Painful breasts, almost half of all women experience them, with over 20% describing severe symptoms – breast tenderness is not just a normal part of being a girl. Your breasts are telling you it’s time to do some health fine-tuning. And that’s what we’re going to do together through this article!
Most of us experience cyclical breast tenderness at one time or another. It is typically generalized throughout both breasts, associated with your period, and may start somewhere after mid-cycle or the week before your period, and usually goes away when your period starts. Gynecologists consider a minor amount of cyclic breast tenderness normal and just related to cyclic hormonal changes.
A third of women experience non-cyclical breast pain – it may be persistent throughout the month and is usually localized to one area of the breast. This can be caused by hormonal imbalances, pregnancy, large breasts, hormone replacement therapy, other medications including antidepressants, mastitis or local infection, cysts, and is very rarely caused by breast cancer.