Female Breast Pain as a Menopause Symptom

Quick Fact:
The good news is that the majority of breast pain goes away after menopause!

It is not uncommon for many women to experience breast pain and tenderness as a result of menopause. Because of the uncomfortable and sometimes scary nature of breast pain, symptoms should be diagnosed early and correctly. The following page provides practical information on handling the symptoms of breast pain as a menopause symptom.

Understanding Female Breast Pain as Menopause Symptom

Breast pain: any pain, soreness or discomfort in the breastsBreast pain can be defined broadly as any pain, soreness or discomfort in the breasts. Symptoms of breast pain are often accompanied by swelling. A light sensation of breast pain is typically experienced during menstrual periods, pregnancy and breast-feeding. In addition to this, women will also suffer severe breast pain and tenderness when approaching menopause, and in many cases this will continue throughout and following menopause.

What Causes Breast Pain?

Hormonal fluctuations during menopauseBreast pain can be caused by a wide variety of factors (in fact there is great conjecture in pinning down the exact one cause). What is known, however, is that in a majority of cases, the principal cause is an imbalance in the level of the hormone estrogen during menopause.

Hormonal imbalance during the menstrual cycle affects the amount of estrogen and progesterone in the body in different ways. When estrogen levels are down and progesterone levels are up (a common occurrence during menstruation), the breasts increase in size. During menopause, hormonal imbalance can further disrupt the system and increase the breasts to an even larger size than is normally experienced, making them even more susceptible to pain for longer periods.

In order to deal with this, it is absolutely critical to maintain healthy hormonal levels.

How Should I Handle Breast Pain as a Menopause Symptom?

Because hormonal imbalance is the most probable cause for breast pain, initial treatment should focus upon returning hormone levels to normal. This should be addressed primarily with a healthy diet and exercise regime, and supplemented with natural medicines.

Tips for Dealing with Breast Pain:

Caffeine affects many women by dilating vessels and stretching nerves, and many find relief after cutting back on coffee. Salt works in a similar way for other women. Increasing fiber and green vegetables can help by flushing out excess estrogen. Some women find relief by taking a short fast or detoxification.

Vitamin E, as well as many of the B vitamins, have been credited with providing relief for breast pain, but the data to support the effectiveness of their use in women with breast pain is limited.

A well-fitted bra is often of value in reducing breast pain. It is of important to get a good fit, and every woman seems to have her own favorite type of fit. There are professional fitters who can be of assistance.

Whilst easy enough to prescribe, maintaining a healthy lifestyle approach (including eliminating stresses) can be quite difficult to put into practice because it involves a significant change in lifestyle habit. There are also various herbs and remedies available to help in the process.

For tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and to learn more about treatments for breast pain, click on the following link.

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