Breast pain can be cyclical, and related to the menstrual cycle, or non-cyclical. When diagnosed, a number of treatment options are available. It can range from mild to severe. Causes Mastalgia can be broken down into three separate categories: cyclic, noncyclic, an extramammary. Normal fibrocystic changes can cause breast pain, swelling, or thick areas.
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All About Cyclical Breast Pain Mastalgia Updated: Jan 17, Pin Doctors group the different types of breast pain into three categories: cyclical, noncyclical, and extra-mammary. Cyclical breast pain - or cyclical mastalgia - is the most common type, and is thought to affect most women at some point during their life.
The pain can present itself in various ways, at different times, but in general it is manageable. Read on to discover what causes this kind of breast pain, and how you might be able to stop or alleviate it. What Is Cyclical Breast Pain? Cyclical breast main is specifically pain which arises with a direct correlation to the monthly menstrual cycle.
Pain is usually at its worst 3 - 5 days before the first day of your period, and can vary from slight tenderness to more intense pain and aching. Unfortunately, for some women the discomfort can begin around two weeks before her period, and persist until the end of bleeding.
What Causes Cyclical Breast Pain? Due to the presence of pain at specific points of the monthly cycle, it is widely acknowledged that the cyclical mastalgia is related to hormonal fluctuations. It is thought that the reproductive hormones affects the bodily tissue that makes up the breast, making it more sensitive which can result in tenderness or a sore sensation in some women. It is possible to identify cyclical breast pain because it has specific distinctions from other types of pain.
If you are experiencing this condition, you might notice the following: Tenderness or pain which worsens as you approach your period Increased pain or sensitivity when undergoing physical activity Pain in one or both breasts, that might reach the armpit Some swelling or development of lumps in the breasts It might be helpful to keep a note of your personal symptoms on a chart or calendar, in order to identify whether you are encountering cyclical mastalgia or not. Most of the time women find that they can tolerate the tenderness and pain that occurs with cyclical mastalgia; however, for those who suffer from a more intense condition, there are management techniques and methods of pain relief that can be explored.
Effective cyclical breast pain treatments include: Obtaining well-fitting underwear. It is advisable to be measured professionally and take time to find a bra that provides adequate support and comfortability. This is particularly important for those who are considerably physically active. Consuming pain killers. Over-the-counter pain relief medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can be successful in alleviating or even eliminating cyclical breast pain altogether.
Taking hormone-influencing medication. Because hormonal activity is the cause of cyclical breast pain, it can be advisable to look into administering or changing medication such as oral contraceptives, in order to lessen the pain. Cyclic pain in one or both breasts is normal, and unfortunately must be endured by the vast majority of women.
Breast Pain (Mastalgia)
All About Cyclical Breast Pain Mastalgia Updated: Jan 17, Pin Doctors group the different types of breast pain into three categories: cyclical, noncyclical, and extra-mammary. Cyclical breast pain - or cyclical mastalgia - is the most common type, and is thought to affect most women at some point during their life. The pain can present itself in various ways, at different times, but in general it is manageable. Read on to discover what causes this kind of breast pain, and how you might be able to stop or alleviate it. What Is Cyclical Breast Pain?
Mastalgia is breast pain. There are 2 main types of mastalgia: Cyclical breast pain. The pain is linked to menstrual periods. Noncyclic breast pain.
An Overview of Mastalgia
This condition is called cyclic mastalgia or cyclic mastitis and is often associated with premenstrual syndrome PMS. When the lumps become significant enough to be called cysts, the condition is called fibrocystic breast disease. Besides discomfort, perhaps the worst problem of this condition is that it can mimic the appearance of breast cancer on mammograms, leading to false alarms. To make matters worse, fibrocystic changes can also hide true cancers, and some evidence hints that women with fibrocystic breast disease may also have a greater tendency toward breast cancer. The cause of cyclic breast pain is unclear. One theory, popular in Europe, suggests that higher than normal levels of the hormone prolactin may be involved.
Breast Pain (Mastalgia): Management and Treatment
Clearly related to the menstrual cycle Unrelated to the menstrual cycle Described as dull, heavy or aching Described as tight, burning or sore Often accompanied by breast swelling or lumpiness Constant or intermittent Usually affects both breasts, particularly the upper, outer portions, and can radiate to the underarm Usually affects one breast, in a localized area, but may spread more diffusely across the breast Intensifies during the two weeks leading up to the start of your period, then eases up afterward Most likely to affect women after menopause More likely to affect women in their 20s and 30s before menopause as well as women in their 40s who are transitioning to menopause Extramammary breast pain The term "extramammary" means "outside the breast. Pulling a muscle in your chest, for example, can cause pain in your chest wall or rib cage that spreads radiates to your breast. Contributing factors may include one or more of the following: Reproductive hormones. Cyclic breast pain appears to have a strong link to hormones and your menstrual cycle. Cyclic breast pain often decreases or disappears with pregnancy or menopause. Breast structure.