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Could I have prolactinoma without even realizing it?

It's possible to have prolactinoma without realizing it if it doesn't cause many noticeable symptoms. This is more common in men than in women, because symptoms are often more noticeable in women. Men may experience erectile dysfunction and a lower sex drive, but they may not notice this or may not be alarmed by it. Because of this, men sometimes don't notice symptoms till the tumor is large and starts to cause headaches and vision problems. Most of the time, women will notice the symptoms of prolactinoma pretty early on since they include a loss of menstrual period and abnormal production of breast milk. Even if symptoms seem harmless, if you notice anything unusual that may be caused by prolactinoma, it's a good idea to talk to a doctor.

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