Does The Thyroid Have Anything To Do With A Permanent Decrease In Breast Size? If Not, What Can Contribute To A Rapid Change In Cup Size?

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Does The Thyroid Have Anything To Do With A Permanent Decrease In Breast Size? If Not, What Can Contribute To A Rapid Change In Cup Size?

Does the thyroid have anything to do with a permanent decrease in breast size? If not, what can contribute to a rapid change in cup size?

I have had nipple discharge in both nipples since my 3 year old was born, and just recently (3 months ago) my breasts have significantly decreased in size. I have a benign nodule on my thyroid. I also have a benign cyst in one breast that is rather hard. I am wondering if any of these symptoms are related.

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Your thyroid can affect the hormones in your body, but I don't know if it would be related to a change like this. Post-partum nipple discharge, even three years later, is probably nothing to worry about because it is in both breasts. Since this change in breast size has lasted over three months, I think you should check in with your doctor. An ultrasound can double check that cyst to make sure there have been no changes there. Most women have a decrease in breast size after having a baby, but three years later seems like a long interval between delivery and nursing and the onset of the decrease. Most of the breast problems related to a change in size are characterized by swelling, not shrinking. But we are not doctors here, so I'm sure there are conditions with which we are unfamiliar. You need to be in close touch with your doctor about the thyroid nodule anyway, so call and make an appointment.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson