Galactorrhea stems from the Greek words "gala" (γάλα), which means milk and "reo"(ρέω), meaning "to leak." Therefore, we can say that Galactorrhea is basically milk leakage. It's an unwanted discharge of milk. You have absolutely no control over your nipples or their activity in this situation. Thus, those who suffer it consider it more of an underlying problem than a disease. Even though women are most affected by it, men and infants too can suffer from this condition. Many people don't know it, but men too have prolactin within their body. It's the hormone that causes milk production in the female body. During fetal development, prolactin production is present in both sexes. Typically, men see it at a much, much lower rate than women. Being affected by Galactorrhea is especially stressful for men. Despite all the medical breakthroughs, it's still unclear what causes Galactorrhea. Experts usually deem breast stimulation, strong medications, and pituitary gland disorders as potential causes.
This particular symptom may be especially tough for those who are out the entire day. The milky substance may soak the clothes and allow others to see what's going on. Such an occurrence is especially embarrassing for men, as they are not expected to lactate. If your Galactorrhea is caused by an adverse effect of medication, talk to your doctor. There are many medications licensed under different names, but with some applications. Ask around for an alternative, and your Galactorrhea just might stop.
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