Peritoneal fluid prolactin in infertile women with endometriosis: lack of evidence of secretory activity by endometrial implants.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To evaluate the functional status of endometriotic implants, a luteal secretory product of endometrium, PRL, was measured in the PF of 27 infertile women with endometriosis, 13 infertile women without endometriosis, and 11 fertile women undergoing elective sterilization. PF PRL concentrations and PF/plasma PRL ratios were similar in all the groups and did not vary with the menstrual cycle or the stage of endometriosis. These data demonstrate that the ectopic endometrium in infertile women with endometriosis does not secrete PRL in amounts sufficient to elevate PF concentrations and suggest that the infertility observed in these women is probably not dependent upon the secretory activity of endometriotic implants.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Haney, AF; Handwerger, S; Weinberg, JB

Published Date

  • December 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 935 - 938

PubMed ID

  • 6500083

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0015-0282


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States