Cysts tend to get worse as you approach menopause, particularly if your menstrual cycles are irregular. Fortunately, after menopause, when the ovaries eventually stop hormone production, fibrocystic disease usually becomes less evident and the breasts will become easier to examine. They may remain cystic, however, if certain medications prescribed by your doctor continue to be taken. If you are on estrogen replacement therapy, the cysts may return, but these can be controlled by taking less or a different formulation of the hormones. Close collaboration and discussion with your doctor is very important in order for symptoms of breast pain, cystic disease and lumpiness to be controlled.

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