A 21-year-old member asked:
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is breast pain normal during menopause?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: In the months/yrs leading up to menopause (the end of menstrual periods) our hormones fluctuate to higher highs and lower lows than they did when we were younger. These surges of estrogen can cause breast fullness and tenderness. Seek medical care if pain persists past a few days each month, or if pain is one sided. Get mammograms as recommended (yearly after age 40).
Answered on May 4, 2015
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Dr. Paula Hillard
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
It's not uncommon: During the menopausal transition, hormone levels fluctuate--both higher than previously (associated sometimes with breast tenderness) and lower than previously (associated with hot flashes). Your physician should do a breast exam, and if you are older than 40, ask your doctor about a mammogram.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Dr. Cynthia Frazier
38 years experience Gynecology
Perimenopause: commonly is associated with breast pain. This is seen when ovulation is sporadic, but the women is still making estrogen. You will see this described as estrogen dominance. In menopause where there is estrogen deficiency breast pain is not normal. If the menopausal woman is on estrogen then breast tenderness would not be uncommon, but would not be considered "normal", and would need evaluation.
Answered on Jul 27, 2015

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