Breast pain or breast tenderness, medically known as “mastalgia”, is due to hormonal imbalance in women. It may appear and disappear with monthly periods or may not follow any particular pattern.
Apart from hormonal fluctuation and menstrual cycle, breast pain may also arise out of poor diet, lack of adequate nutrition, weight, age, water, pregnancy, menopause, fibrocystic breast disease and in some cases after breastfeeding.
According to some studies, majority of women gets this discomfort at least once in their life. However, there are several ways in which you can ease your breast pain. Try the following:
How To Relieve Breast Pain
A Warm Compress
Application of warm compress for 15 to 20 minutes on the breasts brings great relief from breast pain. You can use a heating pad or a heated towel as a compress. A cold compress in place of a hot one may also work just fine, depending on your comfort.
Use a cold compress with frozen packs of vegetables or fruits wrapped in a towel or ice packs. This remedy helps to alleviate both recurring and non-recurring breast pain.
In case of fibrocystic breast disease, a vitamin E dose ranging from 400 IU to 600 IU per day helps to alleviate symptoms of fibrocystic changes. Vitamin B6, magnesium, and B complex are other suggested medicines to relieve breast pain.
If you have a trigger point, message the area around it or you can take the help of a lymphatic massage specialist.
A low-fat diet is usually recommended if you suffer from breast pain. Researches have found that breast pain is also caused by an imbalance of fatty acids. So reduce the total amount of fat you take which will help to lower down the fatty acid count in your body, eliminating the breast pain or breast tenderness.
Cut or at least reduce caffeine intake from your daily diet. Though the link of caffeine consumption and breast pain is not fully explained but some women have reported benefit after cutting caffeine from their diet.
Also avoid all kind of caffeine containing foods such as sodas, chocolates, coffee etc. Over intake of salt also contribute to breast pain or make it worse. Eliminate sodium rich foods from your diet especially one week before your menstrual cycle.
Removing excess fluid from the body also helps to get relief from breast pain. Drink plenty of water or you can also take natural diuretic (water pills) to flush excess fluids out.
Often doctors suggest “Depo-Provera” for women suffering from pre-menstrual breast pain. This drug provides relief from menstrual breast pains.
Wear Right Breast Support
Wear a right size and good coverage bra that will provide more support. Support bra is recommended for athletes as workouts often lend to the pain.
Also, it is important to wear bra for every woman during exercising. As not wearing one during exercise may make breast pain worse. Supports also help to minimize breast tenderness.
However you need to check with your doctor if you find unusual or changing lumps in your breasts or get brown color discharge from your breasts.