Often, the milky discharge associated with idiopathic galactorrhea goes away on its own, particularly if you can avoid breast stimulation or other potential causes for the discharge.
To minimize breast stimulation:
- Don't touch your nipples during sexual activity
- Avoid performing breast self-exams and manipulating your nipples more frequently than once a month
- Wear clothing that minimizes friction between the fabric and your nipples
You could also use breast pads to protect yourself from leaks that might otherwise be embarrassing.
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