Long-term effect of a first pregnancy on the secretion of prolactin.

@article{Musey1987LongtermEO,
  title={Long-term effect of a first pregnancy on the secretion of prolactin.},
  author={Victoria C. Musey and Delwood C. Collins and Paul I. Musey and D Martino-Saltzman and John R. K. Preedy},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1987},
  volume={316 5},
  pages={
          229-34
        }
}
An early first pregnancy is known to protect against subsequent breast cancer. We speculated that this effect may be mediated by a long-term depression of prolactin secretion after pregnancy. We therefore measured basal and post-stimulation serum levels of prolactin, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in two groups--15 women 18 to 23 years of age and 9 women 29 to 40--before and after a first full-term pregnancy, and in 40 appropriate nulliparous controls. We… CONTINUE READING

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