Breast Tenderness and Missed Periods: Am I Pregnant?

Pregnancy includes missed periods, breast tenderness, nausea, and fatigue. However, keep in mind that these are just signs and not confirmations. It is common for many women to experience breast tenderness and missed periods yet not be pregnant, as these symptoms are also common during perimenopause. Unfortunately, these symptoms can be quite uncomfortable if not treated or diagnosed early and correctly. The following article provides some practical information on handling breast tenderness during missed periods.

Understanding Breast Tenderness

Breast tenderness: women may suffer from it when approaching menopauseBreast tenderness occurs as a result of hormonal changes. Usually, during the menstrual cycle, hormone shifts cause discomfort and pain in breast tissue. Breast pain can range from mild to severe, and it can be associated with some disorders like mastitis or more serious disorders like ectopic pregnancy and breast abscess.

Breast pain is categorized into cyclical and noncyclical pain. Cyclical pain may be related to hormonal changes during reproductive stages, such as when it can occur monthly at certain points in the menstrual cycle. Noncyclical pain can have many causes, and it is more common among women. However, if unexplained breast pain doesn't go away after menopause, you should consult your doctor.

What Causes Breast Tenderness and Missed Periods?

Women may suffer from breast tenderness during premenstrual syndrome (PMS). When estrogen levels drop, the breast ducts enlarge, resulting in breast tenderness. If you do not have sex, your breast tenderness can't be related to pregnancy, but it can be caused by poor diet or as a side effect of certain medications.

Woman in a pool: swimming can help to control hormone levels and prevent breast painThe causes of missed periods can include: excessive weight loss or gain, eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, or overexercise. Also, high stress levels can interfere with ovulation. In addition, medical conditions like oligomenorrhea – a long time between periods – causes missed periods. In that case, make an appointment with your doctor.

How to Manage These Symptoms

If you are concerned about your breast pain, a mammography can confirm the presence or absence of breast cancer cells. After a clinical evaluation, most women will take some prescribed medications to reduce the pain.

For irregular periods, the first step is to talk to your doctor, and if they are not a sign of a serious condition, you can follow some simple tips:

•  Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables
•  Monitor your nutrient intake, such as calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids
•  Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes, five times a week
•  Relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation help relieve stress


Some doctors may prescribe birth control pills to normalize the cycle and anti-inflammatory drugs for breast pain, and these are often successful, but keep in mind that birth control pills are synthetic hormones, so they may cause side effects. It is better, if possible, to first treat these unpleasant symptoms by making healthy lifestyle changes.

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