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Swollen and Painful Breasts during PMS? Is this normal and how to alleviate the pain?

Why do we feel pain in breast before menstruation?


Swollen and sore breasts are accompanying symptoms and they can’t be regarded as illness. Therefore there is no need to talk about the treatment of swollen and tender breasts, but we should be familiar with the meaning of these hormonal disorder.

It is believed that 70% of women aged over 30 have problems with swollen and painful breasts before menstruation. This tells us that this problem is completely normal and is occur due to natural circumstances that happening in the female body.


What hormonal changes are occurring in body?


During ovulation, there is an imbalance of hormones, two female hormones - estrogen and progesterone. Initially, estrogen is the main culprit for the appearance of swollen breasts, because then its concentration is significantly higher. 

In the second part of ovulation, a few days before menstruation, hormone levels of progesterone increases and show its influences on mammary enlargement. Hormonal disorder results in a feeling of large, swollen and painful breasts to touch.

The appearance of swollen and painful breasts can also occur during pregnancy and the postpartum period, or during breastfeeding.

What are the symptoms?

The appearance of swollen and painful breasts can also occur during pregnancy and the postpartum period, or during breastfeeding.

Breasts begin to slowly go away because there is water retention in the body due to the action of estrogen. In addition to soreness, every woman felt the pain that was once weaker and sometimes so strong that even shower can be very uncomfortable. Lying on stomach, wearing tight stuff, and touches the breast can be a very painful experience for a woman.

It is important to know that in this period before menstruation, pain and swelling occurs on both breasts evenly. They are warm, swollen and very painful. This should be considered as a physiological phenomenon, because breast cancer is often follows with pain and changes occur in one breast. Oftentimes, the incidence of pain is missing.

If you suspect on breast cancer, pay attention to some additional signs that may indicate that there may be a problem such as cancer of the breast:

• Newly established nodes, or nodes that are not retreating, and didn’t reduce already growing

• Discharge from the nipple, a narrow set if the brown or bloody, or even greenish or yellowish

• Uneven nodes, or nodes and pain that occur in only one breast.

For some women it could be coming to fibrocystic thickening, which can feel under fingers as nodes. It is quite normal because the breast tissue is soft like sponge and really attracts and retains water.

For some women it could be coming to fibrocystic thickening, which can feel under fingers as nodes. It is quite normal because the breast tissue is soft like sponge and really attracts and retains water.


All these symptoms are transient and disappear with the onset of the cycle, and in some women it stays during cycles to completely disappear with the end of bleeding.


How to alleviate the symptoms of swollen and tender breasts?


• Massage

You need to know that massage can reduce soreness. Massage can run during showering with gentle movements. Massaging breasts, you stimulate lymphatic drainage and removal excess fluid from the tissues of mammary gland.


• Reduce salt intake

A few days before the cycle, try to regulate the diet, with a little reducing of your salt intake. Salt retains water in the body, and causes swelling of the breasts.


• Reduce your intake of caffeine, alcohol, chocolate

Women, who bring a lot of coffee or other drinks with caffeine, have more chances for the occurrence of swollen and tender breasts during PMS.


• Enter enough magnesium

There is probably no more important mineral for a woman, such as magnesium. Turn multivitamin preparation and meet the needs of your body for nutrients.


• Drink tea from the parsley and dandelion

Parsley and dandelion are excellent herbs that will help you with the excretion of excess fluid from the body. Drink this tea before cycle in manner to reduce swelling and painful breast.

• Cabbage leaves

If you have a problem with swollen and painful breasts, you could put on each breast the fresh cabbage leaf and cover it with gauze or towel. You could even put it in your bra. This trick you can use as the option if you are breast-feeding.

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