Your health care provider will take your medical history and do a physical examination. The provider will check for breast lumps, and will note the qualities of the lump (firm, soft, smooth, bumpy, and so on).
A mammogram or breast ultrasound may be done to evaluate any abnormal finding on a breast exam. If a lump is found that is not clearly benign, you may need a breast biopsy.
These hormone medicines from your doctor may reduce or eliminate symptoms:
- Injections or shots that contain the hormone progestin (Depoprovera). A single shot works for up to 90 days. These injections are given into the muscles of the upper arm or buttocks. They relieve symptoms by stopping menstrual periods.
- Birth control pills
Diuretics (water pills) taken before your menstrual period may reduce breast swelling and tenderness.
Danazol, a manmade androgen (male hormone), may be used in severe cases. If danazol does not work for you, other medications may be prescribed.