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lactation from an early age.

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  • Posted By: axewound
  • January 31, 2009
  • 07:26 AM

Hello all,
I am currently 20 years old and wondering if anyone can help me figure out a mystery that has plagued me since my childhood.
Since I was 13 years old, I have lactated when pressure is applied to my nipples. I first noticed around the time I began my period; it's a white, sometimes yellowish liquid that sometimes squirts and other times just oozes when I pinch my nipples. I told my mother about it when I was younger but I think she wrote it off, not knowing what to think.
A little medical history:
I have been diagnosed with ADD and clinical depression and have been on just about every name brand anti-depressant on the market, starting when I was 14 or 15 years old. Around the same time I also started on birth control, and have been on about three different brands. (NOTE: I started BC pills a few years after I first noticed the lactation.) I am currently being tested for Executive Functioning Disorder by my therapist. This may be pointless information, but I'm hoping that someone might recognize a symptom or two that could pull the puzzle together.
I have discussed this matter with several doctors, and am usually told that it's "probably a side effect of the BC", "it's nothing to be worried about" or I am written off in some other way. I also used to browse the internet searching for things like "lactation without pregnancy" or "lactation from an early age" to no avail, so after a while I just gave up.
I recently brought it to the attention of a new Doctor, who seemed appalled that no one else payed attention to this symptom. She said it could be caused by a "pituitary tumor" or something similar.
Can anyone tell me anything about this, or at least give me some other possibilities? Does anyone have any knowledge about or experience with lactation at an early age? Could it possibly just be lactation for no reason or is it certain that this is a symptom of a larger problem?
The reason I am writing this is because I'm currently wringing my hands with worry of what this could mean, and cursing myself for not pursuing my questions with more conviction earlier in my life. I am awaiting the blood test with baited breath, but I want to prepare myself for the worst or at least be informed about what this could mean.
No matter how you slice it, "tumor" is never a happy word.
Please help.
Thanks.
-axe

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  • I have not much useful information for you. Just wanted to say well done on chasing it up. If you know something is not right with your body keep pursueing it till you get the bottom of it. Sounds like you have been through enough with your other conditions, I hope you get a break with this one. Fingers crossed for a good blood result.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2009
    • 04:17 AM
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  • Hello all,I am currently 20 years old and wondering if anyone can help me figure out a mystery that has plagued me since my childhood.Since I was 13 years old, I have lactated when pressure is applied to my nipples. I first noticed around the time I began my period; it's a white, sometimes yellowish liquid that sometimes squirts and other times just oozes when I pinch my nipples. I told my mother about it when I was younger but I think she wrote it off, not knowing what to think.A little medical history:I have been diagnosed with ADD and clinical depression and have been on just about every name brand anti-depressant on the market, starting when I was 14 or 15 years old. Around the same time I also started on birth control, and have been on about three different brands. (NOTE: I started BC pills a few years after I first noticed the lactation.) I am currently being tested for Executive Functioning Disorder by my therapist. This may be pointless information, but I'm hoping that someone might recognize a symptom or two that could pull the puzzle together.I have discussed this matter with several doctors, and am usually told that it's "probably a side effect of the BC", "it's nothing to be worried about" or I am written off in some other way. I also used to browse the internet searching for things like "lactation without pregnancy" or "lactation from an early age" to no avail, so after a while I just gave up.I recently brought it to the attention of a new Doctor, who seemed appalled that no one else payed attention to this symptom. She said it could be caused by a "pituitary tumor" or something similar.Can anyone tell me anything about this, or at least give me some other possibilities? Does anyone have any knowledge about or experience with lactation at an early age? Could it possibly just be lactation for no reason or is it certain that this is a symptom of a larger problem?The reason I am writing this is because I'm currently wringing my hands with worry of what this could mean, and cursing myself for not pursuing my questions with more conviction earlier in my life. I am awaiting the blood test with baited breath, but I want to prepare myself for the worst or at least be informed about what this could mean.No matter how you slice it, "tumor" is never a happy word.Please help.Thanks.-axeHi axe,You said it well..."No matter how you slice it, "tumor" is never a happy word."You're not lactating for NO reason at all. Your breasts will produce milk under only two circumstances...actual pregnancy or a situation where, hormonally, your brain is falsely convinced that your uterus is occupied! There must be something causing your lactation...especially if it has occurred routinely since you were 13. (Much too young!)I don't believe that your psych history or current psych meds are having a major impact on your breast milk production. Your BCP's, on the other hand, may well be a current factor.Pituitary adenomas (tumors) may secrete a hormone called prolactin which can definitely stimulate the breasts to the point of lactation. The good news is that tumors of this nature aren't always malignant. "Squirting" when the breast is stimulated or the nipple is squeezed is fairly common.Also, the thyroid gland can have a part in lactation. Both primary and secondary hyperthyroidism can stimulate the breasts to lactation, often just at menarche or closely following.You said above that the onset of lactation correlated with your first (?) menstrual period. Do current episodes of lactation correlate with your menstrual cycle or are you essentially producing at random?Be well,John<
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • Lactating can happen without any previous pregnancy but would be unusual without nipple stimulation to activate the hormone that causes the milk let down response. My wife has begin lactating several years ago without pregnancy and she found that she had a prolactin secreting tumor. Almost 25% of the population is estimated to have a pituitary tumor and of those tumors, prolactin secreting tumors are the most common.
    Clear-sky 76 Replies
    • January 13, 2010
    • 03:00 PM
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  • Hello all,I am currently 20 years old and wondering if anyone can help me figure out a mystery that has plagued me since my childhood.Since I was 13 years old, I have lactated when pressure is applied to my nipples. I first noticed around the time I began my period; it's a white, sometimes yellowish liquid that sometimes squirts and other times just oozes when I pinch my nipples. I told my mother about it when I was younger but I think she wrote it off, not knowing what to think.A little medical history:I have been diagnosed with ADD and clinical depression and have been on just about every name brand anti-depressant on the market, starting when I was 14 or 15 years old. Around the same time I also started on birth control, and have been on about three different brands. (NOTE: I started BC pills a few years after I first noticed the lactation.) I am currently being tested for Executive Functioning Disorder by my therapist. This may be pointless information, but I'm hoping that someone might recognize a symptom or two that could pull the puzzle together.I have discussed this matter with several doctors, and am usually told that it's "probably a side effect of the BC", "it's nothing to be worried about" or I am written off in some other way. I also used to browse the internet searching for things like "lactation without pregnancy" or "lactation from an early age" to no avail, so after a while I just gave up.I recently brought it to the attention of a new Doctor, who seemed appalled that no one else payed attention to this symptom. She said it could be caused by a "pituitary tumor" or something similar.Can anyone tell me anything about this, or at least give me some other possibilities? Does anyone have any knowledge about or experience with lactation at an early age? Could it possibly just be lactation for no reason or is it certain that this is a symptom of a larger problem?The reason I am writing this is because I'm currently wringing my hands with worry of what this could mean, and cursing myself for not pursuing my questions with more conviction earlier in my life. I am awaiting the blood test with baited breath, but I want to prepare myself for the worst or at least be informed about what this could mean.No matter how you slice it, "tumor" is never a happy word.Please help.Thanks.-axeOk I got something for ya don't worry your going to be just fine!!!! go see a endocrinologist and if you look up tumor on the pituitary gland they actually have medicine that shrinks the tumor cool right!!! Well hang in there don't worry think positive stop thinking negative!!!
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  • Hi...I know this is a long time from when you posted this but i thought maybe i might a help a little. I think you should listen to the doctor about the pituitary tumor. Why? Your symptoms sound very much like mine. I have a pituitary tumor. Most people do not find out that they have one until they are in theyre forties. I, however, found out when i was fifteen. I am still fifteen but will be sixteen soon. I have to have MRI's done on my brain every couple of months. I actually went to the doctor for problems with my period...when they did bloodwork some of my levels were high. So i had to gt and MRI done and there it was....a very small tumor. And, if you didnt know, Pituitary tumors are what causes whats called " giantism" Thats how people find out they have the tumor...they start growing. Your pituitary gland is what controls your growth hormones. So when the tumor gets big enough it can cause certain things to grow again(hands feet and forehead). Fortunately they found mine. It is a very slow-growing type of tumor. Anyway...i hope this helps if you havent already figured it out. You can google "pituitary tumors" it should tell you what you need to know. I think you definitely need to tell you doctor to do bloodwork and see if your prolactin and stuff is high.
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  • i have the same problem only its clear and a little sticky.i hope they find a cause for this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2010
    • 05:35 PM
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  • don't worry. always think positive . its common in about 25% of female population to lactate at one or other time like this without pregnancy. don't always squeez the nipples . actually the milk sacs in breast get filled with body fluid without pregnancy or child birth. its due to a minor misadjustment of the hormones . it happens with so many females at one or other time. so don't squeez and press your nipple out of curiosity to see this whitish or yellowish watery sticky liquid. believe in nature . its a part of your body and your body is functioning quite well. .... god bless...!!! BE POSITIVE ...
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  • I started lactating at 17 I am now 44 . No children . I have been through it all . Blood work , MRI , Brain and MRI breasts . I am trying to get a reduction and no doctor will touch you if you are lactating . All with me is normal . Just comes to show you that the medical field puts womens health on the back burner . If some guy had a part lactating you could be sure that it would have been fixed and covered by insurance right away !
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