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today during intercourse my partner noticed that i was lactating (just small droplets). i didn't miss my period last month and i'm about 2 weeks from my next period. is this normal or should i be freaking out?
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it's not normal to lactate unless you are either *very* late in pregnancy, have just given birth, or are currently nursing.

A hormone called oxytocin prompts milk ejection. Incidentally, oxytocin is also released during high sexual arousal and orgasm. I've seen footage of orgasming nursing women spontaneously lactating, it's pretty trippy.

If you have no baby, then spontaneous lactation can be a sign of a hormonal abnormality (like really high prolactin). Or it might not be milk, it could be discharge from an infected nipple.

In either case, you should see a doctor to determine whether it's an infection (a culture can be done from the discharge) or if it's hormones (a simple blood test can determine this).

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In some cases if you think you're pregnate or really want to be pregnate you could actually beguin to get "signs" of pregnacy, such as lactating. I saw it on an episode of CSI. I agree that you should definately go to your doctor to get it checked out though.
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ixnay, atomic_princess! first up, replies in E&C are restricted to moderators and the people who asked the question only. Please keep your comments in the main forums unless you need to ask a question here.

secondly, you really don't understand the physiological events of lactation, and incidentally, neither do a lot of script writers (they have advisors in the profession, but that only goes so far).

During pregnancy, a woman starts to crank up levels of a hormone called prolactin. This helps prep the breasts for milk synthesis and secretion. A post-delivery drop in estrogen and progesterone cause prolactin levels to spike and milk synthesis goes into full swing.

Then, another hormone called oxytocin steps in. When oxytocin is released, it causes the actual milk ejection. Oxytocin is released during stimuli like a baby's suckling, or during orgasm, so during both of these activities, if a woman has enough prolactin, she can lactate. And if she doesn't have a baby, then it's weird and she needs to be seen by a doctor.

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