Mike, not his real name vividly remembers dumping his ex-girlfriend because she had embarrassment – leaking breast milk. Whenever he plans to have intimacy with her, her breast starts leaking milk.
It affected their love life and by extension – sexual relations. He couldn’t stand anything.
Not understanding the situation, Mike, just like that, dumped and replaced his girlfriend immediately.
Maybe you have a similar narration or as a woman, you could be going through such times. First and foremost, the condition is common. Nothing to panic.
According to Mayo Clinic Galactorrhea (guh-lack-toe-REE-uh) is a milky nipple discharge unrelated to the normal milk production of breast-feeding. Galactorrhea itself isn’t a disease, but it could be a sign of an underlying problem.
It usually occurs in women, even those who have never had children or after menopause.
But galactorrhea, in rare cases, can happen in men and even in infants. Excessive breast stimulation, medication side effects or disorders of the pituitary gland all may contribute to galactorrhea.
Often, galactorrhea results from increased levels of prolactin, the hormone that stimulates milk production.
Some women don’t breastfeed but, interestingly, discharge milk from their nipples especially when aroused.
The condition can affect women of different life caliber including those who never had children or women who passed menopause.
Having said that some causes of the condition are; pituitary tumors, birth control pills, certain herbal remedies, opioid abuse, some sedatives, antidepressants, high blood pressure drugs, etc.
Unfortunately, some people believe the condition as a sign of pregnancy or resulted from terminated pregnancy. This is far from the truth.
Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates breast milk production. Prolactin is produced by a bean-shaped organ in the brain called the pituitary gland. Anything that causes excess prolactin (e.g. pituitary gland tumor) can cause breast milk discharge.
Since it can happen to any woman don’t be surprised when the least expected happens – especially when she isn’t breastfeeding – leaking breasts.
Be informed and don’t break their heart since she can’t control the natural biological process. If it emanates from underlying condition, seeking diagnosing and treatment is highly recommended.