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Related To The Menstrual Cycle
common for a woman to experience breast tenderness with ovulation.
Symptoms of premenstrual breast tenderness may range from mild
to severe. Symptoms typically peak just before each menstrual
period and improve immediately after or during the menstrual
tenderness is often lower in women taking birth control pills
as the ovulation is not occurring. Factors that influence this
Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist & Sexuality
CEO & Founder of
Holistic Wisdom, Inc. & NAASAS
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dietary fat- animal fats in particular contribute to breast pain.
It may have to do with an animals' own hormones or what they have
been given to eat or the way the fat is broken down. Remember that
these days animals are given all kinds of things to make them grow
faster and get the meat to market so watch your intake during that
time of month.
products are often the culprit. Again the exact reason is unclear.
These women may have an underlying allergy to the dairy products
or may be reacting again to the hormones that were fed to the cows.
salt diets increase swelling by causing fluid retention and this
also puts a strain on the breast tissue.
psychiatric medications or antidepressants may increase breast pain.
some cholesterol-lowering and heart medications can cause breast
Scientists are only beginning to understand the links between the
immune system, our emotions and our hormones. Everyone has different
stress levels and stressors, but it is a truism that too much stress
is not good.
it is most likely ovulation that is causing it based on it being
a regular thing, you should check your breasts throughout your
cycle to find out what is "normal" for you, as a baseline. You
can do this by taking note, literally on a calendar, of any
discomfort before and during your period. Then, once you have
been off your active pills for seven days, you can do a breast
tenderness can also be a symptom of pregnancy but would not
occur before a missed period. It can also be a sign of something
more serious such as cancer... check for any unusual lumps,
increased areas of sensitivity or pain, or other changes that
may be a cause of concern. If you detect something or just want
reassurance, you can make an appointment to see your health
vitamins E and A to your diet.
the salt in your diet, especially 1 to 2 weeks before your period.
a bra that gives good support, especially if you exercise or
have large breasts.
heat on your breast with a heating pad or warm water bottle.
Teas- Corn silk, buchu and uva ursi teas-available at most health
food stores-are three very mild diuretics that seem to relieve
breast tenderness in some women. By flushing fluid from your
system, diuretics can help reduce breast swelling.
Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E, Black currant seed oil is a
rich source of essential fatty acids. These are converted in
the body to prostaglandin, which is necessary for fighting infection.
Many women find this oil reduces breast tenderness associated
Pain relievers with the active ingredient Pamabron as it acts
as a mild diuretic.
I personally recommend acupuncture as I have found it to work
wonders, but don't take my word for it, read the science in
our acupuncture article.