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what is Galactorrhea?

By Anonymous June 5, 2009 - 9:51pm
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I have been having a thick discharge that comes out of the sides of both nipples. I also have been having a watery discharge that has been coming from the tip of the nipple.
This has been getting more constant in the last few months along with irregular periods.
Many years ago I had my niples pierced, and I thought the thicker discharge, that use to only happen every once in a while was the because I had the pierced before. But, now it's happenning a lot..
I breast fed my son for 2 years and had no issues.????

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Dear Anon, how did you come up with the diagnosis? Have you seen your doctor for this problem?

According to the Mayo Clinic:"Galactorrhea is a milky nipple discharge unrelated to the normal milk production of breast-feeding. Galactorrhea itself isn't a disease, but it's a sign of an underlying problem. Although it occurs most often in women, galactorrhea can happen in men and even sometimes in infants."

They go on to say that: "Excessive breast stimulation, medication side effects, or disorders of the hypothalamus or pituitary glands all may contribute to galactorrhea. Often, galactorrhea results from increased levels of prolactin, the hormone that stimulates milk production."

You can learn more about it by visiting the Mayo Clinic website at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/galactorrhea/DS00761

June 5, 2009 - 10:20pm
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