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Natalie Burger, MD, fertility specialist at Texas Fertility Center
Fertility Specialist

What Is Parlodel?

What is parlodel and how can it help me get pregnant? What do I need to know before taking it?

Parlodel (aka bromocriptine) is a medication used to treat high levels of prolactin, a hormone released by the pituitary gland. If you have elevated prolactin levels, you may experience irregular or absent periods, and have fertility problems. To find out if prolactin is to blame for any trouble getting pregnant, your doctor can perform a simple blood test. She may also have you undergo an MRI of your pituitary gland to make sure everything looks healthy.

By getting your prolactin levels back on track, Parlodel can jumpstart ovulation, which may give you the ability to get pregnant. (Yay!) Possible side effects include headache, dizziness, and nausea.

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