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HELP!! I’m not pregnant but my breasts are producing milk

Dr. O.

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Have you ever woken up one morning to discover milk flowing from your breast(s) when you weren’t pregnant or breastfeeding? Or maybe it was accidentally discovered by your partner during foreplay?
If your answer is yes, then you’re experiencing a condition known as Galactorrhea.

 

Galactorrhea is milk secretion from the breast that is unrelated to breastfeeding, usually caused by an excess of a hormone called prolactin that is responsible for milk production.
Milk secretions may be spontaneous or require squeezing the milk out of the breasts and can occur in one or both breasts. It is usually a sign of an underlying medical problem.
Although it is usually seen in women, it can occur in men and infants too!

Some of the things that may cause galactorrhea include:

Disorders or tumours in the pituitary gland(part of the brain where prolactin is produced)

Excessive stimulation of the breast .eg. during sexual activity.

Damage to the nerves in chest wall caused by chest wall injuries or surgery.

Use of birth control pills.

Use of certain drugs.eg.antihypertensives.

In men, it is caused by a deficiency of testosterone (male sex hormone).

In babies, it is caused by high levels of estrogen(female sex hormones) in the baby’s blood passed on from the mother and usually subsides spontaneously with time.

Galactorrhea can usually be treated once underlying cause is discovered and appropriate treatment is administered.
If you’re experiencing any abnormal milk secretions from your breast(s), visit a standard hospital today to see a doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

 

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Dr.O is a graduate of the University of Szeged in Hungary who is on a mission to reduce the mortality rate in our society by creating awareness about preventable and non-preventable diseases and empowering people with the necessary knowledge and information they need to take charge of their health. checkwithdoctoro.com was co-founded by her as a means to fulfilling this mission. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) and Hungarian Medical Chamber certified doctor. When she is not busy looking for ways to make a difference in her environment, you can find her trying out new recipes in the kitchen or touring the world.