Re: Advice on monthly exams?
Each woman's breasts have their own special shape and 'lumpiness.' A doctor will suggest that you become familiar with the normal make-up of your own breasts, the feeling under your fingers of natural lumps, along with the sensations you experience.
Office exams are very important, because a doctor is familiar with what feels normal and what doesn't. The larger your breasts, the more you have to feel. If you have a question about a lump or group of lumps, your doctor will recognize the nature of these. Ask questions during your office exam.
I am not so 'blessed,' but I detected a lump that was obviously not something I had felt before. Getting a follow-up office exam to check out the lump turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made.
If you're familiar with the feeling of the normal, healthy state of your breasts, you are more likely to recognize a lump that shouldn't be there. If you ever are in doubt, let a doctor check you out.