For fibrocystic changes, birth control pills are often helpful. Other women are helped by:
Avoiding caffeine and chocolate
Limiting fat and increasing fiber in the diet
Taking vitamin E, vitamin B complex, or evening primrose oil supplements
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor if:
The skin on your breast appears dimpled or wrinkled (like the peel of an orange)
You find a new breast lump during your monthly self-exam
You have bruising on your breast, but did not experience any injury
You have nipple discharge, especially if it is bloody or pinkish (blood-tinged)
Your nipple is inverted (turned inward) but normally is not inverted
Also call if:
You are a woman, age 20 or older, and want guidance on how to perform a breast self-examination
You are a woman over age 40 and have not had a mammogram in the past year
What to expect at your...
A common concern of women are bumps that they discover on the vulva. Before you panic, know that there are a several causes of bumps or pimples on the female genitalia and most of them are NOT contagious, NOT life threatening, and NOT STDs.
Here's what you need to know:
Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. In the vulva (the area near the vagina) they often arise from a blocked skin gland. They often look like pimples or lumps under the skin. If fairly large or uncomfortable, it can be incised and drained by a doctor. Squeezing them on your own is NOT a good idea as it can cause the introduction of bacteria and cause infection. A few common genital cysts in women include:
1. Skene's duct cysts. These occur on either side of the urethra (where you urinate). You can self treat these with warm compresses, or if large, it can be opened up by your doctor.
2. Bartholin cysts occur on either side of the lower part of the labia majora, the outside of the v...
Daisy*, a 20-year-old actress living in Los Angeles, CA., remembers the day she discovered a painful, walnut-sized lump on the side of her left breast. "I was scared," she says. "I thought it was cancer." Daisy's gynecologist examined her and diagnosed her with fibrocystic breasts . Her lump was a benign, fluid-filled sac commonly known as a cyst. Over the next few months, Daisy's lump fluctuated in size, becoming noticeably larger and more painful right before her period. "I found that cutting out coffee and chocolate helped with the pain, but the bump didn't go away. I was worried," she says. Friendly Pains in the Boob According to William Parker, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA School of Medicine who is in private practice in Santa Monica, CA, an estimated 50 percent of all women have fibrocystic breasts, a condition caused when fluid accumulates in the glands, creating lumps and bumps. Among younger w...
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