Mammary glands and mammograms

We’re familiar with changes in our boobs throughout our menstrual cycle. During perimenopause changes can be similar, swelling, pain, tenderness and so on. They’ve given up the milk producing function and breast tissue shrinks. Reducing oestrogen can make breast tissue dehydrated. With these changes the roundness and bounciness is replaced with a little sagging. Gravity does us no favours either. Research shows lumps are more common during menopause, which are usually harmless.

We all dread finding that lump. It happened to me in my mid thirties. All turned out to be fine. It goes without saying to know your boobs. Look out for changes, rashes, dimpling.


Self examination. Check whilst in the shower. Never miss your mammograms. I’ll be having mine soon.

I used be a little envious of ladies with voluptuous boobs, I was never in this category. The envy waned when I learned my cousin had enlarged breasts through her perimenopause.They became more swollen and heavy, she suffered terrible back pain. Thankfully she was able to have a reduction. No more back pain which also helped her posture.


Swimming, yoga, and push ups help support the muscles behind the breast tissue.

Make sure you’re wearing the right bra size. It’s easy to get measured.

Any concerns see your health professional.

Is everyone up to date with their mammograms?

2 responses to “Mammary glands and mammograms”

  1. Joolz avatar

    Always have mammograms & check boobs regularly. I like you have never been blessed with voluptuous breasts, which concerned me when I was younger. At least they don’t seem to have changed, still in the same place.

    1. Sandra Scherfler avatar

      Your swimming keeps them in the same place!!

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