Sore breasts can be a symptom of many things, but regularly are merely part of the menstrual cycle. This is normally caused by an imbalance of hormones which causes 'fibrocystic breasts'. As the pain is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body however, it is fortunately possible often to cure the problem by consuming the right things. Here we will look at the medication you can take, and how to alter your diet, in order to hopefully prevent your breasts from aching.
Give up Caffeine
Caffeinated beverages contain methyxanthines and these can cause lumps in the breasts to become inflamed. You won't see any improvement straight away, but after a few months you should notice the swelling and the pain subsides.
Many women find that supplementing with evening primrose oil capsules is very effective in helping them to overcome painful or sore breasts. An alternative herb is Agnus Castus. Again consult with a doctor before supplementing, and do not take evening primrose during pregnancy.
Wear a Tight Fitting Sports Bra
If you have very tender breasts then this will be exacerbated by them bouncing around when you are running or engaging in other activities. Thus it can help a great deal to wear a sports bra which will support your breasts and prevent pain.
Give up High Fat Diets
High fat diets cause an increase in oestrogen (the female hormone) and this can cause lumps to form in the breasts. This is often why you experience pain during periods – at a time when you are producing extra oestrogen. Several other foods, such as lettuce, are also said to increase oestrogen. Beer too can increase your oestrogen levels as it is made from herbs.
Yams are high in progesterone which can re-balance your hormones.
Some breast soreness can be caused simply by the weight of your breasts and this is particularly the case if your breasts hurt when you run or jog. To solve this problem, try losing some weight and you should find that you very quickly lose weight from your breasts as they are made mostly from fat.
Fibre helps to reduce swelling and tenderness in the breasts as it absorbs excess oestrogen. Aim to consume at least 25 grams of fibre a day.
Take Vitamin E
Increasing your consumption of vitamin E may help you to overcome sore breasts but you should consult with your doctor before drastically increasing your intake.
Use Ice Packs
For a temporary relief, many women find it soothing to apply ice packs to cold breasts. Wrap these in a cloth to ensure that they are not too cold and hold them on the areas of tenderness.