can a woman lactate when not pregnant

Can your breasts lactate when you're not pregnant?

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Yes


This is certainly possible and can occur from certain medical conditions (prolactinoma, eg) or medications. Not all breast discharges are normal lactation though and there are other breast related diagnoses that might need to be considered. Probably good to speak with your gyn or primary care provider
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Can it be normal to lactate when your not pregnant?

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No


It's not normal to lactate when not pregnant. Get evaluated by a gynecologist or board certified reproductive endocrinologist.
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Lactating not pregnant had hysterectomy 10 years ago hot flashes and boils can all be related ?

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Dr. Jeff M. Livingston
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Not likely


It is unlikely these problems are related. Each should be evaluated
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Why do women lactate, and is not pregnant?

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Could be too much pr


prolactin, you need to see your gyn, no breast stimulation for 48 hrs before and he can draw a prolactin level - blood test and then examine your breasts after to r/o problems, if the prolactin level is too high sometimes it can be associated with a pituitary tumor which can be daignosed by MRI if necessary
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What could be the reason that I am lactating when i'm not pregnant?

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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.
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If you are not pregnant, and your clothes are too small, it is time to start exercising and dieting.

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Is there a reason why I am lactating not pregnant but on my period?

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Galactorrhea?


Lactation (milk secretion) usually occurs after delivery of a baby. If you have not been pregnant then this should be assessed. Sometimes galactorrhea can be caused as a medication side effect or from a tumor.
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Why am I lactating? I know I am not pregnant because I just got off the depo shot in september

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Not uncommon


Lactating is not uncommon and most often not serious. Changes in hormone levels can trigger it. Since you recently stopped Depo, get a pregnancy test. Blood tests checking hormone levels such as thyroid and prolactin can be helpful. Very rarely tumors (usually not cancerous) may be a cause. Finally, some medications, especially psychiatric ones can cause lactation. Check with your doctor.
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If i was never pregnant, and am not pregnant, and am mastitis or lactating, what could be the problem?

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See your doctor


Prolactin is the hormone that stimulates lactation.If you are lactating and are not pregnant or recently delivered you want to see your doctor and be evaluated.

Why do you lactate and your not pregnant. I had a child three years ago and it still comes out after i shower.

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Galactorrhea


Sometimes there are hormonal imbalances that can lead to persistent breast milk production, and you would need a blood test to determine that. Let your doctor know that this is happening, and s/he can order the tests. If those all come back normal, then your doc may want to have a breast imaging test done to be sure there's no physical problems before you accept this as the "new normal" for you.
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Is it normal for women not pregnant to lactate ? Does it mean something more if it's only in one breast and not bilateral?

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No


Lactation without pregnancy is an indication of some hormonal disturbance. You should visit your doctor and let him examine you and order tests to make sure your pituitory gland(located under the brain) is healthy. Sometimes a small Adenoma(prolactinoma) in the pituitory gland can cause lactation like you have . It may require blood tests and X-Rays of this gland to check you for this condition.
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