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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

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

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!

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Can a womans breast lactate without being pregnant?

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.

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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.

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

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.

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Can your breasts lactate when you're not pregnant?

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.

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Can your breast lactate without being pregnat?

Galactorrhea: Would not be normal without giving birth but can happen. Please see your physician for evaluation if this is happening to you.

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How long after pregnancy does the breast lactates milk?

How long after pregnancy does the breast lactates milk?

Nursing: You will have breast milk as long as you keep breastfeeding the baby. If for some reason you decide to stop then you will stop making more milk although sometimes it is still present for few months.

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Why do pregnant women have swollen breasts? What is the biological reason behind it?

Why do pregnant women have swollen breasts? What is the biological reason behind it?

Hormones: In the pregnant women, her ovaries and other organs will produce hormones to support the uterus and the pregnancy. These also tend to cause breast gland growth and engorgement over the time of the pregnancy to get her body ready to nurse the infant after birth.

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What could cause colostrum/milk production in women under 30 who are not likely pregnant? Period is not yet late. Colostrum produced by both breasts

Prolactin: Breast milk is made in your breasts in response to a hormone produced in your pituitary called prolactin. Sometimes galactorrhea (milk production in the absence of a pregnancy) can be due to a tumor in the pituitary. Consider seeing a doctor to have your prolactin levels checked. Good luck!

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Will I lactate/how long will it take? I am a male and I play with my nipples/breasts (small but female tissue) about an hour or 2 a day usualy at once

Will I lactate/how long will it take? I am a male and I play with my nipples/breasts (small but female tissue) about an hour or 2 a day usualy at once

Playing with nipples: The amount of time you take to stimulate your breasts daily is abnormal. Suggest you obtain psychological counseling to help you to be more comfortable in your life.

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Why do women's breasts grow in pregnancy?

Pregnancy: A woman's breasts enlarge during pregnancy because estrogen is stimulating the milk ducts to enlarge to produce milk to feed the baby.

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What could be the problem when a woman whom is not pregnant, has milk coming out of her breasts.

What could be the problem when a woman whom is not pregnant, has milk coming out of her breasts.

Could be an issue: This may or may not truly be milk. In some cases, discharge may not be worrisome, but in other instances it can signal more serious issues. If it continues, you should see a gyn.

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Why do breast cancers grow fast in young pregnant women?

Why do breast cancers grow fast in young pregnant women?

Hormone driven: Some (but not all) types of breast cancer are driven (feed off) by hormones. Therefore in pregnant women with high hormones level, breast cancer may grow faster. It is analogous to how hormone replacement therapy has been linked to breast cancer in older women.

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Will enough breast pumping cause a nonpregnant woman to lactate?

Will enough breast pumping cause a nonpregnant woman to lactate?

Breast pumps, lactai: In non-pregnant women who are adopting a newborn, a combination of pumping, prolactin and a galactologue, such as domperidone, an orphan drug, will result in lactation after a few weeks. This should be done under the supervision of a physician who is a breastfeeding expert and follow one of the available protocols.

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Can pregnant women take medications or will it affect their breast milk?

Can pregnant women take medications or will it affect their breast milk?

Varies with the med: Some medications will transfer into breast milk and some do not. Whether or not their use is safe during breastfeeding is specific to the medication and or the dose. Discuss anything you need to take with the doc, letting them know your concern.

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If a baby suckles a woman who has never been pregnant, will woman eventually start to produce breast milk?

If a baby suckles a woman who has never been pregnant, will woman eventually start to produce breast milk?

Possibly: In the old days "wet nurses" would breast feed another woman's baby for a prolonged period, but most of these wet nurses originally started lactating from their own pregnancies.

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