Breast pain is common and usually caused by hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle. Taking the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy can also cause breast pain. These are changes that can cause swelling, lumpiness or tenderness of the breast. Many women experience such changes as hormone levels affect their breast tissue during their menstrual cycle.
Some women experience breast pain every day, not just during the menstrual cycle. This pain is commonly associated with shoulder, neck and armpit pain and may be worse at the end of the day or after exercise.
For some women, breast pain may be severe enough to need some type of treatment.
Tips to help relieve breast pain:
• Cut out coffee, tea and cola drinks to reduce caffeine.
• Cut down on salt and fat in your diet.
• Try vitamins B6 and B1: check with your doctor or pharmacist for the dose needed.
• Evening primrose oil may help, but do not take it if you have epilepsy.
• Try holding a hot water bottle to your breasts or having a hot bath or shower.
• A cold shower or ice pack may be more helpful for some women.
• Try wearing a supportive bra, even in bed.
• Try gentle relaxation techniques or gentle massage.
• Talk to your doctor about trying anti-inflammatory medication.
• If you are taking hormone replacement therapy, talk to your doctor about going off it for a while to see if that helps or discuss changing your prescription.