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Tender Breasts Menopause

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone going through menopause suffer from tender breast at least once a month?
    I am going through menopause, no period for at least 1 year and a half. I started having sore tender and swollen breast about a year ago and all the symptoms of a montly period without the bleeding. Having a lot of bloating, fatigue, hot flashes, etc. Mybreast only swell every 3 or 4 months not every month.

    • ANSWER:
      Take Black Cohosh regularly to relieve the symptoms of hot flushes.

  2. QUESTION:
    birth control side effects that feel like pregnancy?
    I'm 44 and been using pills for 18 years off and on and have two daughters 15 and 11. I didn't get my period last month and feel pregnant though age and the fact that I'm using bc made that unlikely. I tested negative twice and am now convinced I'm not pregnant. Could my pills be causing me to feel nauseated and have tender breasts all of the sudden? I'm wondering if this is a side effect of taking the pills as you approach menopause. Has anyone else experienced this?
    Yes I'm referring to birth control pills, specifically Tri-norinyl.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 19 and I've been on birth control for over a year. I still get little bouts of nausea too. It wouldn't surprise me if it had something to do with being close to menopause, since your hormones will be going nuts because of that.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why have I missed my period the last 2 months?
    I am 41 years old and I have missed my period the last 3 weeks. I went to the doctor and I am not pregnant..and all he could ask me is "am I stressed?" My answer is no. I am not any more stressed then I usually am. I have tender breasts, am I going through early menopause? I AM ONLY 41! Is there anyone who has been through this?

    • ANSWER:
      You can expect your period to become occasionally irregular as you age. So it's not weird for one time to have a late or missed period. Though tender breasts in combination with a missed period suggests to me a hormone irregularity, or maybe a cyst. Though your doc didn't mention it, so maybe not.

  4. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when you have sore or tender breast?
    I started feeling sore from my breast a week or two before I started my period is this normal and now that I'm on period they're still tender and sore..
    And this is the first time that has happened to me....

    • ANSWER:
      This happens to me too! It is normal.

      "The most common cause of breast tenderness is hormonal imbalance. During the menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels vary in different ways. Normally, when estrogen is down and progesterone is up, breasts get bigger in size. But, hormonal imbalance can alter this cycle, making breasts even bigger and more susceptible to pain, and for more prolonged periods. Therefore, when hormones are not balanced and estrogen levels decrease more than progesterone, the end result is breast tenderness." (34 Menapause Symptoms, retrieved from http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/breast-tenderness.htm on Octoboer 2, 2008)

  5. QUESTION:
    Do I need to call my doctor or is there another explanation?
    I'm definitely not pregnant, I had a hysterectomy at the age of 21, so that's out of the question.

    BUT I'm moody, nauseous often, have tender, swollen breasts and a ton of weird cravings...I'm 37 so could this just be hormone fluctuations (I still have my ovaries) or something I should ask my doctor about?

    Just asking here first in case anyone else has been through this...and my doctor isn't back until Wednesday anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly you have entered perimenopause, most women dont experience it until their 40s, and it lasts up to menopause.

      Having a hysterectomy CAN trigger menopause to start earlier than it would otherwise have, or there may be a history of early menopause in your family.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anything besides Breast Cancer cause dimpling of breast skin?
    I've looked as best as I could online; and have pretty much come up empty-handed as to any other causes for dimpling of the skin on breasts; besides cancer.

    Are there any other conditions that could possibly cause this to happen?

    • ANSWER:
      A dimpling of the breast skin or nipple could be from the loss of elasticity in the supporting ligaments as you age.

      Gaining or losing weight causes changes in the breasts. So do a woman's hormones. Prior to each menstrual period, the surge in estrogen and progesterone stimulates fluid retention and growth in breast tissue. Breasts may swell an entire bra size every month and also become tender and lumpy. Then when menopause arrives, breasts may lose their firmness.

      It doesn't have to be cancer. Don't be frightened, to get peice of mind see a gynocologist.

  7. QUESTION:
    What causes a womans breast to be sore?
    Its been about a week that my breasts have been feeling sore and i thought it was my period at first but my period was brownish nd lasted only three days nd they r still very sore.

    • ANSWER:
      Menstruation
      Hormonal changes during menstruation can bring about breast tenderness. The discomfort might vary from month to month, but is usually stronger before menstruation and lessens after a period.

      Menopause
      Breast tenderness is common during the couple of years prior to a woman going through menopause. This is due to the changes in her hormonal cycle.

      Certain foods or beverages may cause breast tenderness. Caffeine causes blood vessels to dilate, which produces swelling and breast distention, and possibly pain or tenderness.

      Medications
      Birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy can contribute to breast tenderness because the amounts of progesterone or estrogen may not be suitable for all women. Some psychiatric medications or antidepressants could increase breast tenderness, too.

      Emotional Stress
      Stress can affect a woman's hormonal cycle and exacerbate breast tenderness or pain.

      Read more: Reasons for Tender Breasts | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5165106_reasons-tender-breasts.html#ixzz1sDVV0noa

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the early stages of tubular pregnacy?
    I missed my period last month. My tubes have been tied for 10yrs, my breast are tender,my eating and sleeping habits have changed. I have gained 8 pounds. I took a pregnacy test and the test was negative. What should I do next?

    • ANSWER:
      You should call your OB-GYN and ask to be seen.

      Several medical issues, including cancer of the ovaries and thyroid issues can mimick pregnancy symptoms. So can menopause. (You didn't mention your age, but if you have had your tubes tied for 10 years, don't rule it out)

      Most of the time, a tubal (eptopic) pregnancy is discovered before pregnancy symptoms start.
      Symptoms of eptopic pregnancy include: Crampy pain with tenderness in the lower abdomen, sometimes on only one side; spotting or bleeding (sometimes, before the tube ruptures); heavy bleeding (if the tube ruptures); nausea and/or vomiting; dizziness or weakness - if tube ruptures, weak pulse, clammy skin.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for a womans breasts to grow again in her 30s/40s ?
    Ive recently lost weight but yet my boobs seem to be growing larger. Theyre even tender like during puberty.Is this common coming up to middle age?

    • ANSWER:
      It may be related to menopause :/

  10. QUESTION:
    How will I know when menopause begins or has already started?
    I have been taking Depo Provera injections for several years, so I don't have a menstrual cylce to tell me things are changing.

    What else can I expect to notice?

    • ANSWER:
      1) Night sweats. Soaking through the sheets.

      2) Weight gain. Lower abdominal.

      3) Weight shift. Not always caused by aging. Hips will become thicker. Breasts will become a bit larger and tender.

      4) Insomnia. Anxiety.

      5) Inability at times to focus.

      6) Irritability.

      7) Serious mood swings.

      8) You want to kill your significant other.

      Welcome to my world.

  11. QUESTION:
    Breast pain when i wake up in the morning?
    Hi, I am 26, single . Recently i have noticed that when i wake up in the morning , i have pain in my breasts. After some 1-2 hrs when i take shower, but later in the day, i can feel the pain when i press them .. This has been continuing from the past 2-3 weeks or so ... I came to know that this pain could be associated to menopause or that your periods are approaching. I think 26 is too early for menopause and even if this is due to my periods , i have never experienced any such thing in my life except for when i was 11 or 12 yrs old(usually puberty time.) Can someone please explain if it is can be due to external reasons also? like sleeping with your face down?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be from sleeping on your stomach. mine get a little sore in the morning if i sleep that way because of the pressure on the glands i assume.

      try sleeping another way and see if it stops. if youre still worried its best you see your obgyn. i recently found out my right breast is super tender because there is a fiberistic--something like that-cyst in there.

      good luck, dont worry too much!

  12. QUESTION:
    Tender Breasts and Onset of Adult Acne is it Hormones?
    I will be 33 in a few weeks and recently my breasts have been hurting constantly. I have also been getting acne but have never had a problem with my skin before. I do not believe that I am pregnant so what else could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      My mother hit menopause very early, and had similar symptoms. She was 34 when it hit her, but i have heard that some women can hit menopause in thier 20's, she was thankful to have alredy had her children...but it can be delayed if you catch it early enough, it can be faught off a bit, go to a fertility/obgyn to make sure..

  13. QUESTION:
    Is the increase in a womans bust, due to the menapause?
    At the age of 52 I have been getting flushes for a long while now. But now I noticed that my bust seems to be getting bigger. I have not put weight on anywhere else. I am as skinny as a rake. They do not hurt or feel tender, why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it is the hormone mix.

      your body, as does every other body, men or women, produce a salad of hormones, as well as estrogens and testosterone at variable levels. In the stage of menopause, your body is producing less estrogen, and higher levels of androgen (testosterone derivative), which creates the hot flashes and changes in your sexual organs.

      The hormones mostly originate as cholesterol, from which the body factory, using other types of hormones manufactured in the glands and organs of the body, make up the complimentary variety of everything needed to keep the body fundctioning, dependent on age, general health, and other factors. Estrogens are at the top of the pole, so to speak, and the breakdown hormones of Estrogen include testosterone (same in men), which in women, create the period cycles, sexual desire, and changes is the breast and other functions, such as body hair (Follicle Stimulating hormones are a derivative of testosterone), and more. Estrogens also factor into depression cycles, and thought patterns.

      Hormonal balance in the body is a delicate thing, and everybody works differently in this regard.

      taking it one step farther, in the m-f transgenders, while estrogen increases the development of breasts (size and shape limited by the genetic parameters of other females in the same family), softens the skin, creates a fat layer, changes the shape of the body overall, and makes for finer hair), most doctors routinely prescribe andogens that also help in this sector to stabilize and strengthen such changes.

      In the male, more Testosterone is produced than estrogen, and each has its function there. Serious transgenders will also use anti-androgen medication, to lessen the effects of testosterone, creating a higher level of estrogen than androgen. what cannot be well manipulated are the changes caused in both sexes due to aging.

      For the f-m transgender, they are given additional androgen, and do not require an anti-estrogen.

  14. QUESTION:
    How common is it for a woman to only ovulate every other month?
    If we have the cramps every other month does this mean we are only ovulating those months or is it possible to ovulate w/out those cramps?

    • ANSWER:
      First, you need to see your gynecologist, or family practice physician. Here are some web sites I found for you I hope it might be of help, please let me know.
      Are you ovulating? Are you sure? How can you best track your fertility and deal with out-of-sync cycles? Amos Grunebaum, MD, medical director of the WebMD Fertility Center, joined us to talk about understanding and charting your ovulation, as well as the causes of and treatments for ovulation problems.

      The opinions expressed herein are the guest's alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.

      Member question: I am TTC. I haven't had a period since December. The first day of my last real period was 12/17/03. Since then on the day my cycle was due again I had spotting, and bleeding, but not my normal period. This happened again the day that I thought I was supposed to ovulate on Jan. 29. I had spotting until last night. Nothing today. Is there a chance that I am not ovulating, or that I am pregnant? I really can't tell if and when I ovulate.

      Dr. Amos: What you are describing is among one of the most common concerns on our fertility web site. The medical diagnosis when you miss your period is 'amenorrhea,' not getting your period. There are only a few possibilities why a woman won't get her period:

      The first is pregnancy, and a pregnancy test should be positive if you miss your period because of being pregnant.
      The next possibility is menopause, which happens eventually to all women, and is likely the cause when it happens when you are well past 40-45. A blood test in your doctor's office should tell you if it's menopause of not.
      The next frequent reason for not getting a period is 'anovulation,' not ovulating. A regular menstrual comes about 14 days after ovulation, and if you don't ovulate then your period won't come, or it could be very irregular, and you may have some spotting on and off.
      If you want to get pregnant then you obviously need to ovulate, and your doctor can try finding out why you do not ovulate. In many cases your doctor can induce bleeding with medications and then give you certain medicines to induce ovulation and help you get pregnant.

      Member question: Does being overweight make it hard to detect ovulation?

      Dr. Amos: That all depends how you want to detect ovulation. If your menstrual cycles are regular then you pretty much know you are ovulating. Another way to detect ovulation is keeping a temperature chart in our fertility center; this should not be influenced by being obese. And then you can test your urine with ovulation predictor kits before ovulation or do blood tests a week later.

      Member question: Is it possible to only ovulate every other month? Maybe only from one ovary? I ask because I usually feel ovulation on my right side, but not my left.

      Dr. Amos: It's highly unusual to only ovulate from one ovary and not the other. If your cycles are regular (are they?) then you should ovulate every month. Your "feeling" of ovulation does not necessarily mean it's just from that side.

      Member question: Is ovulation the same time every month? In midcycle?

      Dr. Amos: The time period between ovulation and the next period is constant, usually around 14 days. The period between the first day of bleeding/your cycle can vary. In a 28-day cycle, ovulation happens in the middle around CD 14 (28-14). But in a 35-day cycle ovulation happens on CD 21 (35-14 = 21) and on CD 10 in a 24-day cycle (24-14 = 10).

      Member question: Are there symptoms of ovulation, such as swollen breasts, tender nipples and/or water retention? Every month about midcycle I get these symptoms and cannot figure out why.

      Dr. Amos: These may be symptoms of ovulation, but they are not enough to make the diagnosis with sufficient evidence. Regular periods, BBT curves, OPK, cervical mucus changes, and/or elevated progesterone levels seven days later are the reliable methods of tracking ovulation.

      Member question: Do things such as Vitex, Dong Quai, or Fertility Blend help with ovulating in any way?

      Dr. Amos: No they do not, at least not from a scientific point of view. There are no clear scientific studies that these over-the-counter herbal medications work in inducing ovulation. And there are not enough studies showing that they are safe. When you do not ovulate, you should have your doctor do some tests. For example, a low thyroid condition can affect ovulation. None of the above medications are likely to affect the thyroid. So the best is to see your doctor to find out what if anything is going on, and then find out how to treat it.

      Member question: Dr. G I have been on Clomid for four cycles now, being monitored by my ob-gyn. I ovulate around CD 18 or so. How common is it for the ovulation pain to be a little more severe with the Clomid?

      Dr. Amos: Many women report more ovarian discomfort on Clomid than without it. That is because Clomid stimulates the ovaries. In response, many more follicles than usual start growing. They distend the capsule of the ovary and that can create pain, more than usual.

      Member question: Is it possible to ovulate the day after you stop bleeding?

      Dr. Amos: It is possible to ovulate any time in your cycle, even the day after you stop bleeding. Most women usually ovulate around CD 14 or so, but much earlier and much later ovulations are possible.

      Member question: How many times a day should you have sex before ovulation to get pregnant? One time a day, every 48 hours, two times a day?

      Dr. Amos: Once a day, every day during the fertile days is optimal. In addition you should make love regularly 2 to 3 times a week every week. This information is based on several scientific studies, which also show that making love every other day is OK too.

      Member question: According to the WebMD ovulation calendar I was ovulating from 1/25-1/31 and my DH and I have been BD since 1/24 up until 1/31. I have a 33-day cycle and my last period was 1/10. If you BD like crazy how come there is only a 10% chance of you getting pregnant?

      Dr. Amos: Let me first correct something. You ovulate only on one day of your cycle, not six days. You can get pregnant from making love during the five days before the day of ovulation and the day of ovulation. I am not sure what you mean by "BD like crazy." Making love more than once a day is not suggested, because the sperms have not enough time to recover. So once a day, every day is OK, even every other day is fine. If he has enough sperm then there is an about 20%-25% chance getting pregnant each month (not 10%).

      Member question: I starting charting this month and have had temps that go up and down! I don't think that I have ovulated and I am getting frustrated. I have had no EWCM or any CM for that matter! Is there any other way to know if I ovulated besides buying ovulation predictor kits? Thanks (P.S. I am on CD20).

      Dr. Amos: On CD 20 it may be a little too early to see if you are ovulating. You may want to keep charting at the WebMD Fertility Center. We can check your chart there and have it evaluated by one of our experts It's very difficult to interpret a chart yourself and getting some help will make you understand better what's going on.

      Member question: Dr. I am 41 and TTC and was pregnant, but had mc (Downs) in second month. I have been TTC since then -- one year ago. I have painful periods for just that day they start. I am using ovulation predictor kit and can ovulate anywhere from day 12-22. LH tests OK. I went to a fertility doctor and my levels were fine -- LH FSH etc. I am wondering if this variance in ovulation intervals is OK.

      Dr. Amos: It is not OK to have such irregular ovulation. This may be a sign that there could be a problem. It also makes your cycles very irregular, and that makes it difficult to estimate when/if ovulation happens. You should discuss as soon as possible with your infertility doctor (is it a reproductive endocrinologist?) what to do next. At 41 you should not lose extremely valuable time, and start going on the quickest path to pregnancy.

      Member question: My H/B and I have been trying for about a year now. It's been 10 months no contraception, six months seriously trying. My menstrual cycles are 28 days exactly. At first we were only using a calendar and my mucus changes as a guide. The past two months I've used an ovulation predictor kit. Still no luck. I'm 31 and my H/B is 41. Should we have fertility testing done?

      Dr. Amos: Yes, you should. The first step is usually the sperm count. I suggest to each and every of my patients to start off with the sperm count. Only when you have established that it's normal can you move on to the next tests. The majority of infertility problems in women who ovulate regularly are that his sperms are not OK. Then the next test is to check your fallopian tubes. This is usually done with a hysterosalpingogram or a laparoscopy.

      Member question: I track my temperatures every morning. The first part of my cycles the temperatures are low (ranging from 97 degrees to 97.5 degrees) and the last part of my cycle my temperatures are high (ranging from 97.7 degrees to 98.3 degrees). Does this for sure mean I am ovulating?

      Dr. Amos: It sounds as if you are ovulating. But to be sure, you may want to have someone else look at the chart. Only by directly taking a close look can an expert make sure that you do ovulate. And you can keep your chart at the WebMD Fertility Center, where experts can review the charts and comment.

      Member question: Is there anything that increases the chance of ovulation? Also, how well do ovulation kits work?

      Dr. Amos: Ovulation kits work fairly well but have disadvantages. In certain conditions like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) they can be false positive, and sometimes they can be false negative. If you do not ovulate then only seeing a doctor can help you find out what the problem is. Taking over-the-counter medications is useless without knowing exactly what it is that you are treating.

      Member question: Can you still have a 28-day cycle and ovulate earlier/later than CD 14?

      Dr. Amos: If your cycles are very regular then ovulation usually happens about 14 days prior to the next cycle. That would be about 14 days plus/minus one to two days.

      Member question: The first day I used OPKs I had no idea what CD I was on because I am very irregular, but the line was really dark, then the lines became lighter and lighter the next four days. Do you think I was o'ing that first day?

      Dr. Amos: Impossible to say if the OPK was positive the first day. This is how OPKs work: OPKs test for the LH hormone, which rises shortly before ovulation. So when you are not about to ovulate the OPK is negative. When it first (emphasis on FIRST) turns positive then ovulation is likely to happen within the next 12-36 hours, emphasis on WITHIN. Ovulation can happen in 12 or 36 hours. The OPK can stay positive for several days, and if you test only on a day when it's already positive and you do not have a negative the previous day then it's impossible to know exactly when ovulation happened.

      Member question: After having a D&E how long does it usually take before you ovulate?

      Dr. Amos: The time after D&E is similar to the time after a miscarriage. It can take two to eight weeks for ovulation to happen after a D&E. If it hasn't happened two to three months later then you should talk to your doctor.

      Member question: While taking Clomid is it OK to perform OPKs and not chart, or do you feel that it's best have intercourse every couple days and not track ovulation so closely?

      Dr. Amos: OPKs can be incorrect for several days after you stop Clomid. Taking a temperature curve while on Clomid provides you with reassurance that you doing the right thing.

      Member question: Is it true that when I do ovulate I get an egg-white consistency discharge?

      Dr. Amos: Yes, it's true. At the time of ovulation there is an increase in the estrogen hormone. This hormone increases as ovulation approaches and it changes the cervical mucus from a thick consistency to first a thin consistency, and this consistency becomes 'stretchy', called 'spinnbarkeit.' When you touch this mucus with two fingers and pull it apart, you can extend it for several inches.

      Member question: At age 41 with three children, the youngest is youngest 10, what chance do I have for normal ovulation now?

      Dr. Amos: With regular menstrual cycles your chance of ovulating is excellent. The question is whether the eggs are still of high quality. Your doctor can do a blood test on CD 3 to confirm the quality of the eggs.

      Moderator: Thanks to Dr. Grunebaum and everyone who came today. I'm sorry we couldn't get to all of the excellent questions. Please be sure to visit Dr. G on his message board TTC: Trying to Conceive and visit our other TTC message boards.

      And, as Dr. Amos mentioned in some of his answers, now you can learn even more about getting pregnant by joining the WebMD Fertility Center. Sign up for support, expert chart review, and tons of great TTC information. You'll learn everything you need to know about increasing your chances of conceiving. Go to fertility.webmd.com for more info.
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  15. QUESTION:
    25yrs ago i had a hysterectomy. How will i know when Menopause starts?
    I have no one to ask. Haven't had my period in 25yrs.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have a total hysterectomy or a partial hysterectomy? I had a partial so I can still tell if I was having a period....my breast would always and I do mean always get swollen and tender. I am 47 and I had a partial hysterectomy about 9 years ago.I am going through menopause...not sure exactly if I am in the middle or close to the end or what. I heard there is a blood test they can give you that will tell you exactly if you are in menopause and if so where exactly or if you are done.

  16. QUESTION:
    Am I spotting because I am taking prometrium or is it because i could be pregnant?
    I have been taking prometrium for a couple weeks I am almost done with my prescription i only have 7 pills left and i started with 21. Is it possible I could be pregnant or is it just the medicine causing me to spot and feel nausesous and have tender breast
    i am not taking this as a birth control its to get rid of my cysyt

    • ANSWER:
      First of all are you taking Prometrium because of menopause or as a hormone? When starting any kind of progesterone supplement side effects can include the fallowing...The most common adverse events reported in postmenopausal women receiving PROMETRIUM® 200 mg were: breast tenderness, dizziness, abdominal bloating, vaginal discharge, chest pain, and diarrhea.[2]..the website doesn't not include spotting but i am sure that like birth control pills prometrium will cause abnormalities in your menstrual cycle, exspecially when you first start taking it. If you don't get your period after a couple days after your last pill consider taking a pregnancy test.

  17. QUESTION:
    I had a tubal ligation 11 yrs ago after having a csection. Now my period is a month late. Could i be pregnant?
    I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. I have been feeling yucky, having lots of heartburn & my breasts are tender. What is wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be an ovarian cyst. Or it could be premenopause--a period of as long as 10 years before menopause, when your period becomes irregular. Or maybe you're just feeling stressed this month.

  18. QUESTION:
    Any one using progesterone cream , does it make you feel tired and sleepy?
    I started on 2.1.07 and since I have been very tired and sleepy, but not until I use the cream that morning within 2 hours I am exhausted. I have been sleeping very well since the use of the cream , my breast pain is totally gone and my face is even clearing up. 43 old female Don't know if this is a normal side effect until my body adjusts.

    • ANSWER:
      Q: What is progesterone?

      A: Progesterone is a steroid hormone made by the corpus luteum of the ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone pregnenolone, and is a precursor to most of the other steroid hormones, including cortisol, androstenedione, the estrogens and testosterone.

      In a normally cycling female, the corpus luteum produces 20 to 30 mg of progesterone daily during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

      Q: Why do women need progesterone?

      A: Progesterone is needed in hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women for many reasons, but one of its most important roles is to balance or oppose the effects of estrogen. Unopposed estrogen creates a strong risk for breast cancer and reproductive cancers.

      Estrogen levels drop only 40-60% at menopause, which is just enough to stop the menstrual cycle. But progesterone levels may drop to near zero in some women. Because progesterone is the precursor to so many other steroid hormones, its use can greatly enhance overall hormone balance after menopause. Progesterone also stimulates bone-building and thus helps protect against osteoporosis.

      Q: Why not just use the progestin Provera as prescribed by most doctors?

      A: Progesterone is preferable to the synthetic progestins such as Provera, because it is natural to the body and has no undesirable side effects when used as directed.

      If you have any doubts about how different progesterone is from the progestins, remember that the placenta produces 300-400 mg of progesterone daily during the last few months of pregnancy, so we know that such levels are safe for the developing baby. But progestins, even at fractions of this dose, can cause birth defects. The progestins also cause many other side effects, including partial loss of vision, breast cancer in test dogs, an increased risk of strokes, fluid retention, migraine headaches, asthma, cardiac irregularities and depression.

      Q: What is estrogen dominance?

      A: Dr. Lee has coined the term "estrogen dominance," to describe what happens when the normal ratio or balance of estrogen to progesterone is changed by excess estrogen or inadequate progesterone. Estrogen is a potent and potentially dangerous hormone when not balanced by adequate progesterone.

      Both women who have suffered from PMS and women who have suffered from menopausal symptoms, will recognize the hallmark symptoms of estrogen dominance: weight gain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, tender breasts, headaches, fatigue, depression, hypoglycemia, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts. Estrogen dominance is known to cause and/or contribute to cancer of the breast, ovary, endometrium (uterus), and prostate.

      Q: Why would a premenopausal woman need progesterone cream?

      A: In the ten to fifteen years before menopause, many women regularly have anovulatory cycles in which they make enough estrogen to create menstruation, but they don't make any progesterone, thus setting the stage for estrogen dominance. Using progesterone cream during anovulatory months can help prevent the symptoms of PMS.

      We now know that PMS can occur despite normal progesterone levels when stress is present. Stress increases cortisol production; cortisol blockades (or competes for) progesterone receptors. Additional progesterone is required to overcome this blockade, and stress management is important.

      Q: What is progesterone made from?

      A: The USP progesterone used for hormone replacement comes from plant fats and oils, usually a substance called diosgenin which is extracted from a very specific type of wild yam that grows in Mexico, or from soybeans. In the laboratory diosgenin is chemically synthesized into real human progesterone. The other human steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and the cortisones are also nearly always synthesized from diosgenin.

      Some companies are trying to sell diosgenin, which they label "wild yam extract" as a medicine or supplement, claiming that the body will then convert it into hormones as needed. While we know this can be done in the laboratory, there is no evidence that this conversion takes place in the human body.

      Q: Where should I put the progesterone cream?

      A: Because progesterone is very fat-soluble, it is easily absorbed through the skin. From subcutaneous fat, progesterone is absorbed into capillary blood. Thus absorption is best at all the skin sites where people blush: face, neck, chest, breasts, inner arms and palms of the hands.

      Q: What is the recommended dosage of progesterone?

      A: For premenopausal women the usual dose is 15-24 mg/day for 14 days before expected menses, stopping the day or so before menses.

      For postmenopausal women, the dose that often works well is 15 mg/day for 25 days of the calendar month.

      Q: What amount of progesterone do you recommend in a cream?

      A: Dr. Lee recommends the creams that contain 450-500 mg of progesterone per ounce, which is 1.6% by weight or 3% by volume. This means that about ¼ teaspoon daily would provide about 20 mg/day.

      Q: How safe is progesterone cream?

      A: During the third trimester of pregnancy, the placenta produces about 300 mg of progesterone daily, so we know that a one-time overdose of the cream is virtually impossible. If you used a whole jar at once it might make you sleepy. However, Dr. Lee recommends that women avoid using higher than the recommended dosage to avoid hormone imbalances. More is not better when it comes to hormone balance.

      Q: Wouldn't it be easier to just take a progesterone pill?

      A: Dr. Lee recommends the transdermal cream rather than oral progesterone, because some 80% to 90% of the oral dose is lost through the liver. Thus, at least 200 to 400 mg daily is needed orally to achieve a physiologic dose of 15 to 24 mg daily. Such high doses create undesirable metabolites and unnecessarily overload the liver.

      Q: Where can I get more information on progesterone and natural hormone balance?

      A: For a detailed explanation of women's hormone balance issues, a hormone balance program, as well as detailed descriptions of how to use natural progesterone, the following books by John R. Lee, M.D. are recommended:

      What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause

      What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PREmenopause

      What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer

      Click here for more about these books including sample chapters and purchase information

  19. QUESTION:
    I am 43 years old and was told I am going through peri-menopause.?
    I missed 2 periods so far and have tender breasts, mild cramping and bloating. How long does that usually last? I have had it for a few weeks now.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    What could a lump in my breast be?
    I am 14 years old and i have been concernerd about a lump in my breast. it is a little tender. On a clock it would be at the 5 oclock place. Breast Cancer runs in my family, and we have a very large history. My grandma died of it and all three of her sisters have it. I have never heard of a 14 year old having breast cancer but would that be a possibility? My mom made me a doctors appointment even though she said it might just be PMS. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Some signs and symptoms include:

       Lumps either in the breast, along the chest bone, and in the armpit area.
      o These lumps do not come and go, but remain and may grow over time.
       Unusual change in breast shape or size
       Changes in the skin of the breast
      o Dimpling or puckering
      o Thickening and discolouration – “orange peel” effect
       Redness, swelling and increased warmth
       Nipple changes;
      o Crusting, ulcers or scaling
      o Inverted nipples – if it is sudden and not your norm
      o Nipple discharge
      o Itching of the nipple or breast
      While these signs and symptoms may be due to other breast conditions, they should be checked by a trained health care professional. Talk to your doctor if you notice any of the above!

      There is no “normal” as breasts will develop and change over time during various stages of life – puberty, menstruation (monthly period), pregnancy and menopause. As a teenager going through puberty, they may notice the following:
       Hair around the nipples
       Inverted nipples
       Nipple discharge
       Sensitivity or discomfort
       Swelling, tenderness, increased lumpiness
       Stretch marks
       Different sized breasts
      Some of these will disappear over time but some remain. What is “normal” for one person may not be normal for someone else.
      Everyone should know what is “normal” for them, and know what changes are normal over the course of the month. If something changes which is unexpected, talk to a health care professional.

      A family history of breast or ovarian cancer – especially in first degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter) under the age of 50 is a risk factor of getting breast cancer.

       Women of all ages, sizes and shapes, can develop breast cancer:
       The likelihood of developing breast cancer under the age of 30 is low, accounting for only 0.5% of cancers.

      I hope that this helps!!

  21. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy symptoms during the first few weeks?
    Can anyone tell me what kind of pregnancy symptoms I can expect during the first few weeks of the pregnancy? As in, what kind of changes should I expect in my body that definitely spell out the words PREGNANCY?

    Thanks to those who answer =)

    • ANSWER:
      To be honest, you will get lists of lots of different symptoms as it is so different for everyone.
      From what I read, I expected to feel tender breasts, increased appetite & nausea. What I actually got was quite different, so much so I was convinced I was having an early menopause rather than a pregnancy! For me I felt a bit detached, almost scatty! I kept getting hot then cold flushes and would sit with a cold towel on my face. I also got dizzy really easily.
      Hope this helps! :)

  22. QUESTION:
    my doctor told me that I am in full menapause. Had sex, my breast are very tender. Can I be preganant?
    Took home pregnant test after 7 days and it was negative. I also read on breast tenderness due to menopause Can that be it?.

    • ANSWER:
      If a doctor diagnosed you as being in "full menopause" (I'm assuming she confirmed this with blood work, right?) Then it is highly unlikely you would be pregnant (but doctors have been wrong before). I would say the breast tenderness is more likely a result of menopause. That can be a symptom.

  23. QUESTION:
    Why are my nipples sensitive to the touch?
    My nipples are very sensitive when u touch them and i don't start my period for another 3 weeks.my fiance and i have sex basically every night with no condom we have been doing this for 4 years now and i haven't gotten pregnant.so why are they sensitive?

    • ANSWER:
      Some common causes of breast pain are vigorous running or jogging, estrogen therapy, medications, alcoholism with liver damage, injury, arthritis in the neck, chronic cystic mastitis, shingles and PMS, approaching menopause. Painful breasts are not a symptom of breast cancer.

      Some birth control pills can make nipples and breasts sore and tender. You could actually be pregnant. Some times it just takes a while. If you have been taking birth control pills, remember that taking certain antibiotics can negate their effect. So, have you been taking antibiotics for a low grade infection?

      If is is getting way too painful, check in with your Doctor. Take care, hun.

  24. QUESTION:
    i am 35 next month and i have missed my periods?
    i will be 35 next month and i have missed my periods and my breasts are also tender. what could be the reason? menopause or pregnancy?! My usuall cycle is 21/22 days but now it's more than a mnth since last period. I had some spotting last week 2 days but that's about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Do a pregnancy test!

  25. QUESTION:
    What could cause hot flashes, sweating, and cramping?
    I'm 24 years old and female. For the past week I've been having hot flashes so bad that I sweat. My AC is turned down so low that my fiance is complaining it's too cold. But I am burning up hot!! My breast got tender first, so I took 7 tests, all were negative, so I don't think it's that. Now after a nap, I have the worst cramps EVER! and my period is 2-3 weeks away.

    • ANSWER:
      Its rare but few women do experience early menopause, see your doctor, skip the worry, it might be nothing, it might be an inherited dormant trait passed down to you.

      I hope things turn out well

  26. QUESTION:
    Does ovulation cause breast size to increase?
    I've noticed that on the 15/16/17 day of my cycle and for a few days afterwards my breasts become larges, fuller, firmer and heavier. Is this normal? Anyone ever experienced this before?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is normal. And I myself have experienced it before... even to the point of thinking I was pregnant, because breast enlargement and soreness is a sign. (I wasn't)

      Additionally, breast volume changes during the menstrual cycle and menopause. Let us see how various hormonal factors affect the breast.

      Factors that affect the breast

      Although the breasts of non-pregnant women are generally considered inactive, they undergo cyclic changes associated with normal ovulation. Many women experience a premenstrual increase in breast size and density. Many women also feel breast tenderness in relation to these changes. This slight engorgement is probably due to tissue edema (holding water in the tissue). Older women who have fibrotic lumps may experience an increase in pain, usually along the perimeter of the breast mass. The volume and density changes are thought to be resultant of the changing levels of estrogens and progesterone during the menstrual cycle.

      Hormone therapy, such as birth contraceptives, can also influence breast density. A constant inrush of estrogens and progestins can simulate premenstrual breast changes, often making the breasts tender. During menopause the changes in gonadotropins, estrogens and progesterone induce changes in both glandular and ductal components. Without hormone replacement therapy, the number and size of the glandular elements decrease and the volume of the breast becomes smaller. Likewise, there is a loss of contour due to the decrease in structure.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why do I have tender nipples?
    I am in my mid 40's, tubal done in 1995, regular periods, not expecting period for another 3 weeks. Since my last period my nipples have been really tender to the touch, even wearing my bra at times bothers me. Anyone have any idea what is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Mid 40s could signal coming hormonal changes (pre-menopause), and yes - unusual tenderness in your breasts could be part of it.

      John Jones, MD

  28. QUESTION:
    My breasts are so sore and have been over a week?
    Hi I am 40 and I have never had random breast pain like this before. My nipples and areola are so sore I can barely touch them. It litterly came from nowhere? I have had children and I am certain I am not pregnant, I am wondering if it may be early menopausal symptoms? higher estrogen levels? I am going to the Dr. next Thursday but I just wondered if any other women have had this random pain occur and what the cause..........

    Thanks in advance for your help : )

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Tristan,

      Here is a possibility, I am almost 43 and have done reading on this as well.

      What is Perimenopause
      Perimenopause is that stage of menopause which takes place when the ovarian hormone level declines in the body and leads to many symptoms indicating onset of menopause. Perimenopause can last for 3 to 5 years before menopause. It generally occurs between the age of 35 to 45 years and symptoms of perimenopause are often ignored by women as well as their physicians.

      What Happens in Perimenopause
      Let us now have a look at the happenings during perimenopause. The ovaries contain follicles that are composed of over 2 million egg cells when a baby girl is born. By the time she reaches puberty, there are only 300,000 egg cells left. Of these, only about 500 cells mature and are released during a menstruation cycle. However, by the time a woman reaches her mid-thirties, her ovary production begins to decrease. This gives rise to a number of perimenopause symptoms like changes in menstrual cycle, etc.

      During perimenopause, as the egg supply decreases, the menstruation cycle becomes irregular. The periods last for a shorter duration and the bleeding may decrease. Other symptoms of perimenopause will also be experienced by a woman. These include hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings and anxiety. Women tend to suffer from depression too as they feel it is the end of their fertility and youth. Some women tend to gain weight as they are inclined to eat more due to depression. Soon, the menstrual periods are skipped and they occur close together.

      What Happens to Hormones During Perimenopause
      Hormones play a very important role in a woman's body. Every process related to fertility and production is related to hormones. This is why one wonders what happens to hormones during perimenopause. The estrogen and progesterone are two important hormones that regulate menstruation. The estrogen levels begin to drop significantly. This causes irregular and inconsistent periods. A woman may have normal periods for a few months, then suffer from scanty or irregular periods for several months at a stretch, before returning to her normal period cycle. Drop in progesterone causes changes in the amount of bleeding. When the progesterone level is too high, it leads to heavy menstruation bleeding and when the level is low, it causes light bleeding.

      What are the Perimenopause Symptoms
      There are many perimenopause symptoms that help a woman understand the changes occurring in her body. Let us have a look at the symptoms that will help you understand what occurs during perimenopause.
      •Menstrual cycle changes
      •Headache
      •Hot flashes
      •Tender breasts
      •Unexplained weight gain
      •Anger
      •Depression
      •Dizziness
      •Stress
      •Extreme fatigue
      •Mood swings
      •Urinary incontinence
      •Decrease in fertility
      •Increase in vaginal and urinary tract infections
      •Loss of bone
      •Increase in estrogen levels
      These symptoms indicate that a woman has entered perimenopause and is soon moving towards menopause. Then, one will stop getting periods for 6 to 12 months at a stretch. When a woman misses menstrual periods continuously for a month, it indicates that she has reached menopause. Many women never experience any of the symptoms and enter menopause without any issues. During this time, one should eat a healthy diet rich in iron, calcium and other vitamins as well as minerals.

      Speak to your doctor regarding the treatment that will help you get through this phase smoothly. This will help you to overcome the symptoms and prevent other health related issues like osteoporosis. Hope the above information has helped you understand all the biological changes occurring during perimenopause.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can breast cancer really look like a sebaceous cyst?
    my friend found a lump on her breast and her doc told her it was a sebaceous cyst and not harmful. she had her breast removed a year ago from cancer and was cured. the doc said it's most likely nothing, but let's just remove it because it'll bother you. anyhow, bad news it's invasive cancer..how can that happen? do they really look alike? she said the lump didn't move and i thought cyst's move?!

    • ANSWER:
      Breast lumps are common, especially in women ages 30 to 50. A number of conditions can result in a lump or lumps in your breast. Most of these conditions are harmless or of minor concern.

      * Generalized breast lumpiness usually feels like lots of little bumps (nodularity) or as though some areas of the breast are thicker or denser than other areas. Your breasts also may feel tender. The lumps may occur in both breasts around the nipple and in the upper, outer part of the breasts, especially before your menstrual period. The lumps may come and go and change size in just a few days. Generalized lumpiness was once thought to be abnormal and was even called fibrocystic breast disease, but it is so common that it is now considered normal. Breast lumpiness usually goes away after menopause but may be found in women who are taking hormone replacement after menopause.
      * Blood clots in a vein ( thrombophlebitis) can feel like a lump. The phlebitis affects the large vein that normally crosses the chest to the underarm area (axilla). Symptoms include pain, redness, warmth, and lumpiness along the course of the vein. Blood clots in the breast or on the chest wall are rare.

      Following are other types of breast lumps and their symptoms.
      Cysts and abscess lumps

      * Cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the breast. They feel smooth or rubbery and move about under the fingers. They can be quite painful or tender, or they may be painless. Cysts are caused by the hormones that control the menstrual cycle. Cysts are rare in women older than 50 and are not related to breast cancer. If you have a cyst, your health professional may drain (aspirate) it to help relieve the pain and confirm the diagnosis.
      * Sebaceous cysts are caused by plugged ducts at the site of a hair follicle. Like a cyst, they move freely under the fingers. Hormone stimulation or injury may cause them to enlarge. A sebaceous cyst that does not cause symptoms does not require medical treatment. Removal usually involves making a small incision in the skin and removing the entire sac so that it does not return.
      * Abscesses are pockets of infection within the breast. They may be quite painful, and the skin over the breast may be red or feel hot or solid. You may feel feverish or ill. Abscesses are treated with antibiotics and surgery to drain the abscess. They are most common in women who are breast-feeding.

      Fatty lumps

      * Fat necrosis is a condition in which the normal fat cells of the breast go through a change and become round lumps. The lumps may or may not be painful and may be firm. The skin over the lump may be red or look bruised. Fat necrosis may occur after a bruise or other injury to the chest or breast and can occur from weeks to years after an injury. Fat necrosis usually goes away without treatment but can form permanent scar tissue that may show up as an abnormality on a mammogram.
      * Lipomas are noncancerous lumps of fatty tissue. They can be small or large. A woman may have just one or several lipomas at once.

      Growths

      * Adenomas are noncancerous abnormal growths of the glandular tissue in the breast. The most common growths, fibroadenomas, are somewhat more common in women in their 20s and in women of African descent. They usually feel round and firm and have smooth borders. They may move a little under the fingers, be tender, and change with the menstrual cycle. Adenomas are not related to breast cancer.
      * Intraductal papillomas are wart-like growths in the ducts of the breast. They usually feel like lumps just under the nipple and can cause a bloody discharge from the nipple. Women close to menopause may have only one growth. Several growths in both breasts are more common in younger women.
      * Breast cancerusually feels like a hard or firm lump (nodule). It usually is irregular in shape (it does not have smooth edges) and may feel like it is attached (fixed) to skin or tissue deep inside the breast so that it cannot be moved without moving breast tissue. Breast cancer is rarely painful and can occur anywhere in the breast or nipple.

      It can be difficult to tell what is causing a lump in your breast. Call your health professional if you feel a new lump in your breast or if you have generalized breast lumpiness and you notice a distinct lump in your breast that is not like the rest of your breast (dominant lump). A dominant lump in the breast is any lump that is new, larger, harder, or different in any other way from the rest of the breast tissue.

  30. QUESTION:
    Muslims, do you get to have sex with the virgins when you get to heaven?
    And do they have to continue wearing burquas and hijabs and niqabs all the time? Or do they just stay inside for eternity?

    • ANSWER:
      According to Prophet Muhammad (SW) the "huor al ein" of Paradise will be pure women—free of menstruation, urine, stool, cough and children. The Hurs will sing in Paradise on divine purity and praise—we are most beautiful Hurs and we are for the honored husbands.

      Muhammad said that an inmate of Paradise will have the sexual strength of 70 men. Muhammad said, “An inmate of Paradise will have 500 Huors, 4,000 unmarried women and 8,000 widowed women. Each of them will keep embracing him for the duration of his whole worldly life.”

      A houri is a most beautiful young woman with a transparent body. The marrow of her bones is visible like the interior lines of pearls and rubies. She looks like red wine in a white glass. She is of white color, and free from the routine physical disabilities of an ordinary woman such as menstruation, menopause, urinal and offal discharge, child bearing and the related pollution. A houri is a girl of tender age, having large breasts which are round (pointed), and not inclined to dangle. Houris dwell in palaces of splendid surroundings.

  31. QUESTION:
    I had a 2 day period but my breasts are still tender, still feeling very bloated. 2neg preg tests.Any ideas?
    I feel a little queasy...thought for sure I was pregnant but 2 negative tests (early predictor ones to boot!) My cycle is approximately 23 to 24 days and I'm 38 years old could it be peri-menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      u never know for sure u cna be preg. Wait till ur period is due and then test or get a blood test done :)

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the myth and fact of female menstruation, did i spell that rite ?
    Ok educate me now, this is what i know

    It happens 4 to 5 days,,, in periods in between 2 to 3 weeks

    they will get stomach cramps at times, and mood swing depending on individual

    they will be sexual high driven in days before during and directly after their periods

    their breasts are tender during this period

    my ex told that fruits can make the flow faster or the pain lesser

    Ok this is my questions

    1) Is women uncomfartable around men during this period ? i mean like sitting close or even kissing and stuff like that ?

    2) Is it true that women lose their sex appetite a little when she had her menopause ?

    3) Can massage help to allivate then pain ? if yes then how to do it ?

    4) Can you have a good sex life and is there a drug or anything you can do to pro long your menopause stage ?

    5) Is women offended if a man shy`s away intimately when she is in a period, i ask this because i find it hard to be kissing a women even if i know she is,,its like natural

    • ANSWER:
      All you questions are good ones but many answers would depend on the individual woman you are with.

      You mention the period of menstruation and also menopause. I'm not sure that you mean menopause though. When a woman is bleeding every 3 to 4 weeks ....that is called her menstrual period.

      When a women reaches around 50 (give or take) her periods (bleeding) will begin to lessen until it stops coming at all any more. This time in her life is called menopause.

      I think it's always best to ask your partner the sexual questions because this will vary with each woman. Nothing is exactly the same for any women! Good luck and I'm pleased that you're trying to educate yourself with respect to women's issues! Good man!!

      I've included a link below where you may find some good answers to some of your questions.

  33. QUESTION:
    i have missed my period it going on 4 months i had a negative home pregnant test?
    hope someone can help me i haven't had a period for four months i took two hpt came out negative and got a blood test done it was also negative. i have tender boobs and backaches. what else can cause this
    please help me

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, despite what the other posters said it doesn't sound like pregnancy to me, if two urine tests and a blood test have all come back negative.

      However you didn't mention how long ago those tests were done, and if you've had sex since then.

      Backache is not a symptom of early pregnancy.

      Tender breasts are experienced by almost every women, pregnant or not, as part of their normal hormonal cycles.

      There are lots of reasons for delayed or absent periods that do not involve pregnancy - weight loss or gain, stress, illness, travelling, ovarian cysts, or approaching menopause just to name a few.

      If you're still worried, go back to the doctor.

  34. QUESTION:
    I am 45 yrs old, I am not pregnant, not having periods for 2 months, should I start taking hormones now?

    • ANSWER:
      Please don't take hormones if you don't have to. Some women have menopausal symptoms that are so severe that only hormones can give relief, but for most women menopause is a natural transition. It is not a disease and doesn't require medical intervention.

      The risks of taking hormones far outweigh any benefits. You would be putting yourself at risk for heart attacks, stroke and breast cancer. Of course the decision is yours alone to make with your doctor, but if I were you I would look for other ways to ease whatever discomforts you may feel during the change.

      I took hormones for five years, and it was awful. I felt like I had PMS every day of the month. That's because if you have your uterus, you need to take progesterone with estrogen. Progesterone is the substance that increases naturally just before your period comes. It gives you tender breasts, bloating and irritability. I would have preferred hot flashes to that!

      It's been over 10 years since I took anything, and I am doing just fine without hormones. I'm sure you will, too. Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    I have a 43 year old woman, recently just started to feel tender/achy breasts?
    I have my year examinatin at the end of this month, so will find out from the professional, but for piece of mind till then... What could it be? Never had a ache in my breast before.. No lump or anything, just a tenderness if I put a tad of pressure.. Don't have my period, or anything.. is this common, anyone experience this? thanks everyone

    • ANSWER:
      you may be going through menopause

  36. QUESTION:
    What is going on with me? I have been getting my period for yrs now. It seems to get heavier after each kid.
    I have 3. Now I get clots once in a while (sorry I know it's gross). I get breast tenderness a wk before hand. Is it normal for your cycles to change like that? Could I be starting menopause at 33? My mom was 46 when she got hers!

    • ANSWER:
      Girl I feel you. After my third child my entire cycle (as well as body changed!) Before each cycle my breast become tender and my abdomen starts to throb...........not to mention my knees and lower back ache! My periods are truly heavier. I was once told that the lining of the uterus sheds even more after giving birth to children. Also, I would think the body is preparing itself for early menopause. I'm not a licensed physician, just giving my own opinion. Curious to read what someone else says.

  37. QUESTION:
    What would cause one of your nipples to itch?
    For about 2-3 mo. my left nipple has really been itching. At first, I thought it might be dry because of the weather but then I was thinking that didn't really make since. I usually don't have dry skin & wouldn't both nipples be irritated? A few months ago that same breast had been uncomfortable, not painful, just tender. I went to the dr because cancer runs in our family & several of my aunts & both grandmas have had breast cancer. The dr. said he didn't feel any lumps & said it was probablly just a hurt muscle. He suggested taking motrin for a couple of wks & see if that helps. it did seem to help so I figured that's what it was. Now with just this 1 nipple (the same one)itching, I am worried. It doesn't really hurt, but when my husband & I are in bed, it is tender if he touches that 1. When he sucks the nipple gently it makes it feel better. I know that sounds strange but I was just wanting to put everything down & see if any1 else has experienced anything like this? Any causes?!?

    • ANSWER:
      Any type of itching skin is usually to do with the skin stretching or contracting.

      What is causing it to stretch/contract could be many things!

      - Pregnancy for one (even in very early pregnancy ur mamo-glands start becoming more active causing ur breasts to swell)

      - Weight gain/loss (due to over/under-eating, excersing, etc)

      - I would have suggested due to a tumor or cyst but if ur doc checked u out then i guess u can eliminate that factor.

      - Hormones period... I dont know what age u are, but if you are relatively young or close to menopause age maybe hormones are at play swelling or contracting your boob!

      It is very very natural for one breast to be slightly larger than the other so it would make sense that only your left breast is experiencing this.

      If it becomes a real problem I would suggest using some cream (cocoa butter or some anti-itch cream) but be careful because you've got glands there that might be sensitive to certain chemicals!!

  38. QUESTION:
    For women or any knowledgeable person. "Do you think I could be going through menopause?
    I am 47 years old. I haven't had a period for 3 months now. I went from have regular normal periods that lasted for 4-6 days to nothing. I have no other menopause symtoms, no hot flashes, no night sweats no vaginal dryness. I do however get the same feeling in my body around the time I used to have a period such as tender breasts, kind of feeling bloated etc. But I no longer am getting the awful mood swings I used to get while on my period. I had my last pap smear about 6 months ago, all was well. Had a mammogram also about the same time. I couldn't be pregnant because my husband has been 'fixed' In my family 47 is kind of young to go through menopause. My mom was in her 50's and my oldest sister also in her 50's My other sister who is 51 still is having her cycle. I have however gone through some very serious health issues in the last 15 years so I figure that could contribute to possible earlier onset of menopause than the rest of the women in my family.
    Thanks I didn't know there was a blood test that would tell you if you were starting menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 43, A few months ago my doctor told me I was peri-menopausal!! Thus far I bleed very bad, have horrible blood clots, cramp worse than ever. Mood swings..omg I thought PMS was bad this makes PMS seem like something good!! I cry all the time. I get so nervous I wanna just take off running. I only dream that it could be so easy for me. I'm sure you peri-menopausal..there is no doubt in my mine because of ur age. From what your telling the only thing ur doing that sounds like menopause is ur not having a period. Where's the mood swings, hot flashes, heavy bleeding?? You are either one lucky woman or something else is causing you not to have a period but I'm guessing your just gonna have it easy. I envy you. I wish it were that way for me because I sometimes fear I'm losing my mind..My mother had a nervous breakdown while going through menopause so I'm dreading this. Mom's lasted for years before she actually stopped her periods. than it was several months without a period than she would have a couple and so on than finally she stopped. Every woman is different. Get the test and if that's whats happening than you are doing great!!

  39. QUESTION:
    My period came down with in 23 days breast tender can not touch them?
    Now after three days I'm having heavy cloding and breast is still hurting Im 47 years old is it menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you have your period, menopause has not settle in yet!! Progesterone makes you body retain fluids and your breasts tissues to swell and the pressure produces pain. Take a hot shower may help!!

  40. QUESTION:
    My nipples are really sore and sensitive?
    For the past few days my nipples have been really sore to the touch, and sensitive. There is no chance of me being pregnant as I am a virgin, and havent been intimate with a man in any type of way. I'm just wondering what else it may be. I have implanon implanted in my left arm, and my dr prescribed me another birth control "to balance my hormones" so that my period comes on time.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Amber, here are a few facts I found on the internet and think can help you with a few answers. Take care.

      ■Pregnancy – during pregnancy you have a very high level of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen increases the amount of breast tissue while progesterone helps to make the glands in the breast mature with some accumulation of water. This prepares the breast to manufacture food for the newborn baby. In this case, the swelling of the breasts, although it’s uncomfortable, is a good thing. Sore breasts are not cause for worry here. It’s normal for many women to have sore breasts at this stage.
      ■PMS – in PMS the swelling and water retention are mostly due to hormonal imbalance – estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is a situation in which the levels of estrogen and progesterone are out of balance – the progesterone in your body is not enough to balance the levels of estrogen. You may have sore breasts but the discomfort will usually reduce after a few days.
      ■Premenopause and menopause – before menopause, up to 15% of cycles may be anovulatory (ie no egg is released) even in women with regular cycles. As you get older, production of estrogen and progesterone in your body gradually begin to wind down and you will tend to have even more anovulatory cycles until you get to menopause. Most of the progesterone in your body is produced in the ovaries after ovulation. No ovulation means almost no progesterone. Even though you’re producing less estrogen as you go through menopause, these levels are still out of balance with the very low levels of progesterone. So you can still have estrogen dominance even if you have low estrogen levels. This leads to sore and tender breasts.
      ■Imbalance in fat levels – an imbalance in the fats in your cells may make your breast tissue more sensitive to circulating hormones in the body causing breast pain.
      ■Medication – drugs like oral contraceptives, drugs used for Hormone Replacement Therapy and even some antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft.
      ■Pain in the heart and chest may also be felt in the breast.
      ■Very large breasts may also cause pain because of their weight. You may also feel pain in the neck and shoulders as well.
      ■Breast cancer – breast pain can also be a sign of breast cancer but it is usually a late sign in advanced cases.

  41. QUESTION:
    I have been brown spotting, feel bloated, cramps come and go and dont remember my last period.?
    I have taken a home pregnancy test twice w/ neg
    result. Could i be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a number of things. 1. Sometimes when we are waiting for our period, we stress our body out and we tend to miss a period, so relax. 2. Now depending on your age, if you are older you could be going through menopause.

      Most women when in the early stages of pregnancy will notice their breasts have become very tender to the touch. Much like how they felt when going through puberty. Another indication of pregnancy is that you will find yourself going to the bathroom many times in the night, like when you are trying to sleep.

      I am sure you are not pregnant, however, if you want to be certain, then I would suggest you go to your doctor and have them do a blood and urine test.

  42. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend nutted in me twice how will i know if im pregnant without a test?
    We was kind of trying to get me pregnant but we cant tell if im pregnant or not. I just really need to know

    • ANSWER:
      I don't mean to be a jerk- honestly- but if you can't afford a test, how are you going to afford a baby?

      Do you have a dollar store where you are? They sell diff. pregnancy tests, but I believe the dollar store brand is pretty cheap. Also, if your pockets are totally empty, I think you might be able to get a free test at your local health dept. Do you live in the U.S.? If not, I'm not sure how things work where you are.

      If you stop getting your period, that's a good sign. Sometimes other things can cause the loss of a period for several months, however, such as serious hormonal imbalance or really low body weight/malnutrition, and menopause (and early menopause) for people of a certain age, etc. So, it's not a definite. Also, your period might be late due to stress, but if you totally miss your period, it could be indicating that you're pregnant. Also, eventually your areolas (the colored circle around the nippples) will darken when you are pregnant. So, if they get darker that could be an indication of pregnancy. Also tender, swollen breasts, bloating, and lower back pain are early pregnancy indicators, BUT they are also symptoms of PMS. So if you get them, they could just be signs your period is on the way. Urinating more often is another symptom, although it is also a symptom of a UTI and diabetes, for example. But if it's unusual for you to pee that much, and you don't have any other reasons to suspect you have an infection or diabetes, and you've been having unprotected sex, you might want to consider pregnancy. Oh, and of course, morning sickness is another early pregnancy symptom.

      Here are some links to some early pregnancy indicators:

      http://healthcaretips.psyphil.com/early-signs-of-pregnancy-signs-of-early-pregnancy/
      http://hubpages.com/hub/Early_Symptoms_of_Pregnancy

      By the way, if you are pregnanct, you need to find out as quickly as possible. Pregnant women need more vitamins and minerals than other women. You need to educate yourself on what your body needs to take care of the baby, and if you're pregnant, start providing your body with those things.

  43. QUESTION:
    No peroid for four month breast growing tender once in while husband had vasectomy 13 yrs ago im 45 ?
    Iv had no menopause symptoms help .

    • ANSWER:
      You're right at the age to expect peri-menopause--it's the time when you start to have hormonal changes like missing periods, and changes in periods. That can go on for years until you go through menopause, which you have after having no periods for 12 months in a row. You should take a pregnancy test anyway, though.

  44. QUESTION:
    scared to death! Is this menopause, or is something really wrong?
    I'm a very active, healthy 47 yr old. Been sexually active with my boyfriend of 7 months. About 5 months ago, my menstral period just stopped. For the past few days, it hurts to have intercourse and my breasts are very tender. I can't get into my doctor for another 5 days. Is this part of getting older, or is there something REALLY WRONG?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a cyst, could be menopause, could be pregnant. Or you could be stressed. ;)

  45. QUESTION:
    Does a girl's breasts grow especially during the time she is having her period?

    • ANSWER:
      Happens during a woman's monthly cycle and during pregnancy. Hormones make them slightly larger (the correct term is actually engorged) and more tender.

      After menopause, because of the changes in the hormone levels, they lose their fullness and start to get smaller.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you know if someone is pregnant?
    My friend only has one sister who is 26 and she never sees anymore, so shes really lonely. So a month ago she asked her mom for a baby brother or sister. Then like 3 weeks later she said that her stomach was hurting and she took 2 days off from work. How do we know if shes pregnant?
    My friend asked her mom for a baby, and the next week her stomach was hurting and she took 4 days off from work. How do we know if shes pregnant

    • ANSWER:
      I'm willing to bet she's not pregnant. A hurting stomach does not mean that someone is going to have a baby. A hurting stomach could mean acid reflux, menstrual cramps, menopause, appendicitis, irritated bowel syndrome, gas, anaphylaxis, ulcers, gastrointestinal bleed, constipation, and a whole host of other problems.

      In fact, a hurting stomach isn't even really a sign of pregnancy. Cramps MAY be a sign, but isn't always present. Implantation bleeding, tender breasts and nausea are more more reliable signs.

      I'm very much doubting that the mother of a 26-year-old would be willing to get pregnant on the whim of her daughter.

  47. QUESTION:
    My breasts are so swollen and tender 8 days after my period.?
    This has never happened to me before. I am 44 yrs old and my breasts have been terribly swollen and sore since my period which by the way, was very short. Only 3 days compared to my normal 5 days. Does anyone have any idea why or has this happened to you? I am also extemely bloated in my abdomen. Always had good health. Thanks if you can help!

    • ANSWER:
      i agree you should see your doctor for an exam. It could be that you are approaching what they call Pre-Menopause. Or you could possibly have a cyst. Either way, your doctor can help you out!

  48. QUESTION:
    I just noticed a marble sized lump on my 8 yr old Pomeranian, it is found on the lower left side of her belly?
    I am concerned since she was not born healthy and been having some problems with her hip and also once in a while,her breathing. I love her to death and don't know if surgery is an option? HELP

    • ANSWER:
      some of these could just be extremes but get here checked out as soon as possible it could be nothing

      Abdominal hernia
      A hernia occurs when an internal organ protrudes through a weakness or abnormal opening in the muscle around it. The most common sign of an abdominal hernia is a swelling or mass that usually disappears when it is gently pressed or when the person lies down. Mild discomfort or pain sometimes appears at the site of the lump. The lump results from a protrusion of the small intestine through a weak section of the muscle wall. Abdominal hernias in an older child or adult are usually repaired with surgery. Most umbilical hernias in babies resolve themselves.

      Crohn's disease
      Also known as regional enteritis, this is an inflammatory disease of the lower part of the small intestine and the colon. Its characteristic symptoms are cramping abdominal pain, especially after eating; nausea and diarrhea; a tender abdominal mass; loss of appetite and weight; and, in some cases, bloody stools. The precise cause is unknown, but it is believed to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks body tissue. The symptoms may come and go, varying in severity
      Diverticulosis
      This condition results from the presence of small, sac­like outpouches called diverticula in the wall of the colon. They are usually symptomless unless they become inflamed, which can result in abdominal cramps, tenderness, fever, and nausea. The abdomen becomes distended, particularly on the lower left side. Diverticulosis is rarely life threatening unless an out­pouch ruptures and allows the colon contents to spill into the abdominal cavity, resulting in peritonitis. Treatment involves dietary modification, medication, and sometimes surgery.

      Kidney cancer
      Visible blood in the urine, which may be present one day and absent the next, is a common sign of kidney cancer, but it can also be a warning signal of a number of other disorders. Other common signs of kidney cancer are the presence of a lump or mass in the abdomen and pain in the side. The abdominal mass usually feels smooth, hard, and immobile. Fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, anemia, and high blood pressure may also accompany kidney cancer.

      Metastatic liver cancer
      Without treatment, more than half of all tumors eventually spread to the liver. These secondary tumors, called metastases, can enlarge and harden the liver, creating a distinct mass in the upper abdomen. Malignancies most likely to spread to the liver include cancers of the stomach, pancreas, lung, esophagus, colon, and breast, as well as melanoma. If the liver contains only one metastatic tumor, surgical removal may halt the spread, provided the primary cancer is treated as well. Less commonly, the primary cancer may arise in the liver itself, producing symptoms similar to those of metastatic cancer.
      Ovarian cancer
      Cancer of the ovaries most frequently occurs after menopause, but one type can afflict younger women. Its most common symptom is enlargement of the abdomen, which is generally due to an accumulation of fluid caused by the cancer. In a few cases, the enlargement may be due to the tumor itself. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is another sign associated with ovarian cancer. Less often, there may be abdominal pain and sensations similar to indigestion.

      Stomach cancer
      Early symptoms of stomach cancer are similar to those of other digestive illnesses and include persistent indigestion, bloating, slight nausea, loss of appetite, heartburn, and sometimes mild stomach pain. Later symptoms may include blood in the stool, vomiting, weight loss, and pain. Sometimes it is possible to feel a mass in the upper abdomen.

      Wilms' tumor
      This is the most common type of kidney cancer in children and is quite different from adult kidney cancer. The characteristic sign is an abdominal lump or swelling. Some children have blood in the urine, and other general symptoms include low-grade fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, and anemia. In most cases, Wilms' tumor is curable when treated with surgery, radiation, and anti­cancer drugs

  49. QUESTION:
    What are the early signs of menopause in women 37 to 41?

    • ANSWER:
      When you have had no periods for a year, this is considered being in menopause. Menopause symptoms include fatigue, stress, weight gain, headaches, loss of sex drive, tender and fibrocystic breasts, uterine fibroids, fluid retention, depression, irritability, hot flashes, and night sweats.

  50. QUESTION:
    Could i be pregnant or just my body changing?
    Dont know whats going on i've been really tired here lately my lower back hurts my breast hurt i'm moody but i took a pregnancy test like 2 weeks ago could it have been to early to take one???

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy tests in general.....suck. they only work after you have been pregnant for about 2-3 weeks. Urine test by the hospital are also not conclusive. some women build up the 'pregnancy chemical' that the test detects slower than other and therefore, the test comes up as not pregnant, when you may be.

      First of all, since you did not list you age, I have not idea if your body is changing. Puberty has a wide range of ending times and beginning times. Menopause generally starts around the late 30's to early 40's. So there is that.

      The fact your breast 'hurt' could be any number of things. Now if they are "tender"(sensitive to the touch) particularly the nipples, that is a symptom of pregnancy. (they also increase in size to prepare for milk production for the baby). Moody is a sign of being a either on your period or pregnant. Back pain--again, period or pregnancy

      My suggestion. Take the test again. If you develop the pregnancy chemical normally, it will show up. If it is negative, go to the doctor sometime in the next week and talk to her about your concerns

      Good luck darlin'. Congrad's if your are pregnant. Babies are amazing.

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