What is included in patient education about prolactinomas?

Updated: Mar 25, 2018
  • Author: Venkatesh Babu Segu, MD, MBBS, DM; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The symptoms of prolactinoma should be explained to the patient, and patients should be advised to report any new or worsening symptom.

Female patients of reproductive age should be encouraged to practice barrier methods of contraception while on BEC (or similar agents), until menstrual cycles normalize. This facilitates accurate timing of any conception that may ensue and allows the physician to withhold BEC treatment upon conception.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Women's Health Center and Pregnancy Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles AmenorrheaBirth Control Overview, and Birth Control Methods.


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