Yearly breast exams don’t traditionally begin until a woman reaches the age of 40, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your breasts examined regularly. In fact, most doctors recommend that by the age of 20 women practice self examination on a monthly basis. In addition, your yearly gynecological check up should include an examination by your doctor. The exam should continue even when you begin to have mammograms.
Breast tissue is subject to a lot of hormonal changes and can fluctuate with your monthly cycle, pregnancy, and simply aging. It’s important that you get to know your personal fluctuations - that will help you avoid the fear of finding changes. If you are unsure how to do an effective self-breast exam. ask your doctor.
It is important to have a good relationship with your doctor. You should feel comfortable asking questions and expressing concerns. The physicians at TWC work hard to form that kind of relationship with their patients. We treat the whole woman through every LifeStage - from their first visit through menopause.