Galactorrhea | Treatment


How is galactorrhea treated?

Treatment depends on what is causing the galactorrhea. If a tumor is causing your symptoms, most tumors that cause galactorrhea are not cancerous. They can be treated with medicine or surgery. If a certain medicine you are taking is causing your galactorrhea, your doctor may prescribe a different medicine. In many cases, no treatment is necessary, and the condition goes away on its own with time. Until it goes away, here are some things you can do to help:

  • Avoid stimulating your breasts.
  • Avoid touching your nipples during sexual activity.
  • Don't do breast self-exams more than one time a month.
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing or clothing that causes friction.


Evaluation and Treatment of Galactorrhea by Kristin S. Pena, M.D., and Jo Ann Rosenfeld, M.D. (American Family Physician May 01, 2001,

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 05/01