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Breast Pain and Tenderness

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Menopausal women will experience many symptoms before and after reaching menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, and breast tenderness. In particular, the symptom of breast tenderness can have a significantly negative impact on a woman's life. For this reason, it is important to understand the warning signs of breast pain and tenderness in order to prevent the symptoms. Read on to find out what causes breast pain, how to recognize it, as well as some tips on how to manage it.

What Causes Breast Pain and Tenderness?

Breast pain is most commonly associated with fibrocystic changes in breast tissue. In such cases, pain may occur in both breasts, though one breast may be more painful than the other in some cases. With fibrocystic changes, the pain most often occurs about a week before your menstrual period. It will however, usually go away gradually with the onset of your period.

What Are the Symptoms of Breast Pain and Tenderness?

Breast pain and tenderness during menopause could be slightly more intense, but in most cases, they disappear after menopause ends.

To prevent serious health problems, you should identify certain key differential breast pain-related symptoms. For example, if you present:

  • Mild discomfort to severe tenderness and pain
  • Breast lumps
  • Nipple discharge

It would be a good idea to talk to a doctor. Also, it is important to remember that the overwhelmingly majority of the time, these symptoms are not something to worry about, especially if they seem linked to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

Tips for Dealing with Breast Pain and Tenderness

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Caffeine exacerbates breast tenderness in many women, as it dilates vessels and stretches out the nerves, so many find relief after cutting back on coffee consumption or giving up other highly caffeinated drinks. Salt can have a similar effect on women, since it promotes water retention. Cutting back is therefore recommendable. Increasing fiber and green leafy vegetables intake in your diet can also help by flushing out excess estrogen. Furthermore, Vitamin E is popular for providing relief from breast pain, though data to support its effectiveness is still inconclusive. A well-fitting bra may be one of the simplest and most effective way of reducing breast pain.

Although these healthy tips and diet changes are necessary to achieve breast pain relief, you should also try to balance your hormones through lifestyle changes like eating healthy and exercising regularly. A hormonal balancing program is another option worth exploring. However, this treatment has been related to several health risks so should be discussed with a doctor beforehand.

Alternative treatments have been shown to work efficiently and naturally, and are often able to target the issue of hormonal imbalance directly. However, the most powerful treatment is thought to be a combination of lifestyle changes and alternative treatments. For further information on choosing which treatment for breast pain and tenderness click on the link.

Breast Pain during Premenopause: Is That Normal?

Breast pain is directly linked to hormone fluctuations, and can range from mild to severe. Keep reading to learn more about premenopausal breast pain.

How Can Herbs Help Me with Breast Pain?

Breast pain is a common symptom of menopause, and many women use herbal remedies to relieve cyclical breast pain and tenderness.

Myths and Facts about Sharp Pain in Breasts

There is a lot of misinformation that circulates about breast pain. Click here to see the myths busted and learn the truth about breast pain.

Sources:
  • Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause". November 2007.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007.