Fibrocystic breast changes usually affect
both breasts. But they can affect just one. You may notice that symptoms tend
to be most obvious right before you start your period and are worse during some
cycles than others. Symptoms include:
or pain. It usually is described as a dull or aching pain, heaviness, or
Breast lumps. "Generalized breast lumpiness" is used to
describe this common cyclic breast symptom. Lumpy (cystic) areas feel more
dense when you press on them. Lumps can be moved, rather than feeling anchored
to muscle underneath. You may also notice one or more specific lumps that are
always in the same area and that grow and shrink with each menstrual cycle.
Many women first notice fibrocystic breast changes when
they are in their 30s, when their hormone system begins to change and hormone
levels tend to fluctuate more than before.
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