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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Is it normal for a woman who is not pregnant to lactate?

Is it normal for a woman who is not pregnant to lactate?

No: There are several causes for non pregnant lactation and the first step is to see if your blood Prolactin level is elevated or not by your MD. ...Read more

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Why do women lactate, and is not pregnant?

Why do women lactate, and is not pregnant?

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. ...Read more

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How often do women lactate when they are not pregnant?

How often do women lactate when they are not pregnant?

Depends of if there: is a reason for it. 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. ...Read more

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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?

Is it normal for women not pregnant to lactate ? Does it mean something more if it's only in one breast and not bilateral?

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. ...Read more

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Why am I lactating if I'm not pregnant?

Why am I lactating if I'm not pregnant?

Not sure: 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. ...Read more

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Can it be normal to lactate when your not pregnant?

Can it be normal to lactate when your not pregnant?

No: It's not normal to lactate when not pregnant. Get evaluated by a gynecologist or board certified reproductive endocrinologist. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What could be the reason that I am lactating when i'm not pregnant?

What could be the reason that I am lactating when i'm 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, testosterone deficiency in men ; significant breast stimulation. ...Read more

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I'm not pregnant and i'm lightly lactating, its also black. Only on the left side. I had lactation at 16 but all test ran came back normal. I'm 32?

I'm not pregnant and i'm lightly lactating, its also black. Only on the left side. I had lactation at 16 but all test ran came back normal. I'm 32?

Breast issue: Possibly this is from a small growth in the nipple of the breast. The black drainage is likely old blood. You need to be seen and get a mammogram to check this out. Don't ignore this. ...Read more

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Lactate (Definition)

Lactation is the act of making breast milk. The chemical lactate is lactic acid, a product of glucose metabolism. If there are abnormalities of the kidney or the metabolism of glucose, Lactic Acid may be high. Don't confuse lactate with lactose, which is the sugar found in milk that causes gas and cramps in people ...Read more


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