Occasionally a teen or adult woman may notice a milky-white discharge from one or both breasts. This condition is called “galactorrhea,” pronounced: gah-lack-toe-ree-ah. This may be a side effect of certain medicines (such as drugs for mood disorders or rarely birth control pills), a hormone imbalance (such as hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone level) or a problem with the pituitary gland (causing high prolactin levels). Although it is not an emergency, you should make an appointment with your health care provider to get checked so you can find out the cause and get treated.
- Breast Health: General Information
- I am happy with my breasts. There is no pain and there are no lumps that I can detect but there is milky-colored secretion from one breast. Should I check it out with a doctor?
- I’m 15 and I have milk coming out of my breasts. I’m not pregnant or nursing. What could be wrong?