Im 18 years old and i have recently discovered a clear watery discharge coming from my left nipple only. I have no family history of breat cancer but we do have history of ependicitis and brain tumors. Please help i'm worried. could it be pregnancy maybe? Although me and my boyfriend are always very careful.
Dear wildebeauty: Women can have some type of nipple discharge or fluid when their breasts are squeezed, and its normal. Squeezing the nipple sends message to the brain and the pituitary gland responds by increasing prolactin levels, which in turn produces discharge from the nipple. The discharge can come in a variety of colors - gray, green and brown as well as white. Some women are more prone to more discharge including women on; birth control pills, certain blood pressure medications or on major tranquilizers. These medications increase prolactin levels in the body. There is also certain life periods when a person is more likely to get discharge than others: there may be more discharge at puberty and at menopause than the years in-between.
The time to be concerned about nipple discharge is when it’s spontaneous (comes out by itself without squeezing), keeps on happening, and is only on one side. If it is clear and sticky, like an egg white, or bloody. Breast cancer is very rare in women 18 years old. But you may want to make sure to discuss this with your doctor who can ask questions and evaluate as necessary.
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