It is not uncommon for many women to experience breast tenderness and swelling as a result of menopause. The following article provides practical information on handling the symptoms of breast pain as a menopause symptom.
What is Breast Tenderness and Swelling? Why is it a Symptom
Breast tenderness and swelling can be defined as an enlargement of both or one of the breasts, usually accompanied by soreness or pain. A sensation of breast swelling and tenderness is typically experienced during menstrual periods, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Women also suffer from breast swelling and tenderness as they are approaching menopause, and in many cases this will continue through and after menopause.
What Causes Breast Tenderness and Swelling?
Experiencing breast tenderness and swelling for the first time can be a frightening experience. With statistics indicating that one in 12 women is diagnosed with breast cancer,
this can obviously increase concern. One should keep in mind that every woman will experience breast tenderness and swelling at some point and the causes are almost always unrelated to cancer.
Some causes include:
Infection. A breast infection, most frequently caused by clogged sebaceous glands or breastfeeding, almost always results in tender and swollen breasts.
Hormones. Fluctuating hormone levels are the most common cause of breast tenderness and swelling. Tenderness during menstruation is referred to as cyclical breast pain and is no cause for concern. However, hormones work in other ways as well. Girls who are nearing puberty, menopausal women and pregnant women can all expect some breast tenderness and swelling at odd times throughout the month.
Cysts. Some women develop breast cysts. Often these liquid-filled sacks go unnoticed. However, tenderness and swelling may occur, particularly when multiple cysts appear. While most cysts are benign, it is still important to have the potential cyst examined for possible malignancy or fibrocystic conditions.
Tumors. Unfortunately, a single benign tumor can grow within the breast. While the tumors themselves are usually painless, the larger they get, the more likely you are to experience breast swelling and tenderness.
Cancer. There is one type of breast cancer that causes breast pain, inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). IBC is extremely rare and found in only one to three percent of all breast cancer cases. Therefore, breast pain is an unlikely symptom of breast cancer.
In order to deal with this, it is absolutely critical to maintain healthy hormonal levels.
How Should I Handle Breast Tenderness and Swelling as a Menopause Symptom?
Because hormonal imbalance is the most likely cause of breast tenderness and swelling, initial approaches should focus on returning hormone levels to normal. This should be addressed primarily with a healthy diet and exercise regime, and supplemented with natural medicines. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be quite difficult to put into practice as it may involve a significant change in habits.
To help facilitate the change in lifestyle, there are various herbs and remedies available to help the body to produce its own sources of hormones and balance levels naturally. These come highly recommended and often without the unwanted side effects associated with HRT. Obviously combining a healthy lifestyle approach with natural remedies is a stronger treatment option.
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