Breast pain is a common complaint with most women. There is an immediate need to understand the fact that breast pain is not carcinogenic or an indication of one suffering from cancer, unless accompanied by a lump. Doctors have given explanations time and again on the possibilities which can induce breast tenderness as an inseparable part of one’s cyclic or non-cyclic lifestyle. A large percentage of women suffer from pre-menstrual syndrome which leads to aggravation of breast pain often starting a week before period begins, which vanishes either on the advent of the menstruation cycle or on the clearing of the same. Fibrocystic breast diseases can also lead to irritation and pain in the breast and nipple region. There are a host of natural and synthetic ways which can be adapted and made a part of your daily regime in an attempt to get relief from this problem.
Wearing a good bra
Choosing the right undergarment for rendering complete support to your breasts plays a vital role in reducing breast pain. It is a common sight to see women wearing the wrong bra size or make. Being aware of which bra to opt for, as per your body requirement and the kind of activities you are involved in your daily life, is inevitable to be kept in mind before purchasing one for yourself. A well fitted bra would prevent your breasts from bobbling while you move around, thereby reducing chances of pain in them. Moreover, if you an athlete or are involved in some kind of daily sports activity, you should choose from styles which provide adequate coverage to lend additional support. You can opt for under-wired ones but make sure they are not poking your skin. In case of pregnant or breast-feeding women, opt for invest bras that would fit your body in the work of light exercise as well. The most comfortable ones would be those with 100% cotton content and without under-wiring.
For treating breast pain, you should avoid eating food items which tend to aggravate it and encourage intake of those eatables which can provide relief from them. Maintaining a dietary chart and following it stringently can help minimize breast pain naturally to a large extent, without having to switch to artificial medications. Excessive intake of salt or sodium can lead to an increase and worsening of breast tenderness. Elimination of high sodium foods from your daily nutrition chart at least a week prior to your monthly cycle, can minimize pain due to pre-menstrual syndrome. Also, restricting the consumption of fatty food and animal products to less than 20% of your daily calorie intake can also provide solution to cyclic breast pain. Caffeine is another food ingredient which is believed to induce pain and contribute to breast lumpiness. If you experience the problem of breasts lumps it is advisable to exclude caffeine completely from your diet, and if you only have a complain of breast pain then avoid it for 1 week leading up to your periodical cycle. Drinking lots of water to flush out excessive fluids and toxins from your body can also relieve breast tenderness. Research has proven that there is a close connection between intake of B-6 vitamin and the ability of the body to metabolize estrogen.
Taking a painkiller
Although a temporary solution and not recommended to be taken on a regular basis, taking a mild painkiller occasionally like ibuprofen just before the beginning of your menstrual cycle can make hell of a difference in reducing cramps, breast pain and swelling. Doctors advice that the intake of this medicine should be restricted only to key times of the month. However, it should be completely avoided during pregnancy. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory that helps in calming irritated tissues and thus relieving painful bouts in the breast. In case OTC drugs fail to show results, your doctor might prescribe you with stronger medication options like Tamoxifen or birth control pills to reduce the intensity of the problem.
Undergoing a hormone replacement therapy like estrogen therapy in women during menopause or taking contraceptive pills for birth control can also induce pain in the breasts. In such a scenario, check with your physician about switching to alternative birth control pills or opting for a changed hormone therapy, if this applies to your situation. However, in many general cases, birth control pills are prescribed as a solution to treat breast tenderness associated with fibrocystic breast disease. If you fall under this category and in spite of having your pills consistently, this does not provide relief to your present situation, consult with your doctor to change your contraceptive pill which could solve your problem.
Gynecologists suggest that indulging in a regular exercise regime, apart from keeping you fit and fine, can aid in providing relief from cyclic breast pain. Many a times, just taking a break from your daily chores and getting outside and moving around can release pressure and muscle tension even from the breast region. Even during pregnancy, it is advisable to remain physically active by walking for at least 20 to 25 minutes everyday or performing daily household duties which can assist in keeping the problems of breast pain at bay. Moreover, inclusion of a proper physical fitness program as a part of your everyday routine can reduce many symptoms of PMS. Also, visualizing your breasts to be in an absolute weightless state, deep breathing and indulging in stress-free Yoga regimes can minimize breast pain to quite a considerable extent.
Hot and cold treatments
Last, but not the least, women over time have often adapted to hot and cold water fermentation methods in an attempt to get solace from pain and swelling in their breasts. Many feel comfortable by icing their breasts, while others report heat therapy and hot pads to be effective in having made a difference in their breast pain. The best is to try both and judge for yourself which one would prove advantageous in your condition. You can even use both alternatively if that seems to reduce your suffering.