Women often suffer from pain, heaviness and squeezing in the breasts, especially before periods.
Breast pain may vary in severity from mild, bearly sensible discomfort to severe burning and aching, which can even interfere with your daily activities. It may affect one or both of your mammary glands, lasting from several hours to several weeks.
If you experience breast soreness some days before menses, it is called cyclic pain, because it is related to your menstrual cycle. Statistics shows that nearly 75% of breast aching cases refer to cyclic pain.
Noncyclic breast pain is usually a permanent or intermittent condition, which doesn’t have any correlation with menstruation.
Cyclic pain commonly occurs in women between 20s and 40s, while noncyclic pain is more likely to affect postmenopausal women.
Although in the majority of cases breast soreness is a sign of benign conditions, it's worth consulting with medical professional, if pain doesn't go away within several menstrual cycles, becomes worse with time or continues after menopause.
Be aware about these things that can make your breast sore:
#1. Hormonal alterations – this is the most common reason for painful breasts. Fluctuations of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone can make woman's breasts swollen and tender, particularly before periods. Those, who are pregnant or go through menopause, often complain of unpleasant sensations in the mammaries too.
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#2. Breast cysts – it's not uncommon for women to have fluid-filled sacs (cysts) in the milk ducts or glands. The problem is that sometimes these cysts become replaced with fibrous tissue (like in the scar). This is called fibrocystic breasts disease. Not all fibrocystic changes cause pain, but sometimes women with cysts complain of aching and heaviness, which become worse at some points of the menstrual cycle. Formation of new painful lumps often happen in premenopausal women and those, who get hormonal treatment after menopause.
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#3. Inappropriately fitted bra – try to avoid wearing too loose or too tight bra, because improper support can lead to soreness in the breasts.
#4. Medications – tenderness and aching in the breasts may occur as a side effect of certain medicines like oral contraceptives, infertility therapy, antidepressants, antibiotics etc.
#5. Big breast size – large bust owners can suffer from discomfort in the breasts, neck and back, not related to menstrual cycle.
#6. Surgical intervention – if you have had breast surgery, pain in the formed scar may disturb your well-being, even when incisions heal.
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