Fibrocystic mastopathy is a widespread condition among women between the ages of 30 and 50 – explains Dr. Angelica Della Valle, a breast specialist at Humanitas. Due to congenital and hormonal causes, the breast develops abnormally, is characterized by changes in the tissue of the mammary gland such as, for example, the formation of cysts or the increase in connective tissue. It is often accompanied with palpation pain and breast tension before the menstrual cycle or continuously. Pain relief packs of arnica gel supplements based on bromelain or vitamin E may be useful, but when the pain becomes more intense, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications such as acetyl salicylic acid may also be helpful. However, this is not a serious disease, nor does it increase the risk of breast cancer, nor does its presence require special treatment. However, reducing coffee and chocolate consumption when tension and pain are stronger, can help soothe these symptoms, as well as supporting the breast with a sports bra can give more comfort than with the underwire bra. Although self-palpation can be more painful at certain cycle times, it is always important: even if it never replaces diagnostic tests such as ultrasound and mammography, it can help to detect any abnormalities that will need to be investigated by a specialist.