Herbs and Supplements to Reduce Prolactin & Refractory Period?
“I want to lower my refractory period and get back to action faster. Is there any herbs or supplements that reduce prolactin naturally? Or any other tips to achieve multi orgasmic state? Thanks!”
How to reduce your prolactin naturally
Firstly I suggest consulting a doctor if you suspect that you have high prolactin or got high prolactin results from blood test.
Common causes of high prolactin in men
– Prolactinomas (benign brain tumor)
– Antidepressants (SSRI’s tricyclic)
– Heartburn medications
– Pain medications (opiates)
– High estrogen
– High stress or sleeping problems
There are many ways to hack your refractory period and lower prolactin naturally. In this article, I will share my experience with prolactin lowering supplements & herbs and science behind them. In this article I focus only on supplements & herbs linked to lowering prolactin and refractory period, and not on general sex drive or testosterone boosting tips (although many of these also raise those).
Vitamin B6 megadosing
Vitamin B6 is probably the most common vitamin which people claim to lower prolactin. According to animal and human studies it’s generally noted that vitamin B6 have suppressing effect on prolactin levels. However most these human studies was made with IV injections, and those kind blood levels of vitamin B6 are almost impossible to achieve via oral usage (supplements).
B6 prolactin studies:
Small study noted that B6 vitamin (pyridoxine) seems to suppress rise in prolactin during exercise.
Study on healthy women
“After vitamin B6 24 hrs pattern of ACTH and cortisol is unchanged; prolactin levels are slightly lower, in a statistically unsignificant proportion the night peak of growth hormone is higher in a statistically significant proportion (p. 0.05).” – Source
B6 Intravenous therapy on healthy subjects
“A single dose of pyridoxine(300 mg iv)produced significant rises in peak levels of immunoreactive growth hormone(GH)and significant decrease of plasma prolactin(PRL) in 8 hospitalized healthy subjects.” – Source
Personally doses from 200-400mg (2-4 capsules) a day seems to work like magic for lowering refractory period and adding up sex drive (on top of regular multivitamin or B-complex). While the effect is not big as with mucuna pruriens it’s easy to notice harder erection and reduced time to get back in action.
It’s recommended to use high doses of vitamin B6 only in those days when you need more sex drive. Remember that prolonged use of vitamin B6 is toxic. High doses of vitamin B6 (+200mg day) can cause nerve pain or even peripheral neuropathy. But using high doses once or two times per week is generally safe.
When selecting your vitamin B6 supplement, it’s wise to pay attention to the form of vitamin b6. For most people, the best choice for B6 vitamin is the natural Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P) form. Many people might have the genetic polymer that makes it so you can’t even convert other forms to absorbable bioactive form.
Personally I use this B-Complex with all the B vitamins are in active form. If the diet in relatively good condition one capsule in a day is enough to guarantee an ideal intake of all B-vitamins. However, if you just want to try high doses of the active form of B6. I recommend Life Extension P-5-P which contains 100mg of active form of B6 per capsule.
Mucuna pruriens is very interesting herb native from Africa and Asian. Mucuna pruriens is well-studied to raise testosterone levels and reduce prolactin levels. Studies have also shown that Mucuna Pruriens lower cortisol levels and boost mood. Mucuna Pruriens is one of rare herb that contains L-dopa, which is precursor of a dopamine.
The study made in India noted that 5 gram of Mucuna pruriens seed powder daily for 3 months dropped 19% prolactin and raised 27% testosterone levels on a healthy men’s. The result was even better with infertile men, whose prolactin levels dropped 32% and testosterone levels raised 39%.
“Treatment with M. pruriens significantly improved T, LH, dopamine, adrenaline, and noradrenaline levels in infertile men and reduced levels of FSH and PRL. Sperm count and motility were significantly recovered in infertile men after treatment.” – Source
There are also other studies where Mucuna Pruriens have raised testosterone levels, improves semen quality and lowered cortisol & prolactin levels.
“Treatment with M. pruriens significantly ameliorated psychological stress and seminal plasma lipid peroxide levels along with improved sperm count and motility. Treatment also restored the levels of SOD, catalase, GSH and ascorbic acid in seminal plasma of infertile men. On the basis of results of the present study, it may be concluded that M. pruriens not only reactivates the anti-oxidant defense system of infertile men but it also helps in the management of stress and improves semen quality.” – Source
“M. pruriens therapy rectifies the perturbed alanine, citrate, GPC, histidine and phenylalanine content in seminal plasma and improves the semen quality of post-treated infertile men with compared to pre-treated. Concomitantly, clinical variables in seminal plasma and blood serum were also improved over post therapy in infertile men. On the basis of these observations, it may be proposed that M. pruriens seed powder not only reactivates the enzymatic activity of metabolic pathways and energy metabolism but also rejuvenates the harmonic balance of male reproductive hormones in infertile men. These findings open more opportunities for infertility treatment and management by improving semen quality.” – Source
It is not recommended to use mucuna pruriens constantly as a testosterone booster. Mainly because mucuna contains glycoprotein that can reduce your protein digestion (1, 2, 3). And generally speaking, its always good idea to cycle supplements that boost dopamine levels so you don’t get used to it.
I take mucuna pruriens only on those days when I have a hot date or spend a night with a woman. Before those dates I take a few capsules of mucuna extract and always experience better “fuckability”, meaning that I can fuck, or cum to a girl around 5 times in an evening. Women always wonder how I just keep coming hard, even though I’ve cummed 4-5 times already in a span of an evening. (Honestly, I could not do it without mucuna.)
Usually, it’s best to take mucuna few hours before a sexual encounter, preferably on an empty stomach.
Reminder: Mucuna pruriens contains L-DOPA and might cause side effects with certain medications. Generally is not recommended to use mucuna pruriens if you have a history of melanoma or blood glucose disorders, or are taking antidepressant medication.
Withania somnifera also know as ashwagandha is a well-known from its ability to reduce stress and raise testosterone. However few people know that ashwagandha is also good for lowering prolactin levels.
In study made with a normal sperm but infertile individuals, a single dose of ashwagandha (5 g/day) for 90 days lowered prolactin levels about 12%. Also their testosterone levels rise 10-22% depending of subpopulation (10% infertile smokers, 13% infertile non-smoking, 22% infertile under stress).
Ashwagandha has been shown to effectively decrease cortisol, therefore it is a good for those suffering from a stress. As you learned above, stress can raise your prolactin levels.
Recently ashwagandha’s efficiency was demonstrated with a healthy young people. The recent study shows that 300mg Ashwagandha extract (KSM-66 2 times daily) raised serum testosterone 15% compared to the placebo group, where an increase was only 2%. Also muscle strength increased in KSM-66 group (study).
For ashwagandha supplements, it is best to take the KSM-66 extract which has show amazing results even on healthy male subjects. For general health, testosterone and prolactin lowering effects I take this product 600 mg daily (2 capsules).
Vitamin E and prolactin
Vitamin E play an important role in hormone production, unfortunately most people are on deficiency. Council for Responsible Nutrition paper indicate that 67% people in US won’t get enough vitamin E from their diet. Deficiency of vitamin E might have devastating effect to your erection and sex drive.
While there are one study where 300 mg vitamin E daily for 2 months decreased prolactin about 50%, this study was done on uremic patients on hemodialysis. It’s hard to say will vitamin E reduce prolactin on a healthy people, according to one study.
At least there are one study where vitamin E raised testosterone levels. However in one study vitamin E supplementation decreased androgen levels on older men.
As always it’s a good idea to try to get more vitamin E from real food. For my experience adding food high in vitamin E to your diet boost sex drive noticeably. For example foods high in vitamin E: spinach, egg yolks, avocados, almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds.
When needed I also take this vitamin E supplement which is mix of different natural tocopherols extracted from vegetables. If you are already eating a lot vitamin E containing foods it’s hard to say will it give any benefit to your sex drive. Of course, its different story if you are on vitamin E deficiency (like most people are).
Zinc and prolactin
Most people supplement zinc mainly to support optimal levels of testosterone, but it might also lower prolactin levels.
Oral zinc has been show to lower prolactin levels in healthy subjects.
“The response of plasma prolactin (PRL) to oral administration of increasing doses of zinc (25.0, 37.5 and 50.0 mg) was studied in 17 normal adult men and women. Blood samples were collected at 10 and 30-min intervals over a period of 120 min after two basal times (-30 and 0 min). PRL concentrations significantly fell below basal levels in all subjects in response to the increase in plasma zinc levels, as compared to the controls. ” – Source
Another zinc study with male hemodialysis patients showed massive decrease on prolactin levels.
“Zinc and prolactin levels were measured in 32 male haemodialysis patients; 12 were receiving 50 mg zinc per day as zinc acetate and 20 were not. Zinc-treated patients had significantly higher plasma zinc levels (134±10 μg/dl v 88±2 μg/dl) and lower serum prolactin levels (11±4 ng/ml v 29±7 ng/ml) than untreated patients. ” – Source
2 studies show that zinc supplement did not lower prolactin levels on people with chronic kidney disease. However patients serum testosterone levels increased.
“Serum level of FSH and prolactin did not have any significant changes before and after intervention, but serum level of testosterone, LH, and zinc increased significantly.” – Source
“Zn therapy did not induce any significant change in basal and TRH-stimulated serum PRL levels, while serum Zn levels significantly increased, reaching the normal range after the first week of treatment (17.8 +/- 6.3 mumol/L). Plasma total thymulin increased rapidly, reaching normal levels after 1 week, but Zn-bound thymulin increased modestly during the first month of treatment and more after 3 and 6 months of treatment. There was no age-related difference in plasma thymulin levels during therapy. We conclude that oral Zn administration in patients with CRF significantly increases both total and Zn-bound thymulin, but does not modify basal and TRH-stimulated serum PRL levels.” – Source
These results suggest it may be worth to take zinc supplement before sexual intercourse. Personally I never do that, I usually take it right before going to sleep. I alternate between Zinc picolinate, and zinc glycinate or OptiZinc, all of them are good choices. Zinc is really important mineral to human’s hormones and sexual functions. It might be worth to supplement zinc even you are not interested reduce prolactin levels.
Cloves Syzygium aromaticum
Cloves were mainly used as spice, but lately it has also become popular as aphrodisiac and testosterone booster. Unfortunately with cloves you have to rely on people’s experiences and animal studies.
There are currently no human studies if cloves can influence prolactin levels in humans. However, there are animal studies where cloves have shown good results.
It is definitely possible to lower prolactin levels with natural supplements and herbs. However, it really depends on each individual how it affects their sex drive and ability to have an erection after orgasm. The refractory period is also depended on many factors, like age, genetics, general sex drive and even partners attractiveness to you, and in my experience your partners sexual lust towards you also affects it greatly. So remember that supplements or herbs are just one part of the bigger picture.
Please note these are just my notes and experiences from the products I’ve used to “hack” my erection and refractory period. This list is not yet complete and I may further update this in the future. Everything here is for information purposes, not a medical advice. I’ll only share what worked for me, and I am in no way implying that these results are typical. As always its good to check with your doctor before you start to use any supplements. Especially if you are using medications or suffering from a disease.