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Breasts Producing Milk But Not Pregnant
Both breasts are producing milk, though not pregnant and on psychiatric medication (ritx) what is it? Husband has taken it, what to do?
Galactorrhea: Is the production of breast milk when not pregnant, a condition caused by increased levels of the hormone prolactin, produced in the hypophysis. There are many reasons for that to happen, therefore is necessary to rule it out soon. Psychiatric medications can be a reason. A gynecological and endocrinologic consultation should be requested. Please talk to your primary doctor as soon as possible.See 3 more doctor answers
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Yes: Excess production of a hormone called prolactin can cause a milky breast discharge. This should be evaluated by a doctor, since it can indicate a pituitary tumor. Breast stimulation can also produce milk, if done often and long enough. This has been used by adoptive mothers to nurse their babies.
Yes: If your prolactin level is high that can happen. Also certain medications can cause that. And sometimes a problem locally in the breast can cause. If that is happening I would see your obgyn to figure things out.
Yes but not normal: There are many concerns when a non pregnant individual produces breast milk including the possibilty of a brain tumor which is initially evaluated with blood tests. Even young neonates may occasionally produce milk from circulating maternal prolactin and on occasion women who undergo breast augmentation may briefly produce milk. Mhowever in the vast majority of cases this is not normal.See 1 more doctor answer
See doc: Breast milk production (lactation) without being pregnant usually is a sign of an endocrine problem. Whatever is coming from the breast may not be milk, but it still warrants a work-up to figure out what is going on.
Possibly: Some tumors and medication side effects can cause secretion of milk (galactorrhea).
Producing breast milk, definitely not pregnant. Never breastfed, no visible tumor on mri. Why could this be happening?
Elevated prolactin: Milk production is generally a result of elevated prolactin. Besides tumor, prolactin can be elevated in response to significant stress, hypothyroidism, repetitive nipple stimulation, and other body tumors. Drugs, especially certain psychotropic medications, and marijuana are known to raise levels.
Curious: why would breasts produce milk with certain medication in non-pregnant women and what would this mean?
It's benign.: Some medications may cause alteration in hormone production or secretion. This may lead to stimulation of milk producing cells or glands in the breast and causes milk production or secretion. This is benign (not pathological) and should not cause any medical problems or harm. It's more of an inconvenience than any serious health problems or issues.
Eval: There are a number of possible causes for galactorrhea. Please consult with your physician.
Galactorrhea: Possible causes for galactorrhea include but are not limited to use of birth control pills, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic meds, some sedatives, fennel, anise, fenugreek, some hypertension meds, cocaine, opioids, hypothyroidism, prolactinoma, renal dz, pregnancy, testosterone deficiency in men ; significant breast stimulation.
Galactorrhea: Possibly. Galactorrhea can occur due to taking certain meds or having specific tumors.
Not necessarily: Drug allergic reactions can be unpredictable. A person's immune response to a medication could be by several different mechanisms leading to a variety of different types of reactions. It's possible that the reaction would worsen with continued taking of the medication and that is why a medication is stopped when a person is having a reaction. Sometimes the reaction continues but does not worsen.
Have dry spots around and on breasts. Could this have something to do with the milk being produced during pregnancy?
Dry up milk: TO dry up milk production, put ice packs wrapped in towels on your breasts 15 minutes out of every hour while awake. Wear a very tight bra. Avoid hot showers. There are also prescription medications that can help dry you up - for these call your OB/GYN.See 1 more doctor answer
I had a baby 9 months ago and the milk I had in my breasts disappeared now all of a sudden it appeared does tht mean I can be pregnant?
Possibly.: Did you breast feed your baby, if so when did you stop. Are you using protection to avoid pregnancy? You can get pregnant after having a baby even before your periods return, so birth control is essential. That being said, once a woman has given birth, it is not unusual for her to secrete small amounts of milk from the breasts on occasion, especially if there is a lot of breast handling and stim.
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