You know your period is on the way because your breasts are sore, they may hurt just a little or the pain may become intense. Sometimes it may be so severe that working, hugging a loved one or exercising can be difficult. You’re scared; “is this cancer”? You see your doctor and she/he sends you for a mammogram or ultrasound. No suspicious findings; YAY! But now what?
Symptoms of Pain Associated with Fibrocystic Breast Condition:
- Pain in one or both breasts around the time of your period
- The feeling of swollen breasts
- Tenderness to the touch
- Difficulty applying any pressure to the breasts
Painful breasts should be examined by a medical professional to rule out more serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, lung disease or cancer.
As many as 50% of women in the United States have asked their physicians about breast pain, also known as mastalgia or fibrocystic breast disease. Women often find they have symptoms of swelling, breast pain, tenderness and lumps that increase in their breasts immediately prior and during their menses. This clustering of symptoms is called cyclical mastalgia. Symptoms can last seven days or more, but frequently last one to four days. For about 15% of the women who do experience breast pain, the pain warrants the women to take prescription medication for their pain. Most women who do consult their physician regarding breast pain do not have breast cancer. If you are concerned about breast pain, it is very important to consult your physician about the symptoms you are experiencing.
Mastalgia can impair a woman’s ability to work, participate in her daily activities, embrace a child or have an intimate relationship with her partner. In addition, mastalgia frequently causes increased anxiety and stress in a woman’s life as a result of dealing with pain each month. Additional psychological stress is often caused by the mammograms, ultrasound scans and breast biopsies utilized by physicians to rule out other diseases of the breast.
Current treatments for mastalgia include one FDA approved prescription medication which typically causes unwanted side effects like facial hair growth, weight gain and acne. This medication may also require dietary changes, including the addition of vitamin supplements to your daily routine, and having to purchase a properly fitting brassiere.
FemmePharma Global Healthcare, Inc. is dedicated to improving the health of women and is exploring innovative, new treatment options that provide adequate relief with minimal unwanted side effects for women suffering from mastalgia.