Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Breast pain is a common premenstrual symptom, typically occurring in the 5—10 days before the start of your period. Cyclical breast pain is a normal part of the menstrual cycle and usually not a cause for concern. Cyclical breast pain also called mastalgia is a common premenstrual symptom that occurs in a predictable pattern related to the menstrual cycle. It usually happens during the luteal phase after ovulation and before the period and resolves once the period starts.
Breast Changes and Conditions
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Premenstrual swelling and tenderness of both breasts occurs during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Breast tissue may have a dense, bumpy, "cobblestone" feel to the fingers. This feel is usually more in the outer areas, particularly near the armpit. There may also be an off and on or ongoing sense of breast fullness with dull, heavy pain, and tenderness. Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle likely lead to breast swelling.
Women who undergo regular mammograms may want to consider scheduling their screening for the first week of their menstrual cycle, according to a new study. The breast tissue may be less dense during this week, so mammograms conducted at this time may be more accurate for some women, the researchers said. Mammograms are known to be less accurate in younger women, in general, than in older women, and one reason for this might be that younger women have denser breast tissue, which makes tumors harder to spot.
You may have just received an abnormal mammogram result, or perhaps you or your health care provider found a breast lump or other breast change. Keep in mind that breast changes are very common, and most are not cancer. This page can help you learn about symptoms during your lifetime that are not cancer as well as follow-up tests used to diagnose breast conditions and treatments for specific breast conditions. Some breast changes can be felt by a woman or her health care provider, but most can be detected only during an imaging procedure such as a mammogram, MRI, or ultrasound.