Traditionally, only pregnant women and lactating mothers secrete milk from their breasts. Are you experiencing this sign even though repeated tests have indicated that you are not pregnant? Have your breasts become tender, sensitive and even swollen? Well, you should know that discharging liquid from your breasts is not entirely unusual and millions of non-pregnant women all over the world have noticed this symptom at one time in their lives or another. However, the discharge may also be a sign of an underlying medical problem which may require treatment as soon as possible.
What is the nature of the Fluid?
Before getting all worked up about the fluid that gets secreted when your breast is squeezed, why don’t you just examine them to identify the nature of the fluid? Properly examining your nipples will help you alert your medical professional to the right type of tests to be ordered when you book an appointment.
Common Characteristics and Causes
- If you are secreting a fluid which is milky in nature, especially after squeezing your breasts repeatedly then there shouldn’t be any cause for alarm. Prolactin is a hormone produced by the body of every matured woman, with the responsibility of inducing milk production. Even though this hormone is usually produced in significant levels during and after pregnancy, there are times when hormonal changes lead to their abnormal production. When this occurs, a woman may experience that her nipples are secreting milk even though she may not even be sexually active.
- If your nipples are secreting a thicker fluid which is colorless and glue-like, your body may be trying to warn you of a breast infection or inflammation. In such situations, getting an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication might resolve the problem in a couple of days.
- You should be significantly alarmed if the fluid being secreted from your nipples is bloody in nature. This may be caused by a serious infection or even breast cancer, and booking an emergency appointment with your doctor is the wisest move you can make. Your doctor may order extensive tests such as mammograms or even CT scans to get a better overview of the problem and prescribe effective treatment.
- In some cases, one or both of your breasts may be secreting a colored mucus-like fluid which may even look bloody in nature. Many women experiencing this symptom complain of excessive levels of pain in the breasts as well. These signs may also be an indication of a serious infection requiring urgent treatment.
- Also some women may be experiencing breast secretions because they are pregnant. The fact that your home pregnancy tests are coming out as negative doesn’t necessarily mean that you are one hundred percent not pregnant. These tests only try to gauge the amount of HCG hormones in your blood. For women who naturally produce inadequate quantities of this hormone, it may take several weeks or even months for them to detect pregnancy from home testing. Just book an appointment to rule out pregnancy if you are secreting breast milk.