This might sound like a weird question, but whatever I guess. I’m 16-years-old and my boobs are sore a lot. I started taking birth control pills recently, but they even felt sore before that. Is it because they’re growing? Or does it mean something is wrong, like maybe I have breast cancer? My friend said it could mean I’m pregnant. I’m kind of freaking out. Please help!
Don’t freak out! There are a few different reasons your boobs are sore, but there is no point in panicking before you know exactly what’s going on. It’s most likely nothing to worry about, but let’s go through everything that could be happening.
Before you jump to scary conclusions, I’ll go ahead and say that, at 16-years-old, it would be highly unusual for your breast soreness to be a sign of breast cancer, as that rarely strikes teens. It’s entirely possible that your boobs are sore because you’re still going through puberty or your breasts are still developing. But if you’re on birth control pills and you’re also regularly getting your period, I’m going to say it’s probably because one of those things.
One of the side effects of birth control pills can be breast soreness. Some birth control pills can make your boobs swell, which can be painful. But since you’re saying you were experiencing this feeling even before you started taking the pills, I’m guessing that’s not what’s going on. The Pill could be adding to it, though, in which case you need to tell your doctor what’s going on. There are tons of different birth control pills out there, and if this one is bothering you, you should try another one.
When do your boobs feel sore the most? It’s really common for girls to feel breast soreness before, during and/or after their period. All of the hormonal changes happening around that time can easily result in pain in your breasts. It’s just another symptom of PMS. So, if you’ve been getting breast soreness around the time of your period, they’re most likely connected. You can try taking Tylenol, or vitamins like B or E to relieve the pain.
As for the pregnancy option: yes, it’s true that breast soreness can be a sign of pregnancy. However, you said your boobs have been feeling sore for a while. If that’s the case, it’s probably not a sign that you’re pregnant, especially if you’re being safe and using birth control pills (and condoms hopefully!).
So, there are a lot of different things that could be happening here. Your best bet is to talk to your doctor about it. He or she can help you pinpoint the problem a lot better than I can, since they’ll be able to check out your body to see what’s going on. Schedule an appointment, and in the meantime, try to relax!
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