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Can a woman get a breast infection if she is not producing milk?

Can a woman get a breast infection if she is not producing milk?

Yes.: Breast infections are often associated with milk production, however, it is possible for women to develop infections in the absence of lactation. Risk factors include diabetes and injury to the breast. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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It could be possible that a girl produce breast milk if not pregnant?

It could be possible that a girl produce breast milk if not pregnant?

Possibly: Some tumors and medication side effects can cause secretion of milk (galactorrhea). ...Read more

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Is it harmful for a girl to produce breast milk without being pregnant?

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a virgin woman's breasts to produce milk?

Is it possible for a virgin woman's breasts to produce milk?

It could occur: As a side effect of certain medications or with specific tumors. Galactorrhea. ...Read more

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If a woman has a sex change operation and becomes a man, can she still get breast cancer?

If a woman has a sex change operation and becomes a man, can she still get breast cancer?

Possibly: I would imagine risk is much lower because of the mastectomies and removal of ovaries, depending on stage of transformation. ...Read more

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Is it hard or impossible for a woman to breastfeed her child if she had a breast implant or breast reduction?

Is it hard or impossible for a woman to breastfeed her child if she had a breast implant or breast reduction?

Possibly: Depending on the surgical technique, milk production may be affected very little or very much. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon since s/he will be able to determine which technique is most appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your breats to produce some milk even if youre not pregnant?

Is it normal for your breats to produce some milk even if youre not pregnant?

ToLeakOrNotToLeak: There's a small chance of that, but before you jump to that conclusion you should make sure it's not from other treatable causes, like certain medications, thyroid problems, endocrine/pituitary,etc. It's a pretty straightforward investigation so find a good internist or endocrinologist (or even a bad one who knows how to read a protocol). In the meantime,put some tissue or cotton pads in your bra. ...Read more

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If a woman doesn't have fully developed breasts, is it still possible for her to get breast cancer?

If a woman doesn't have fully developed breasts, is it still possible for her to get breast cancer?

Yes: By not having fully developed breasts, do you mean, pre-pubertal? Or do you mean smaller breasts? Breast cancer is dependent on many factors, many of which we know, and may of which we don't. Yes, it is possible in smaller breasted women, and is also possible in men. ...Read more

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Is it normal for breast milk to leak out your breasts after 1 year of having a Baby? Or can you be pregnant again?

Is it normal for breast milk to leak out your breasts after 1 year of having a Baby?  Or can you be pregnant again?

Can be normal but...: There are many conditions that can lead to galactorrhea (the term for milk discharge in the absence of pregnancy or breast feeding) Some causes can be as benign as stimulation during sexual activity and others can be serious. You should see your doctor to discuss a workup. see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/galactorrhea/basics/causes/con-20025628 ...Read more

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Is it possible to produce milk or colostrum if you aren't pregnant?

Is it possible to produce milk or colostrum if you aren't pregnant?

Yes: Many women who have had children and have breastfeed will go on having small amounts of dried colostrum that appears on the nipples. If there is a larger amount of discharge, then it is necessary to see your doctor to check for other issues that could cause lactation or nipple discharge ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dried breast milk if you have never given birth?

Is it possible to get dried breast milk if you have never given birth?

Dried?: Well breast milk does not leave the body as dried milk. There may be some material expressed from the nipple without pregnancy. Galactorrhea can occur with certain medications & tumors. ...Read more

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Is it true if you had a maternal aunt with breast cancer you are more likely to get it?

Is it true if you had a maternal aunt with breast cancer you are more likely to get it?

True!: Yes. Family history of breast cancer in second degree relatives increases the risk of breast cancer but only modestly. Family history in a first degree relative is a much stronger risk factor. In addition, if the family member is diagnosed younger age, the risk is higher than if he/she was diagnosed at older age. ...Read more

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What can cause high Prolactin level in a woman who is not pregnant, not breastfeeding or producing breast milk?

What can cause high Prolactin level in a woman who is not pregnant, not breastfeeding or producing breast milk?

Hyperprolactinemia: Non pregnancy/breastfeeding reasons for high prolactin levels can be due to pituitary secreting excess prolactin (idiopathic prolactinemia), liver disease (cirrhosis), kidney disease, hypothyroidism, chest trauma and stress. Medications can also increase prolactin including psychiatric and gastrointestinal drugs. Estrogens and verapamil can also elevate prolactin levels. ...Read more

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What could cause water to come out of a woman's breast if she is not pregnant?

What could cause water to come out of a woman's breast if she is not pregnant?

?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,& significant breast stimulation. ...Read more

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What makes breast milk to come out from a woman that is not pregnant?

What makes breast milk to come out from a woman that is not pregnant?

Breast milk: If you are not pregnant and are producing milk, please consult your gyn. There are a variety of causes that the gyn will discuss and look for. ...Read more

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If a woman has a yeast infection but is having sex (with a condom, or without) will it harm the man?

If a woman has a yeast infection but is having sex (with a condom, or without) will it harm the man?

No: We all normally have yeast on our skin, so his penis being exposed to your yeast is nothing it's already not used to. So go for it - but please use condom unless in a monogamous relationship to prevent other std's and unwanted pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Dhaval Shah
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