Park Ridge, IL
A 27-year-old female asked:
How do self breast exam? my breasts are in pain and i don't know why, they started hurting sunday and monday .what do need do about this
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Breast discomfort: Breasts frequently become tender as a result of hormonal fluctuations. Is it possible you could be pregnant? The purpose of a self breast exam is to assess for swelling and suspicious lumps which usually do not cause tenderness.
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Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Examine and monitor: A self breast exam is done by using the tips of your fingers and you start the examination starting near the armpit area to feel for lymph nodes. Then move in a circular pattern around the breast and slowing going to the nipple. Do this lying down and standing up. The pain/tenderness might be due to your menstrual cycle. Continue to monitor if the pain gets worse or you feel a lump see a doctor
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Last updated Jul 6, 2015
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