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Question:

I am 30 years old I had my last baby 6 years ago 4 months later had a hysterectomy but still have healthy ovaries 2 weeks ago started experiencing period pain winch I have not had for 6 years and there is milk in my breasts they are swollen and tender and picking up weight fast and nauseas

Can I be pregnant and I sweat very badly when sleeping?

Can this be due to hormones or is it possible I'm pregnant?

Cherri

Answer:

Dear Cherri,

Suffering from period pain could be because you have higher levels of prostaglandins.

Concentrations of prostaglandin precursors are high in the endometrial compartment during pregnancy.

The levels of prostaglandins in the body increase as menstruation approaches.

The stimulation of the breast tissue which occurs in early pregnancy is quite capable of causing some leakage of milk.

Nipple stimulation, especially if prolonged during foreplay, can cause milky nipple discharge in some women.

One condition that can produce a milky or clear discharge is galactorrhoea, where an imbalance of hormones within the body can stimulate secretion.

Certain medication may be to blame; particularly those used in treatments for some psychiatric problems, but thyroid disorders and very occasionally small benign brain tumours of the pituitary gland can lead to milk production.

Swollen or tender breasts are a pregnancy symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception.

Nausea and vomiting occur commonly during pregnancy, especially between five and 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Taking certain medications can lead to night sweats. Antidepressant medications are a common type of medication that can lead to night sweats. Other psychiatric drugs have also been associated with night sweats.

Sweating or flushing can be seen with several hormone disorders, including pheochromocytoma, carcinoid syndrome, and hyperthyroidism.

Hysterectomy does not necessarily cure endometriosis.

Painful periods (dysmenorrhea) are symptoms of endometriosis.

Prostaglandins play a large role in dysmenorrhea.

Side effects of endometriosis are weight gain, nausea.

There is an over-production of prostaglandins in women with endometriosis.

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