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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. ...Read more

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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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What might cause lactation if i'm not pregnant?

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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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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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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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