Breast pain is common and rarely a symptom of breast cancer as generally believed. However, if you experience redness or swelling, it could be a sign of infection (especially in breastfeeding women), and you should see a doctor ASAP.
Here are some popular reasons you might be feeling sore boobs.
1. It’s your period
Most female breast pain results from hormonal changes. Doctors call this cyclical breast pain because it’s directly associated with your menstrual cycle.
Hormones like estrogen and progesterone fluctuate throughout the month, wreaking all sorts of havoc on your body and your brain. Estrogen and progesterone can increase the size and number of ducts and milk glands in your breasts. This causes the breasts to swell and retain water.
A few days before your period starts, both breasts can swell and become tender, sensitive, or even lumpy. You may also feel pain around your breasts, including the upper chest, outer sides of the breasts, the armpit, and the arm.
Breast sensitivity and tenderness should go away as soon as your period ends.
2. You aren’t wearing the right bra size
It’s more common than you think! Measure yourself and make sure you’re wearing the proper size bra to support your breasts.
3. It’s a sign of pregnancy
When you first get pregnant, your body goes through a lot of hormonal shifts. Hormones trigger changes that prepare your body to sustain a pregnancy.
In the first weeks of pregnancy, you may notice your breasts are swollen and tender. Your nipples might also stick out.
Other early symptoms of pregnancy include:
- constipation and heartburn
- changes in food preferences
- missed periods
- nausea with or without vomiting
- peeing more often than usual
If your breast pain is critical, talk to your OB-GYN. You should also tell your doctor if you feel a lump, notice skin changes, or experience discharge.
4. Plausibly an infection
An infection of the breast tissue is named mastitis. Mastitis is common among women who are breastfeeding, but it can occur to anyone. It typically affects only one breast.
Symptoms will likely begin swiftly. In addition to pain, you may encounter:
5. You’re on birth control
Birth control can cause alterations in breast tissue by changing estrogen and progesterone levels during the menstrual cycle. These changes can alter the size of someone’s breasts and make them feel tender or sore.
Make Sure To Visit Your Doctor For Regular Check-Ups