Symptoms of pregnancy include a missed period, breast tenderness, nausea and fatigue. But it helps to remember that these are just symptoms and not confirmations!
It is not uncommon for many women to experience breast tenderness and missed periods, yet not be pregnant. These symptoms can be quite uncomfortable if not treated or diagnosed early and correctly. The following article provides some practical information on handling the symptoms of breast tenderness during missed periods for reasons other than pregnancy.
Understanding Breast Tenderness
Breast tenderness can be defined as any pain, soreness or discomfort in the breasts. These symptoms are often accompanied by swelling. Mild breast tenderness is often experienced during menstrual periods, pregnancy and breast-feeding. It can be a little uncomfortable, but the tenderness tends to disappear after the period ends.
Women may suffer more severe breast tenderness when approaching menopause, and in many cases this will continue during and after menopause.
What Causes Breast Tenderness and Missed Periods, Aside from Pregnancy?
Breast tenderness and missed periods can be caused by a wide variety of factors. During menopause, in the majority of cases, the cause is an imbalance in the levels of the hormone estrogen.
Hormonal imbalance during the menstrual cycle affects the amount of estrogen and progesterone in the body in different ways. Usually, when estrogen levels are down and progesterone levels are up, the breasts increase in size. Sometimes hormonal imbalance alters the system and increases the breasts to even larger size making them more susceptible to pain for even longer periods. In response to this it is essential to maintain healthy hormonal levels.
While these hormonal imbalances are not usually serious, there are some long-term health risks that can be avoided with treatment. Understand that missing a period is neither a disease nor a sure sign that you’re pregnant. Sometimes missing a period is perfectly normal and doesn’t mean anything is wrong.
How do I Manage These Symptoms?
Hormonal imbalance is the most likely cause for breast tenderness during menopause, so initial treatment should involve returning hormone levels to normal. This can be achieved with a healthy diet and exercise regime, supplemented with natural medicines.
Whilst easy enough to prescribe, maintaining a healthy lifestyle approach can be quite difficult to put into practice and often involves a significant change in daily habits. For this reason, there are various herbs and remedies available to help in the process.
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