Tag Archive for: Womens Health

No One Likes Taking Birth Control

We just like sex more than abstinence

Every day I discuss contraception with patients. While some want contraception for specific beneficial side effects like lighter periods or hormonal balance, more often than not, patients request birth control to prevent pregnancy. Read more

No-One Wants a Pap Smear but It Can Save Your Life

More than 13,000 US women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. In most cases, this disease is preventable through vaccination and proper screening. Read more

5 Breast Cancer Myths

The internet is a fantastic thing — Endless information at our disposal  within seconds. While the internet has made it easy for women to find information on topics such as breast cancer, it also is ripe with bogus information. Myths about breast cancer are often circulated online and through social media. Here are five common breast cancer myths:
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When Should I Worry About Breast Pain?

Why do breasts hurt sometimes.

Breast pain is common

Up to 70% of women will experience breast pain (or mastalgia) during their lifetime. Patients may notice breast pain and become concerned. People worry it may be an early sign of breast cancer. Breast pain without any other symptoms, such as a breast mass or lump, is rarely a sign of breast cancer.

Breast cancer should be ruled out with a physical exam and possibly imaging for any breast complaint. Don’t ignore it. If you are concerned about a breast issue then we want to address it with you. For the sake of this article, however, we will be focusing on breast pain not associated with cancer.

What else is causing the pain?

We can break it down into two broad categories: cyclical and non-cyclical.

Cyclical breast pain is the most common. It usually affects both breasts. It typically begins in the days leading up to your period and improves after you start your period. Cyclical pain is associated with the normal hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle.

Increased levels of estrogen and progesterone in the blood stimulate the proliferation of the normal glandular tissue in the breasts. The hormonal fluctuation results in pain. Because cyclical breast pain is caused by hormones in the blood, it can also be triggered if you are taking birth control pills or hormone replacement pills.

Non-cyclical breast pain does not follow the usual menstrual pattern. It is more variable, more likely to be in just one breast, and either be constant or intermittent in nature.

Causes of this type of pain vary. Causes include breast cysts, infection or abscess, and even your diet. Cutting back on caffeine has been shown to improve breast pain in some women. Large, pendulous breasts can cause pain due to stretching of the ligaments in the breast, known as Cooper’s ligaments.

If your pain is cyclical or non-cyclical, you should always discuss any concerns with your doctor. Your doctor is a good resource to address your concerns.

Thank you to BeingWell for publishing this article on Medium.

Main Blog Photo By: Unsplash

Blog Author: Dr. Richard Wagner



Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the best thing you can do is educate yourself. Read more

5 Secrets to a Healthy Vagina

All women should be concerned about their vaginal health. There are many suggested tips you can follow to provide a healthy vaginal environment. Read more