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What causes milk lactation when one is not pregnant?

Age: 16 - 29
Women's Health Gynaecology
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Dr Christopher Ng
"More than 20 years of obstetrics and gynaecology experience"
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The most important cause of galactorrhoea (milk production not associated with pregnancy) is to exclude a problem with the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland produces a hormone called prolactin. A rise in prolactin levels usually occurs during pregnancy and leads to breast milk production. Galactorrhea can occur in women with a noncancerous tumor of the pituitary gland (prolactinoma) or other disorder of the pituitary gland. Treatment may involve medication or even surgery so it is best to see a gynaecologist if this happens. 

Other causes include:

  • stress,
  • herbal supplements (fenugreek),
  • oral contraceptives,
  • medications (antidepressants, sedatives, high blood pressure drugs and opioid analgesia) and
  • hypothyroidism. 

Dr Christopher Ng

GynaeMD Women's & Rejuvenation Clinic

#04-03A Camden Medical Centre
1 Orchard Boulevard
Singapore 248649


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