15 Reasons Your Boobs Could Be Hurting
You probably experience breast pain somewhat regularly, from vague tenderness to sharp pains. Maybe you tell yourself, “It’s just a cramp” and go to sleep. But there are a lot of reasons your breasts could be hurting and you should know about them.
You’re wearing the wrong bra
You might intentionally wear a bra that is too small because it pushes your boobs together and gives you cleavage, but it also squeezes you. The underwire might push against your breasts throughout the day, causing them to be sore.
You’re lifting weights
If you’re working out your pectoral muscles more than usual, your boobs might feel the pain says Livestrong.com. As these muscles tighten during your workout, and then loosen, this can cause the area above those muscles to feel tender.
You’re sleeping on them
There isn’t any medical jargon to explain this but putting pressure on anything for a long time will make it tender. So if you’re sleeping on your stomach (and your boobs!) they might hurt. That’s the case for some women.
You don’t wear a good sports bra
You want almost zero bouncing when you workout. Having your boobs go up and down repeatedly during a workout puts too much stress on your breast tissue, and causes them to hurt.
You could be pregnant
Have you been keeping on top of that birth control pill? Checking for holes in your condoms? Or how about trying to get pregnant? Maybe you’ve been successful! With pregnancy often comes breast pain and tenderness.
You’ve had a breast biopsy
If you’ve had a breast biopsy, Imaginis.com says you might experience breast pain after the procedure for up to two years.
Your birth control
One of the potential side effects of oral contraceptives is breast pain. You can reduce the pain by reducing your sodium and caffeine intake.
Hormone replacement therapy
Ucla.edu tells us that after starting progestin hormone replacement therapy, some women experience breast pain. These women are unfortunately at a higher risk for breast cancer.
If you’re breastfeeding and are experiencing extreme breast pain, you could have Mastisis—an infection of the breast tissue that causes swelling.
Fibrocystic breast disease
This is a condition that causes a woman to have lumpy breast tissue. Essentially a woman’s breasts are filled with tiny cysts, that aren’t necessarily precancerous. But a top symptom is breast pain, according to WebMD.
You’re drinking too much caffeine
A study published in Nurse Practitioner found that women who suffer from fibrocystic breast disease can alleviate discomfort by cutting back on caffeine.
Before jumping to conclusions and worrying you have any of the other conditions on this list, ask yourself if your period is around the corner. Your breasts can hurt when you’re PMSing! The pain is the worst right before your period, says Nih.gov.
An Intraductal Papilloma is a benign lesion found mostly in women who are post-menopausal says Radiopaedia.org. Women with this condition usually report bloody nipples, which naturally are painful.
Yes, unfortunately on top of heat flashes, mood swings, weight gain and more, breast pain is a symptom of menopause. In fact Healthywomen.org says breast pain is one of the most common first symptoms of menopause.
Healthline.com says sharp pain or tenderness in the breasts can be a symptom of breast cancer. Enlarged lymph nodes, which can cause soreness, are also a symptom.