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How long could the galactorrhea last?

How long could the galactorrhea last?

Good Question!: Knowing the cause of the galactorrhea determines how the condition is treated. Often it can be a simple as medication change. Psychotherapeutic drugs and GI drugs are often the simple culprit. Once cause is determined, the prolactin levels can be measured while the symptoms abate. ...Read more

Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez
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Galactorrhea (Definition)

Galactorrhea is a condition where milk flows from the breast at a time not associated with pregnancy, childbirth, or nursing. It can occur at any age and in both sexes. While it might be due to innocent benign processes and even medications/drugs, it needs evaluation to rule ...Read more


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How does galactorrhea happen?

How does galactorrhea happen?

Hormonal imbalance: Galactorrhea (breast milk production when not pregnant) can be caused by multiple events. Although our first thought is a pituitary (brain) overproduction of prolactin, frequently the cause can be be a thyroid disorder, side-effect of medication (anti-depressants, birth control pills), the result of scarring or injury to the chest wall, or even a side effect of marijuana use. ...Read more

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What should I do for a galactorrhea?

What should I do for a galactorrhea?

Good Question: Sounds like you have done some research. You need blood tests and a possible check of your pituitary gland. I would start with a gyn or endocrinologist or internist for the workup. ...Read more

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How is galactorrhea typically treated?

How is galactorrhea typically treated?

Depending on cause: Galactorrhea has to be first evaluated thoroughly to diagnose the underlying cause. Once identified, your doctor may target their treatment to that cause. In most cases, medical treatment is adequate and in some cases surgical treatment may be necessary. ...Read more

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How is galactorrhea typically diagnosed?

How is galactorrhea typically diagnosed?

By symptoms: Galactorrhea is diagnosed by symptoms. It is usually due to an elevation in your prolactin level, a hormone secreted from the pituitary gland. Prolactin can be elevated due to a tumor or by excessive nipple stimulation. Pituitary gland is located between the optic chiasm in the brain. If galactorrhea is due to a pituitary gland tumor, patient may have visual changes and/or headaches. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: galactorrhea?

What is the definition or description of: galactorrhea?

Milky breasts: Galactorrhea is a condition where milk flows from the breast at a time not associated with pregnancy, childbirth, or nursing. It can occur at any age and in both sexes. While it might be due to innocent benign processes and even medications/drugs, it needs evaluation to rule out potentially serious causes. ...Read more

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Can whiplash lead to galactorrhea?

Can whiplash lead to galactorrhea?

Yes, possibly: Injury to the pituitary stalk can potentially lead to galactorrhea (case reports available), although the impact would likely affect other hormones as well, leading to e.g. Diabetes insipidus. If I had a patient with post-traumatic galactorrhea i'd be suspicious of a pre-existing pituitary prolactinoma and get prolactin levels and brain MRI to rule out such a lesion. Treatment - medical first. ...Read more

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Galactorrhea and amenorrhea upon stopping bcps. Is this normal?

Galactorrhea and amenorrhea upon stopping bcps. Is this normal?

No and yes: Amenorrhea can happen after stopping pills but should not last more than 6 months. Galactorrhea is not. You should consider seeing a gyn, or a medical or reproductive endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of galactorrhea caused by nipple stimulation?

What are the consequences of galactorrhea caused by nipple stimulation?

Not much: Other than making a mess in your bra this is typically a benign condition. ...Read more

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What are the consequenses of galactorrhea caused by nipple stimulation?

It means: You have increased your prolactin, which can lead to weight gain, abnormal periods, etc. Over long term, but that is generally only with much higher elevations than you can achieve with nipple stimulation. Enjoy. ...Read more

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Is galactorrhea related to infertility? What are tests for pituitary tumor?

Is galactorrhea related to infertility? What are tests for pituitary tumor?

Maybe: If galactorrhea is related to elevated prolactin levels, that often affects your periods and your hormone production and can lead to infertility. Sometimes testing is needed for a pituitary tumor, and that usually involved an MRI of the pituitary. ...Read more

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What could cause milky green dual nipple galactorrhea in a male with normal prolactin levels? Ongoing since age 13. Nipples are never stimulated.

What could cause milky green dual nipple galactorrhea in a male with normal prolactin levels? Ongoing since age 13. Nipples are never stimulated.

Not worrisome: It sounds like this has been going on for a while (12 years). That, and the bilaterality, suggest that this is not something you need to be worried about. Figuring out what the cause is harder. Are the breasts enlarged (gynecomastia)? Are there any medications? Has anyone confirmed galactorrhea (not all discharges contain milk). Assay for altered forms of prolactin (macroprolactin). ...Read more

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Age- 19 year 9 month. Sex - Female. TSH 13.26, Prolactin 28.04. Both nipples are discharging. Color is pale white. Is it GALACTORRHEA?

Age- 19 year 9 month. Sex - Female. TSH 13.26, Prolactin 28.04. Both nipples are discharging. Color is pale white. Is it GALACTORRHEA?

Depends....: Depending on your reproductive status, period, other medications....these values to be interpreted. Discuss with PMD.....it may mean a pituitary tumor also. ...Read more

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Can I get pregnant if I have galactorrhea.? Hormone and thyroid levels are fine. I also haven't had a period in 4 months. Can I get pregnant?

Can I get pregnant if I have galactorrhea.? Hormone and thyroid levels are fine. I also haven't had a period in 4 months. Can I get pregnant?

Yes: But if your galactorrhea is due to an elevated prolactin level, that can make you relatively or absolutely infertile -- as can other metabolic problems such as obesity, pcos, etc. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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"Galactorrhea" from both breasts, 1 clear, 1 milky, upon squeezing only. Prolactin, thyroid, blood tests all "norm".Should I get further testing? Not preg

Yes: Mary there can be many reasons for your observation. You have had somewhat of a work up but would stop squeezing and if it persists check with a good Internal medicine doctor or endocrinologist ...Read more

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TSH 13.26, taking medicine of hypothyroidism since 2week, nipples are discharging now, color is pale white. What is the reason? Is it Galactorrhea?

TSH 13.26, taking medicine of hypothyroidism since 2week, nipples are discharging now, color is pale white. What is the reason? Is it Galactorrhea?

YES GALACTORRHEA: Yes you can get Galactorrhea in Thyroid disorder with elevated TSH due to Hypothyroidism as it is known to increase Prolactin Level After treatment with Thyroid Hormone therapy the Prolactin level comes down as TSH comes to normal level and Galactorrhea will stop ...Read more

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Can women suffering from galactorrhea cause HIV or some kind of bacterial or fungal infection in adults from sucking those breast?

Can women suffering from galactorrhea cause HIV or some kind of bacterial or fungal infection in adults from sucking those breast?

No: An adult sucking a breast with galactorrhea will not cause HIV in either party. Your profile states unprotected sex, if the sex is with multiple partners, that is a greater risk of catching HIV or other sexually transmitted infection. ...Read more