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Benign Breast Disease Booklet

Benign breast disease booklet

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Benign Breast Disease

Benign (non-cancerous) changes in breast tissue

Also known as BBD, Fibrocystic breast disease, Painful breasts, Mammary dysplasia, cystic breats or Diffuse cystic mastopathy

About the Condition

Benign breast disease is a collective term for non-cancerous medical conditions that affect the breast. Breast tissue is very sensitive and responsive to the influence of hormones, particularly estrogen. Most of the common disorders of the breast are due to the effects of estrogen dominance due to insufficient production of the hormone progesterone.

Benign Breast Disease is estimated to affect over 60% of all women. It is common in women between the ages of 30 and 50 and rare in post-menopausal women.

Progesterone deficiency in the second half of the menstrual cycle (luteal phase days 12-26) can result in breast tenderness, breast pain, hot breasts and increased breast density. Other commonly experienced symptoms include variable mood, depression, anxiety, fatigue reduced feeling of well-being, memory disturbances, loss of self-worth, menstrual changes, headaches and migraines. Progesterone deficiency is generally at its most severe from the mid-20’s until the early menopausal years.

The primary causes of Benign Breast Disease are generally due to estrogen dominance. Underproduction of progesterone and a high/normal estradiol production is the main factor. This usually subsides with menopause, when estrogen production declines. Changes may vary during menstrual cycle.

There is no increased cancer risk.

The condition is directly associated with either a failure to ovulate or underproduction of the hormone progesterone - see anovulation symptoms.

Next page: Symptoms of Benign Breast Disease

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Symptoms of Benign Breast Disease

Mild to severe. Typically peak before each menstrual period and improve immediately afterwards.

Symptoms include:

  • Dense, irregular and bumpy "cobblestone" consistency in the breast tissue
  • Usually more noticeable in the outer upper part of the breast
  • Discomfort usually in both breasts
  • May be persistent or it may come and go
  • Breast feels full
  • Dull, heavy pain and tenderness
  • Premenstrual tenderness and swelling
  • Occasional nipple discharge
  • Symptoms are often experienced by women starting on the oral contraceptive Pill and estrogen-based hormone replacement.

Diagnosis

  • Examination of the breast.
  • Mammograms
  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy
  • Aspiration of the breast with a fine needle can often diagnose and treat larger cysts.

Next page: Causes of Benign Breast Disease

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Causes of Benign Breast Disease

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Next page: Treatment for Benign Breast Disease

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Treatment for Benign Breast Disease

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Next page: Further Information on Benign Breast Disease

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ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

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Topics discussed in the Understanding Breast Disorders booklet include:

  • What is benign breast disease?
  • Normal Breast Structure
  • How do I find breast disease?
  • When should I be concerned?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
  • What causes benign breast disease?
  • Who develops benign breast disease?
  • How dangerous is benign breast disease?
  • How is benign breast disease treated?
  • What can I expect at my doctor’s visit?
  • What are the pros and cons of natural progesterone treatment versus synthetics?
  • What is the role of progesterone in humans?

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ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

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