Fibrocystic Breasts - Topic Overview
To diagnose fibrocystic breast changes, your
doctor will do a
breast exam and ask when you had your last period. If
your doctor needs more information, you may have other tests, such as a mammogram.
How are they treated?
Fibrocystic breast changes
are normal. You do not need to do anything about them. If breast pain bothers
- Take an
over-the-counter pain medicine like acetaminophen
(such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil). If this does not help, ask your
doctor about using a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) skin
- Wear a bra that gives your
breasts good support.
Ask your doctor about low-dose birth
control pills. For some women, they help reduce breast soreness and swelling
before periods. They may be a good choice if your symptoms bother you
and you want to prevent pregnancy.
are stronger medicines your doctor can prescribe for breast pain, but they also
have more side effects.
women may feel better when they give up caffeine, eat a very low-fat diet, or
take the herb vitex. Before trying these remedies, talk to your doctor about
what is right for you.
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