I am 24 and have been trying to concieve for the last 4 months. I was wondering if breast milk production can effect my ability to ovulate. I have never been pregnant but I do have breast milk production for the last 4 yrs.


Yes - definitely! Breast milk

Yes - definitely! Breast milk production in a woman who has never been pregnant is an indicator you have a hormonal imbalance - at least with prolactin, one of several hormones that is produced by the pituitary gland. Prolactin has many different roles throughout the body, but it can cause infertility. Another term for high prolactin levels is hyperprolactinemia. Women who are not pregnant and are not breastfeeding should have low levels of prolactin. If a non-pregnant woman has abnormally high levels of prolactin, it may cause her difficulty in becoming pregnant.

Prolactin may cause infertility in several different ways. First, prolactin may stop a woman from ovulating. Women with the mildest cases involving high prolactin levels may ovulate regularly but not produce enough of the hormone progesterone after ovulation. This is known as a luteal phase defect. Deficiency in the amount of progesterone produced after ovulation may result in a uterine lining that is less able to have an embryo implant. some women with this problem may see their period come a short time after ovulation.

Causes vary, and treatment is possible, so get to a health care provider soon and get a hormone panel done to see where your levels are.

 
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