A 45-year-old female asked:
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what is the cause of breast tenderness in 21 wf in the same spot that starts 11-12 days before period and stops after for the last 3cycles. not on bc?

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Dr. John Berryman
53 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Breast tenderness: The hormone change which occurs "11-12 days before period" involves the production of progesterone by the ovary. Progesterone stimulates breast tissue, and occasional tenderness may develop in areas of more dense breast tissue. This is not cause for concern. This type of tenderness would be minimized if oral bcp's were used, since the hormones in the low dose pills are less.
Answered on Aug 3, 2018
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