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My Breasts Ache During My Period, What Can I

My breasts ache during my period, what can I do?

Lots of girls get aching in their breasts before their periods start. The aches are caused by a decrease in the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which are responsible for a girl's menstrual cycle.

For some girls, these aches happen less often as they grow older. But that's not the case for everyone. Some women continue to get aches in their breasts for as long as they have their periods, which is completely normal.

Here are some tips you can try to help prevent and relieve breast pain during your menstrual period.

Support Bra: Wear a properly fitting support bra, as reducing the bounce and sway of breast tissue during your menstrual period sometimes prevents or reduces breast pain. You may want to have a professional fitting to make sure you get the right type of bra with a proper fit.

Consider camisoles: Some women, especially those who are smaller breasted, might feel better without a bra. Some camisoles provide support without the restriction of a full bra. A sports bra may also be more comfortable than a traditional bra.

Hot or cold packs may help, but don't apply these directly to your breast skin. Use a towel or soft cloth between you and the pack, and apply a hot or cold pack for only 20 minutes at a time.

Pain Relievers: For more relief, try taking ibuprofen or aspirin, both of which contain no caffeine.

Limit caffeinated beverages: Studies have been mixed over the role of caffeine in cyclical breast pain, but many women will tell you this can make a big difference. Keep in mind that caffeine is found not only in many coffees, teas, and soft drinks but in chocolate.

Hydrate and reduce salt: Drink more water and cut back on salt to limit water retention.
Slim Down: Drop some pounds if you need to. You may be surprised that just a little weight loss, sometimes as little as 2 to 3 pounds, can reduce breast pain.

Eat Right: Eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet that depends on whole grains and vegetables. Start thinking of meat as a condiment and use it sparingly. This is good for heart health, weight loss, and bone health, as well as breast and bowel health.

Destress Yourself: Lower your stress levels by doing gentle exercise, taking a tub soak, or using some simple breathing exercises. Aromatherapy may also help bring down stress, which may lower your breast pain.

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