So, breasts: in general, they are great, regardless of size or shape. But hell, sometimes they hurt.
Breast pain can occur for a variety of reasons – check your bra size, girls! “But there is one terrible thing about chest pain that has nothing to do with breast cancer.
“Most breast cancers don’t cause pain,” says Diane Young, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic at the Willoughby Hills Family Health Center. “Breast pain is not a symptom of breast cancer,” she repeated. So lol.
But what causes chest pain… is there a way to break free from the prison of sore breasts? Of course there is. Here’s what you need to know and do for your poor, aching breasts.
You are menstruating.
The most common cause of chest pain is the hormonal changes that occur during menstruation, especially the drop in estrogen levels after ovulation, says Diane Young, MD, of the Willoughby Hills Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center.
“During superovulation, hormone levels—estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone—increase, so PMS starts when hormone levels drop, which can cause women to experience breast pain,” she says.
Pain is called menstrual pain because it is associated with your menstrual cycle and is accompanied by swelling and soreness the day before your period and on the first day of your period, says Taran Shirazyan, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. , Reproductive Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.
The good news: they disappear when the period ends. Combination birth control pills can help because they prevent ovulation and keep estrogen levels stable, Shirazian said. If you’re looking to ditch over-the-counter painkillers, she says evening primrose oil can help relieve pain.
You stepped up your workout or pulled something.
Let’s say you do some serious push-ups, and the next day your chest hurts. This type of pain isn’t actually chest pain, Yang says, but rather from the pectoral muscles just below the chest.
Fortunately, this soreness is temporary (depending on how much and how hard you work) and can be treated with pain relievers and heat or ice applied to the muscle, Yang says.
Your bra does not support your weight.
When was the last time you wore a bra? If your chest hurts (and you haven’t changed your bra size in years), the wrong bra may be to blame.
If the breasts are too tight or too small, they can compress the breasts (all day long) and cause chest pain, Shirazian says.
The same goes for sports bras, especially if you have large breasts. If they are not supported during high-impact exercise, the extra movement of the breast tissue can pull on itself and its ligaments, causing severe pain.
Easy fix: try on all kinds of bras (yes, even sports bras) and make sure they fit perfectly in the fitting room. This means no spills, no digging, just minimal bounce when jumping up and down in the locker room. (Seriously, do it.)
Your chest is on the “bulky” side.
According to Yang, sometimes breasts appear “lumpy” due to fibrocystic breast tissue. This basically means that there are more bumps and bumps on the chest. But Yang notes that this is very common and nothing to worry about.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), those “bumps” you feel are actually benign cysts, or fluid-filled sacs inside your breasts. Again, this does not increase the risk of breast cancer, but hormonal changes can cause enlargement, pain, and tenderness during menstruation.
Your breasts are sensitive to coffee (yes, really).
If you have fibrocystic breast tissue, you may be more sensitive to stimulants like coffee, Yang says.
“There are little ducts in our breasts, and sometimes things like caffeine and chocolate can cause those ducts to swell,” she says. He added that this swelling causes pain. If your breasts seem lumpy and coffee seems out of fashion, ask your GP if you would like to consider a mastectomy.
The more you learn!