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Can a womans breast lactate without being pregnant?

Dr. Adam Hamawy
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Can a womans breast lactate without being pregnant?

Yes, but usually not: A woman's breast may lactate but usually this indicates a hormonal imbalance with the pituitary gland. If this is happening then you should be examined by a physician and may need blood test to check hormone levels. ...Read more

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What might cause lactation if i'm not pregnant?

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What might cause lactation if i'm not pregnant?

Prolactin, touching: Too much of this hormone, usually due to a benign pituitary tumor, can cause lactation without nipple stimulation. It is not abnormal to have some milk discharge with nipple stimulation. A prolactin blood test after abstaining from nipple stimulation overnight can help the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Joy Jackson
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Hi, i was wondering how long after conception does a woman experience pregnancy symptoms? I had my period on sept 30, 2011 and my husband and i had unprotected sex on oct 15, 2011. I have been feeling sick to my stomach throughout the day and my breasts

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The : The symptoms of pregnancy can start once implantation occurs. This typically happens about 8-10 days after ovulation. Based on your lmp of 8/30/11, you likely ovulated on or around 10/14/11, if in fact you conceived, then the timing for pregnancy symptoms is consistent. There are early prediction pregnancy tests in stores that can predict pregnancy a week before your next period is due. I suggest you take one to be sure, or you can always follow up with your primary care provider or gynecologist for testing. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a womans breast lactate without being pregnant?

Dr. Adam Hamawy
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Yes, but usually not: A woman's breast may lactate but usually this indicates a hormonal imbalance with the pituitary gland. If this is happening then you should be examined by a physician and may need blood test to check hormone levels. ...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?

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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?

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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Can women still lactate after not breast feeding for 17 months. Or am I pregnant again?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Can women still lactate after not breast feeding for 17 months. Or am I pregnant again?

Yes: Some women continue to produce small amounts of milk years after breastfeeding. Anytime you are concerned you might be pregnant the easiest thing to do is to check a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Can your breasts lactate when you're not pregnant?

Dr. William Lizarraga
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Can your breasts lactate when you're not pregnant?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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I took a medicine called nifty sr for a week and my breasts have started lactating. I am not pregnant. Is this due to the medicine? What should I do?

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I took a medicine called nifty sr for a week and my breasts have started lactating. I am not pregnant. Is this due to the medicine? What should I do?

See details: This med is Nitrofurantoin and is used to treat some urinary infections. It will not cause lactation. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why are my breasts lactating when i haven't even missed a period yet? Can i be pregnant?

Dr. Lonna Larsh
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Could be: But there are other possibilities. Reasons to have fluid leak from your breasts are several, including a pituitary abnormality or a side effect of a medication. It could just be from getting a lot of nipple stimulation. See your doctor to find out. ...Read more

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