Fibrocystic Breasts

Georgia Breast Care

Breast Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists located in Woodstock, GA

More than half of all women have non-cancerous, fibrocystic breasts at some point in their lives. The team of experts at Georgia Breast Care, located in Woodstock, Georgia, offers accurate diagnosis and quality treatments for fibrocystic breasts for women of all ages. For treatment of your benign breast condition, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Fibrocystic Breasts

What are fibrocystic breasts?

Fibrocystic breasts are the most common benign, or noncancerous, condition of the breast tissue. Affecting as many as half of all women, this condition causes breast tissue to feel hard, rope-like, and lumpy.

Fibrous tissue is one of three main types of tissue that make up the breast. Fibrous tissue is the structural support for the other two types of breast tissue: the glandular tissue (the milk ducts and glands) and fatty tissue.

Fibrocystic breasts occur because of hormonal changes that occur during your menstrual cycle, which causes swelling of the fibrous tissue. Fibrocystic changes are most common before menopause, but you may have them after menopause, especially if you are on hormone replacement therapy.

What are the symptoms of fibrocystic breasts?

If you have fibrocystic breasts, you may notice periodic changes in your breasts that include:

  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Variations in the texture or size of the breast
  • Lumpiness or thickening of the breast

In some cases, you may have nipple drainage that is non-bloody, green, dark brown, or yellow. While fibrocystic breasts are usually the cause for breast tissue changes, you should have an evaluation if you notice symptoms that last past your menstrual cycle.

The team at Georgia Breast Care completes a full assessment, including a breast exam, and orders a mammogram or ultrasound.

What are the treatments for fibrocystic breasts?

Typically, your provider treats fibrocystic breasts only if you are experiencing pain or discomfort. In some cases, they may use a needle to remove fluid from larger, fluid-filled lumps.

You may also help improve your symptoms by:

  • Reducing or eliminating caffeine
  • Wearing a well-fitting, firmly supportive bra
  • Taking a non-prescription pain reliever
  • Using a warm compress
  • Taking a warm shower
  • Reducing fat in your diet

Your provider may suggest other treatments, such as adjustments to your hormone therapy or birth control or nutritional supplements. The team at Georgia Breast Care understands that any changes to your breasts may be a cause for concern and strives to create a plan of care that improves your symptoms and sets your mind at ease.

For an expert evaluation of your fibrocystic breasts, call or schedule an appointment online with Georgia Breast Care today.