What Does It Mean If I Have Nipple Discharge?

When you think of discharge, you probably think of vaginal discharge, right? And I bet you hope that you never get it. FYI: Vaginal discharge is a normal thing. It’s a sign that your vagina is functioning properly and cleaning itself. Of course, there are rarer times where your discharge could be abnormal. There are also times when you can experience discharge in other areas of your body. And that can include your nipples.

If you’ve looked down and noticed that your boobs were leaking something strange, it’s understandable that you would be freaked out. It’s not like you’re expecting your boobs to excrete. If you’re noticing some oozing from your nips and you’re wondering what is going on, here’s what the deal is if you have nipple discharge.

I’m freaking out a bit because I noticed I have nipple discharge. What’s going on?

First of all, don’t panic because that will not help. Let’s first start by making sure we’re clear on what discharge actually is. Nipple discharge is defined as anyt fluid that comes out of the breast, according to Heathline.

Why is it happening?

There are a number of factors that could be causing it. You probably associate it with pregnant or lactating women, but it can also be caused by external factors like if you got your nipples pierced. Another more common option is that you experience discharge when your boobs are *stimulated.* That can include touching, but it can also include the impact of physical exercise such as jogging.

What if my boobs only leak when I squeeze them?

Nipple discharge can come out of the boobs by itself or sometimes it will only leak out after a bit of pressure is applied to the boob. You might even experience both types at different times.

What if only one breast is producing discharge?

Sometimes it can happen in both breasts, other times, only one. Consider whether one breast has been compressed or stimulated more than the other because that could be the reason. If you have discharge in only one breast, it might be a sign of an infection in that side.

Should I go see my doctor?

Nipple discharge is generally classified as a normal thing, but it’s still a good idea to go see your doctor to make sure that everything is okay. You will also want to pay attention to any other symptoms you’re experiencing such as tenderness, pain, nipple shape changes, redness, or other symptoms that are impacting your health. It’s rare, but discharge can be a sign of breast cancer. However, it’s more likely that it’s caused by something minor or it’s completely normal.

What color nipple discharge is considered normal?

WebMD reports that going off the color of discharge isn’t the best idea because white, clear, yellow, and even green discharge can indicate normal and abnormal symptoms. According to Healthline, green can indicate cysts, white, yellow or clear can point to an infection whereas clear could be a symptom of breast cancer.

The red flag is if you notice blood in your nipple discharge because that is never considered normal.

 

Will the nipple discharge get worse?

It depends what the cause of it is. You’ll need to see your doctor to rule that out. In the meantime, it’s a good idea if you avoid nipple stimulation and resist the temptation to pick your nipples because that will not help.

What did you know about nipple discharge? Let us know in the comments!

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