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SEX DOCTOR: So scared of milk in my breasts.

Byline: Dr Catherine Hood

Dear Dr Cath

I HAVE a problem with my breasts - they are producing milk if I squeeze them. But I've done a pregnancy test and I'm not pregnant and never have been. What's going on? I'm worried about cancer.

LET me reassure you - this isn't cancer. Galactorrhoea is the medical term for the discharge of a milk-like substance from the nipples when a women hasn't been pregnant. This discharge could be the sign of a hormone imbalance in your body.

Prolactin is the hormone in the body that stimulates glands in the breast to produce milk after a woman gives birth. But if you have an abnormally high level of prolactin in your body then the breasts may be stimulated enough to produce milk even if you aren't pregnant.

Ask your GP to check your prolactin levels. Tablets may even help solve the problem. In the meantime, if the discharge only happens when you squeeze your breasts, don't squeeze them...and that goes for your boyfriend too.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2006
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