cases the pain develops in the days just before a period?
women it is more severe and can affect the quality of your life?
Did you know that Breast pain (mastalgia) is usually classed as either Cyclical breast pain, or Noncyclical?
- Cyclical breast pain – where the pain is related to periods.
Typically, it occurs in the second half of the monthly cycle, getting
worse in the days just before a period; OR
- Noncyclical breast pain – where the pain is not related to periods.
Did you know that up to 7 in 10 women develop breast pain at some stage in their life?
Did you know that breast pain in 2 in 3 cases are cyclical breast pain, and about 1 in 3 are
Did you know that if you are not sure which type of breast pain you have, it
may be worth keeping a pain diary for 2-3 months?
Did you know that Cyclical breast pain is very common?
Did you know that Cyclical Breast pain can first occur at any age
after periods start, but most commonly first develops between the ages
of 30 and 50 years?
Did you know that Cyclical Breast pain does not occur in women past the menopause when
the periods have stopped?
Did you know that Cyclical Breast pain is more sensitive than usual to the normal hormonal changes that
occur each month?
Did you know that Cyclical Breast pain is not due to any hormone disease or to any problem
in the breast itself, although it is not serious, it can be a nuisance?
Did you know that most women with breast pain often worry that the pain is caused by breast
Did you know that the first symptom of breast cancer is usually a
Did you know that pain is not usually an early symptom of breast cancer?
Did you know that if you have breast pain and any of the following: that you should see a doctor?
- A lump in your breast or under your arms.
- Discharge from a lump or nipple.
- A family history of breast cancer.
- Swelling and redness in your breast.
- Any symptoms of pregnancy, such as a missed period.
women with moderate breast pain are not treated with medications or
Did you know that the following suggestions have been shown to reduce
breast pain in some women?
a good, supportive bra to reduce breast movement. Many women with
breast pain find it comfortable to also wear a bra while they sleep.
- Limit sodium intake.
- Reduce caffeine intake (coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate).
- Maintain a low fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains.
- Maintain an ideal weight. Losing excess weight may reduce breast pain by stabilizing hormone levels.
- Occasionally use over-the-counter pain-relief drugs such aspirin, acetaminophen, or Motrin.
vitamins. Some women have found that taking Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine),
Vitamin B1 (thiamine), and Vitamin E relieves breast pain.
evening primrose oil. Some women have found that regular consumption of
the herb, evening primrose oil, in liquid or tablet form reduces breast
- Cyst aspiration. Physicians sometimes drain benign (non-cancerous), fluid-filled cysts to relieve breast pain. It may not be possible to drain very small cysts.
- Relax. Some breast pain can be caused by stress and may subside by reducing anxiety and tension.
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