Dairy
- Wheat Germ, Wheat Germ Oil
- Nuts & Seeds (Soak or Sprout Them First For Better Nutrition)
5. Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is a B vitamin that many are deficient in. Vitamin B6 is important for the production of Dopamine which counteracts Prolactin. Vitamin B6 can improve ADHD where a deficiency of Dopamine has been suggested.
Foods High In Vitamin B6 Include:
- Beef Liver
- Organ Meats Such As Kidney or Heart
- Animal Meats
- Animal Products
- Fish & Cod Liver or Cod Liver Oil
6. Increase Dopamine
As previously stated, Dopamine antagonizes Prolactin, and when one is high the other is low. Increasing Dopamine via taking action, following your passions, having hobbies, expressing yourself and having self respect & care, and doing what you want to do is something everyone should do as these are or should be normal and healthy things to do, a psycho-emotional-biological essential, similar to a vitamin or other nutrient – nutrients for the soul & it’s vessels.
Some Ways To Increase Dopamine:
- Video Games
- Crafts, Trades (Woodworking, Blacksmithing, etc.)
- Self Expression (As Art, But Also Boundaries, Self Respect, Social-Self Expression, etc. – Speak Up When You Want To And Know You Should)
- Being In Nature
- Vitamin B6
- Cordyceps, Bacopa Monnieri, Ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, Other Adaptogenic & Nootropic Supplements
- Caffeine, Tea, Coffee
- Adequate Protein Intake
- Proper Sleep, Exercise, Nutrition – Essentials/Basics
- Dancing, Singing
7. Increase Dopamine Sensitivity & Care For Your Dopamine Receptors
On the other hand of increasing Dopamine is increasing (restoring) Dopamine sensitivity and protecting & healing Dopamine receptors. AS previously stated, Prolactin shoots up from orgasm, especially from porn & masturbation, and Dopamine & Dopamine Receptors are downregulated with habitual use to restore a semblance of homeostasis. Hypofrontality and significantly downregulated Dopamine synthesis & receptors are seen in addicts of all kinds whether street drugs, video games or social media, or porn and masturbation or sex – it’s physically draining to partake in these habitually/addictingly.
You can increase Dopamine sensitivity and Dopamine receptors & synthesis by not giving into these activities & substances. There is an epidemic of cheap Dopamine addictions, from social media to video games to especially porn. It’s not jsut waht you do, but what you don’t do as well. By not “blowing out” your Dopamine receptors regularly, you can naturally increase Dopamine and decrease Prolactin, as well as significantly improve conditions such as depression, chronic fatigue, and anhedonia.