I am a 15 year old girl and when i was 11 i discovered a lump in my breast which shortly went away. then a few months later it cam back and another appeared in the other breast. i saw a doctor then and she said it was fine all to do with puberty. they are fairly large and often hurt around the time of my period. i just want to know if anyone else has had this and if it will eventually go away by itself?
Last edited by MissFlowers; 08-01-2009 at 11:37 AM.
Your doctor is right- these lumps are very common in adolescent girls and also common in women of all ages. In your case, as the doc said, it's to do with puberty...hormonal changes in particular. A dead give-away is that they become more painful during your period.
When doctors find these lumps in teens, they often use the term "fibrocystic breasts".
These are BENIGN lumps, so don't worry.
I had them at your age too. (I'm 65 now!) Some of mine disappeared, some didn't. But some got much smaller. Sometimes I'd feel a new one. The pain and discomfort went away as I got older.
I was taught breast self-exam so that I got to "know" my lumps intimately!
I learned what was normal for me so that if there was ever a new lump that felt really different from the ones I already had, I'd know to have it checked by a doctor.
One of the things that can make them worse (i.e. more painful) is caffeine, so if you drink coffee or are in love with chocolate, you might want to cut back (sorry if you're a choco-holic!!)
I had 'fibrocyctic breasts' when I was a young adult. I can remember going to the infirmary in college because my breasts were so lumpy and yes, they would get painful before my period. As I got older, they weren't quite so lumpy and now that I'm past menopause (I'm 56) they are 'normal.' Learn to do a monthly self-exam (have a medical person teach you) and learn your own breast geography. If anything changes, contact your doctor. Basically, it's all about knowing your own breasts! Good for you for being observant!!