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(NSFW) What is going on with my body now?

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (10256 points ) November 14th, 2013 from iPhone

Most of you know my health issues but here’s a quick refresher, just in case. I haven’t had a period since I got off the birth control pill. It’s been about 7 or 8 months now. I’ve seen several doctors. I’m still in the process of finding a decent doc to really address my issues. Last dr sent me for bloodwork and discovered my testosterone levels were elevated. I have another appointment but not until December. So here I sit, patiently waiting.

In the mean time, here’s the newest issue. 2 days ago I noticed how extremely sore my nipples were. I mean, even showering hurts. Along with the soreness, I have a noticeable increase in vaginal discharge. The only time I have ever experienced sore nipples was when I was pregnant with my son. It was first symptom. I’ve never had sore nipples with a period, just sore breasts. However, I took 2 pregnancy tests, 2 days in a row, and both say negative. I’m so confused. Could my symtoms be related to something else? Ovulation? A pending period? I haven’t had cramping. Slight discomfort in my abdomen but not the normal period cramping.

Any ideas? Give me some good news! I’d be happy to hear that these symptoms might mean anything related to hormonal changes! I’ve waited so long just to get a normal period and I’m starting to feel like it might never happen!

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JLeslie's avatar

Did you ever have those symptoms with periods before? Increased vaginal discharge, like egg whites, usually means ovulation (wow, wouldn’t that be great!). Could be so many things though. Do you have any nipple discharge? That is usually a sign of a pituitary problem. I don’t remember, did your doctor test Prolactin in your blood work? I think that is one of the pituitary tests. That usually has some easy remedies if that is the problem, so don’t panic or anything.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

If you might be pregnant, you’ll have to wait another week and retake pregnancy test. Two days in a row with a neg result doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t pregnant.

JLeslie's avatar

I agree with @Simone_De_Beauvoir about the pregnancy test unless you haven’t had sex in a month or more. Were you trying to get pregnant?

Smitha's avatar

I think @JLeslie is right it could be pituitary problem. If you don’t get a period for several months after stopping birth control pills, it could be what’s known as post-pill amenorrhea. The pill prevents your body from making hormones involved in ovulation and menstruation. When you stop taking the pill, it can take some time for your body to return to normal production of these hormones. But this only happens in less than 0.1% of women stopping the pill.
Post-pill amenorrhea varies greatly but basically it takes up to a year or longer for your body to get back on track. The best thing you can do is not stress too much.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@JLeslie No, I’ve never had these symptoms before but keep in mind I was always on the pill with my prior periods. No nipple discharge. And I wasn’t actively trying to conceive but wasn’t being safe either.

JLeslie's avatar

I always say not preventing is trying. But, I understand why you might not have been very careful the last few months. If you don’t want to get pregnant you have to still use something, because people who usually don’t ovulate sometimes do ovulate. Since you have a history of ovulating there is a good chance you will do it again, even if irregularly. But, I wouldn’t be panicked you are pregnant either, because usually the breasts are sore, not the nipples, and you had those recent tests for high T. Check it again in 5–7 days.

I forgot to mention your nipples might just be dry. Cold weather is settling in, in your neck of the woods. Does it feel like it might be that? You can try some lotion on the area and see if it helps if that sounds plausible.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Keep an eye on it, discharge and introversion of the nipple can sometimes also be a pre-indicator of cancer.

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