Dense breasts and hormone-related pain

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hreppers
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by hreppers on Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:51 pm

Dense breasts and hormone-related pain

Hello all,

I occasionally experience pain and tenderness in both breasts. I understand this usually happens a week or few days before your period, but for me it typically happens a week or so AFTER my period. I just went to the gyno, who said it was probably just hormones, but recommended I have a mammogram just in case. I ended up having both a mammogram (which was incredibly painful) and an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech said she didn't see anything to be concerned about, but that I do have very dense breasts. I understand that this means I may be at higher risk for breast cancer and will need to have additional tests when I start getting my yearly mammogram (I'm 31, btw).

What I'm curious about is the relationship between dense breasts and hormone-related pain. The ultrasound tech said this was common for folks with dense breasts (and that it explained why the mammogram hurt so badly). I haven't been able to find any more information on this. Has anyone had experience with this? What did you do to treat the pain?

Thanks!

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by talkhealth on Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:07 am

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Hi hreppers,

Thank you for posting on the forum. Please find some useful information below about breast pain and how to help the pain:

http://www.salisbury.nhs.uk/Information ... tpain.aspx

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by LucasBlack78 on Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:26 am

Re: Dense breasts and hormone-related pain

Dense breast tissue is not abnormal; it can cause in mid-aged women. Sometimes it’s difficult to interpret the mammogram in such a case. However, dense breast tissues do not usually develop into breast cancer. But it does increase the chances of breast cancer.

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