Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What exactly is mastitis? Does it include the breast tenderness I experience before my period?
A: Some women’s breasts are unusually tender and lumpy, with symptoms of pain and dull heaviness that vary with the menstrual cycle. This condition is called cyclic mastalgia or mastitis and is often associated with premenstrual stress syndrome (PMS). When the lumps become significant enough to be called cysts, this condition is sometimes called fibrocystic breast disease.
Besides discomfort, perhaps the worst problem of this condition is that it can mimic the appearance of breast cancer on mammograms, leading to false alarms. To make matters worse, fibrocystic changes can also hide true cancers. If you are concerned about any lumps, it is a good idea to have a consultation with your physician to rule out any serious diseases.
If you suffer from mastitis, you may try the Traditions of Tao “Passages Plus” herbal formula to help balance your pre-menstrual hormone level. Of Course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.