My breasts have started to leak a white fluid, and they've been very sore lately. As well have been my nipples. I am not on any sort of medication to cause this except for I have been on the depo shot for about a year now. I have went to get my shot yet, so I've been off of birth control for about a week, in that time I haven't had any sex though. I haven't had any other signs of pregnancy yet, so I'm not sure what could cause this? So far all I've seen on here are that medications can cause this, menopause (but I'm only 17 years old), pregnancy, or another infection. What could be causing this?
Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out. You are suffering from Galactorrhea, or inappropriate lactation. This can occur in approximately 20 to 25 percent of women.
Lactation requires the presence of estrogen, progesterone and, most importantly, prolactin. The important causes of galactorrhea which need to be looked into are hormonal imbalance ( can be possible due to non taking of shot), pituitary adenomas, hypothyroidism, various medications like antidepressants, blood pressure medicines and certain tranquilizers & breast stimulation.
Important diagnostic tests include a pregnancy test, a prolactin level, kidney and thyroid function tests and, if indicated, magnetic resonance imaging of the brain to rule out prolactinoma of the pituitary gland. Hypothyroidism & Pituitary Prolactinomas can also cause a disturbance in the periods.
Iâll suggest consulting an endocrinologist for the same as it is not possible to make an online diagnosis.
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