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lactation and not pregnant

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 19, 2009
  • 06:39 PM

I have a cream colored fluid coming out of my breasts. I had a tubal ligation 8 years ago and my period 10 days ago. Is this normal to Lactate but not be pregnant?

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  • Try here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nipple-discharge/WO00093
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 06:51 PM
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  • Have you ever been breastfeeding? Is the fluid coming from both breasts? I think that you need to see a doctor to check your prolactin levels. The doctor might want to refer you to an endocrinologist to examine it further. The worst scenario is a tumor on the pituary gland. But that is the worst scenario, so please don’t worry. Let us know how it goes. Good luck! :)
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 08:16 PM
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  • This happened to my wife. It was due to some new medication she was on, they took her off it and she stopped lactating. Hope that helps some.
    Sir Coughsalot 31 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 09:06 PM
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  • And it looked exactly as it did from when she was lactating after the children were born.
    Sir Coughsalot 31 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 09:09 PM
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  • I have it as well and I am 51..nursed two children haven't felt like this in 20 years. Went to an Endrochronologist today-low estrogen, might be a pituitary tumor-usually benign..I am healthy, exercise, lot's of stress but I thought I managed it. Should I have an MRI at my cost? I am self insured and not alot of money right now. I am thinking it is just another sign of menopause. any thoughts are appreciated. Thank You
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 22, 2009
    • 00:50 AM
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  • It is possible for lactation to start to happen naturally with a lot of breast/nipple stimulation over time... eg if your partner really likes breasts It could also be some kind of infection. I once had the cat bite me throu my t-shirt and ended up with a breast infection and hence then had to go onto antibiotics. best to probably go to your doctor and get it checked out. breast cancer can cause breast secretion too. There are so many different things which could cause a secretion from that area to occur.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • January 22, 2009
    • 05:56 AM
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  • I have had exactly the same problem for 5 years!It started when I came of the pill after 16 years. At the time it started I went to the doctor and they took some blood tests to check my hormone levels in particular my prolactin level and all was normal! So they then sent me to a breast specialist who also concluded that everything seemed normal and told me that it will probably sort it's self out when you have children!I then has the non-hormonal coil inserted for contraception as I didn't want to use anything that may affect my hormones. 5 years on and it still happening and now we are trying to start a family. Have been trying for 7 months with no success so I'm seeing the doctor on Monday to discuss things and will raise this issue with them again. It can't be normal and there has to be a reason for it?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 04:23 PM
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  • I was miss diagnosed for 6 years, first symptom was lactation when I hadnt been pregnant for 12 years. in fact I had a hystorectomy. first doc said my husband was over minipulating my breast. I had a Pituitary adinoma, very common, benign. But just because benign doesnt mean not serious. Can lead to many other problems as I found out. became hypoglycemic, lossed sex drive, bad head aches and blurred vision. Had days when energy levels were so low couldnt hardle get out of bed. DO NOT leave it unchecked. It can be a very simple fix, meducation most of the time. When there big (rare) there is surgery minimally invasive. AGAIN DO NOT LEAVE UNCHECKED. Your doctor can run blood test to check prolactin levels, or do an MRI. That is the best way to find it. There is only one medication that can make you have breast milk and it is not commonly given. Go to the doctor and request the blood test. Do some more research. Type Pituitary adinoma in Google. Get treatment, you will feel so much better.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was miss diagnosed for 6 years, first symptom was lactation when I hadnt been pregnant for 12 years. in fact I had a hystorectomy. first doc said my husband was over minipulating my breast. I had a Pituitary adinoma, very common, benign. But just because benign doesnt mean not serious. Can lead to many other problems as I found out. became hypoglycemic, lossed sex drive, bad head aches and blurred vision. Had days when energy levels were so low couldnt hardle get out of bed. DO NOT leave it unchecked. It can be a very simple fix, meducation most of the time. When there big (rare) there is surgery minimally invasive. AGAIN DO NOT LEAVE UNCHECKED. Your doctor can run blood test to check prolactin levels, or do an MRI. That is the best way to find it. There is only one medication that can make you have breast milk and it is not commonly given. Go to the doctor and request the blood test. Do some more research. Type Pituitary adinoma in Google. Get treatment, you will feel so much better.hi there, could you tell me if you had tests done prior to MRI or CT. I have exact same symptoms, and awaiting MRI. Hormone levels were 'satisfactory'. Thank you
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 9, 2010
    • 01:36 PM
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  • I have it as well and I am 51..nursed two children haven't felt like this in 20 years. Went to an Endrochronologist today-low estrogen, might be a pituitary tumor-usually benign..I am healthy, exercise, lot's of stress but I thought I managed it. Should I have an MRI at my cost? I am self insured and not alot of money right now. I am thinking it is just another sign of menopause. any thoughts are appreciated. Thank YouHi, YES, absolutely you should have an MRI. There are many kinds of pituitary tumors, and one called a prolactinoma is a tumor that grows on the pituitary and produces prolactin. As it grows the prolactin levels increase, and that can cause symptoms. There are other sorts of pituitary tumors as well, and these can effect other hormones. If there is any suspicion that you have a pituitary tumor, you need to get an MRI asap. Some of them can cause serious damage to the gland, the sinuses or the optic nerve if they get big enough. Just because they're not cancerous doesn't mean they're benign- I know from experience. If it's a prolactinoma the first line of treatment is usually to treat with a dopamine agonist to shrink the tumor. This works for most people. I hope you do pursue an MRI just to make sure and good luck.
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  • I have a cream colored fluid coming out of my breasts. I had a tubal ligation 8 years ago and my period 10 days ago. Is this normal to Lactate but not be pregnant?It is normal, it is all hormonal.
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  • I had this problem twice. The first time, it was nothing serious. I had torn a duct and it was leaking.The second time I had the problem, it was cancer. Therefore, I highly recommend you go see your doctor just in case.
    YvetteM 20 Replies
    • October 5, 2010
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  • I am a 43 yr old woman that has been lactating since 1994. I have had one live child birth and a few abortions since that time. The last abortion has been in 2004 and I've still been lactating since that time. If I drink lots of fluids my breasts fill up and become engourged and painful. if I dont express then they become hardened and very sore. I've noticed that if I dont drink anything during the day then keeping them empty is much easier.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2010
    • 01:05 AM
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  • I'm 19, never been pregnant and I'm pretty sure I'm not now. I noticed a small amount of milky like substance around a month ago and it wont go away... It only comes out if I squeeze my breasts and it's on both sides, I often get headaches/ migraines with blurry vision... Should I go to the Doctor? I'm not sure if I'm more worried about being pregnant or now I know it could be a tumour... What do I do?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 3, 2011
    • 01:57 AM
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  • I have had exactly the same problem for 5 years!It started when I came of the pill after 16 years. At the time it started I went to the doctor and they took some blood tests to check my hormone levels in particular my prolactin level and all was normal! So they then sent me to a breast specialist who also concluded that everything seemed normal and told me that it will probably sort it's self out when you have children!I then has the non-hormonal coil inserted for contraception as I didn't want to use anything that may affect my hormones. 5 years on and it still happening and now we are trying to start a family. Have been trying for 7 months with no success so I'm seeing the doctor on Monday to discuss things and will raise this issue with them again. It can't be normal and there has to be a reason for it?Hi there i know this is from a long time ago but did your issue ever sort out? I have been lactating for almost 2 years now without cause, no elevated prolactin levels, no endocrine issue (went to specialist) was just curious if they ever did figure out what was going on with you, it drives me crazy, and i dont think its right that doctors can just shrug it off as normal when i think its now, i am 23 years old very health female so i am just baffeled!!! thx so muchcandace
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • What medication is that?I was miss diagnosed for 6 years, first symptom was lactation when I hadnt been pregnant for 12 years. in fact I had a hystorectomy. first doc said my husband was over minipulating my breast. I had a Pituitary adinoma, very common, benign. But just because benign doesnt mean not serious. Can lead to many other problems as I found out. became hypoglycemic, lossed sex drive, bad head aches and blurred vision. Had days when energy levels were so low couldnt hardle get out of bed. DO NOT leave it unchecked. It can be a very simple fix, meducation most of the time. When there big (rare) there is surgery minimally invasive. AGAIN DO NOT LEAVE UNCHECKED. Your doctor can run blood test to check prolactin levels, or do an MRI. That is the best way to find it. There is only one medication that can make you have breast milk and it is not commonly given. Go to the doctor and request the blood test. Do some more research. Type Pituitary adinoma in Google. Get treatment, you will feel so much better.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • HiI have a condition called prolactinoma. It is a benign tumour on my pituitary gland. It is too small to be identified on an MRI (I had one done 2 years ago and showed nothing), however the syptoms fit and the medication controls the symptoms, so therefore I received the diagnosis. The doctors do not seem particularly concerned. Apparently it is a condition you can live happily with your whole life, as long as you keep taking medication to control it. I am on Parlodel (bromocriptine). It is a dopamine receptor agonist and suppresses the excess prolactin I am producing. If there is a tumour there, it shrinks it, even to the point where it may eventually disappear and I may be weaned off the medication.Blood tests confirmed I had high prolactin, which wasn't surprising as my symptoms starting after breastfeeding my first child. However I never stopped lactating and my periods never returned, long after I stopped breastfeeding. Usually this condition is accompanied by lack of periods as the high prolactin inhibits whatever hormone it is that causes an egg to be released, so if this is true of anyone too, then you might have the same condition. After a few months on medication, my fertility returned and I had another child. I came off the medication when pregnant, breastfed the baby and when I stopped breastfeeding, again, the milk didn't. The hospital refuse to do another MRI. They say blood tests alone are good enough to know of there has been any change. I am awaiting the results of my blood test but fully expect it to show high prolactin and be back on the medication. I lactate from one breast, have no periods, the odd headache (but that could be anything), and no sex drive. No vision problems, but the doctor did test me as this is a common symptom too. This happens when the tumour presses against the optic nerve as they are very close together.There's no point in panicking if this does sound like you too. I did but apparently it is just one of those conditions that sound scary but a pill every day (or once a week if you go on a different kind) will solve all the problems. I tell myself that people live with worse, like diabetes or epilepsy or bad asthma and so it isn't so bad really. But you do need to be checked out and go on medication. The condition is only bad if left untreated as then the swelling of the pituitary gland can grow. I am not sure what else could cause lactation. It is definitely hormonal but what is causing the pituitary gland to produce excess prolactin is the bit I am not too sure about. I mean, my doctors say it is a micro-sized benign growth, but in other people it might not be. The good news is, that if you ever have a baby, you will be an excellent breastfeeder :)My doctors (endocrinologists at a National Health Service hospital in London) are very relaxed about it and see no reason why I can't have another child.Hope this helps anyone and good luck.
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  • My last child is ten years old. I have been lactating occasionally since then. I had an MRI, about four years ago and it showed nothing, so my doctor dismissed it as nothing. ... I still have occasional lactation and wonder if I should be concerned?Echo
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