Are your breasts trying to get your attention, but you're just not listening? You may only pay attention to your breasts when you're either really cold or about to start your period — well, and during sexytimes, of course. There are actually things your breasts are trying to tell you that can be pretty important, though. Specifically, pain in your breasts can be a good barometer for you overall health; believe it or not, breast pain can signal anything from hormone changes to arthritis to cancer. On the other hand, your breasts could just be telling you that you need to improve your posture, ease up on your workouts, or get a better bra.
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Women of all ages report having breast pain, also known as mastalgia. Pain can occur both before and after the menopause. However, breast pain is most common during the reproductive years. Nearly 70 percent of women report breast pain at some point during their lives, but only around 15 percent need medical treatment. The severity and location of breast pain can vary. Pain can occur in both breasts, one breast, or in the underarm. Severity can range from mild to severe and is typically described as tenderness, sharp burning, or tightening of the breast tissue.
Breast Tenderness: What It Is And What Causes It
Breast tenderness. You may experience it just occasionally, be bothered for a few days each month before your period, or you may feel tortured by aching breasts for weeks at a time. Many women tell me their breasts are so achy and swollen that sometimes they are too painful to fit them into their bra. For some, breast pain interferes with sex, work, or school. Most of us experience cyclical breast tenderness at one time or another.
Swollen and tender breasts are often a sign of high levels of estrogen, which is common in the perimenopausal period. It's also common when you're pregnant and just before your period which is why your breasts are often tender then. One study found about a third of women experienced tender breasts in early perimenopause. The good news is that this is often the first menopausal symptom to disappear as you get closer to the menopause itself, which, as you may know, is 12 months from the date of your last period. Because high levels of estrogen are often behind the breast swelling, you're right to think that progesterone—which can help balance your hormonal levels and prevent estrogen from overstimulating breast tissue—might be a possible treatment.