Many women complain of breast tenderness that often occurs during their periods. Periods and tenderness of breasts is common and the level of discomfort experienced will differ from woman to woman. Usually the tenderness of the breast will begin a week or so before the menstrual cycle starts and will then lessen as the period reaches the end of its cycle.
Within the breasts of a woman there is a lot of tissue and follicles that can become enlarged or bumpy and this is most evident when the menstrual cycle begins or right before it is about to start. Particularly in the regions where the tissue is pronounced, a woman may notice that the bumps are more prominent and that the breasts feel full and much heavier than usual.
The level of estrogen that is naturally produced in a woman’s body automatically increases during periods and is at its highest about mid-cycle of menstruation. When estrogen is released it will cause an increase in size to the breast ducts which is one of the reasons the breasts appear and feel fuller. Right before the onset of the menstrual cycle another hormone called progesterone is also released and this delivers milk to the milk glands. That too can contribute to breast tenderness and soreness.
How much breast tenderness a woman feels will vary. Some women barely notice the tenderness, while others experience very painful symptoms in the breast. Some women will have pronounced breast ducts and have such acute breast tenderness that it can affect their daily tasks.
Although breast tenderness is common and uncomfortable, it typically only lasts until mid-cycle when the estrogen level is at its peak. Once the levels begin to become more controlled and regulated, the level of tenderness will decline and normal activities can resume. It is also common that the tenderness pain for the most part will subside a day or two after menstruation starts.
For women who have acute breast tenderness, there are some simple things that can be done to lessen the amount of discomfort. One key element is to buy a bra that is supportive and that fits snug to the body. If the breasts are not free to move a lot, much of the pain can be controlled. Also buy a bra that has thicker, supportive straps as this will keep the breasts close to the body and limit their movement.
Many women have also found that if they drink less caffeine and increase the amount of water that they drink are also helpful with easing the discomfort of breast tenderness. Additionally, watch and limit the amount of salt that is in foods and drinks as this helps balance the estrogen levels.
Author: Uka TumurThis author has published 11 articles so far.