A few weeks ago, a friend texted me in a panic, asking me for advice about her boobs. She said her breasts had been feeling really, really sore for the last few days, and she was starting to get freaked out. She was wondering if she could be pregnant, or if it might be a sign that her period was coming, or even if it was an alarm to go to the doctor. I managed to calm her down – but this isn’t the first time I’ve heard these concerns.
You guys email all the time asking about sore breasts, painful nipples, or just feeling discomfort in your chest area. I know that this feeling can be nerve-wrecking, but seriously, trust me: most of the time, what you’re feeling is no big deal. There are a bunch of reasons your boobs might feel sore, and it doesn’t only revolve around pregnancy or breast cancer. Usually, there’s no need to stress.
But if you’re dealing with painful breasts, I understand why you would want to know what’s going on with your body. Here are 8 surprising possible reasons your breasts are sore:
You Drink Too Much CoffeeStudies have found that drinking a lot of caffeine may contribute to breast pain. While coffee on it's own won't directly cause your boobs to hurt, drinking coffee when they're already a little sore may make the discomfort worse for some women. Your breasts might be a teensy bit sore from a hormonal reason, and then the coffee you're drinking could make it worse. Source: ShutterStock
Your Bra Doesn't Fit RightWe talk about the importance of a bra that fits right all the time - and we still can't do it enough. If you're wearing a bra that is too small or big, it can make your boobs hurt. If your bra is too tight, the underwire will push into your chest, making everything feel sore and uncomfortable. And if it's too big, that means you're not getting enough support - and all of the moving around you do during the day can lead to a feeling of soreness. Use these tips to find the right bra size so that you can eliminate this option. Source: ShutterStock
Birth ControlOne of the biggest reasons for sore breasts is some kind of hormonal change - and that can easily be brought on by using a certain kind of birth control pill. Most birth control pills come with a warning that say that breast soreness can be a common side effect. This doesn't mean everyone will experience it. The Pill works differently for everyone. I once used a birth control pill that never made my boobs hurt. Then I switched to one that made them SO sore and uncomfortable. Then I switched to one that started out fine, but a few months in, started making my breasts sore. So, if you notice that this happened around the time you switched birth control or started a new pill, talk to your doctor. Source: ShutterStock
You're Sore From An ExerciseIf you were in the gym doing any kind of exercise that might have affected your chest muscles, the resulting soreness from working them out could be the culprit. When your pecs or any muscle in that area is sore from use, it's easy to confuse that feeling with breast soreness. Maybe you weren't even at the gym - maybe you just did something different that made you feel sore, or you even could have pulled something accidentally. Source; ShutterStock
You Need A New Sports BraSpeaking of exercise, you may need a new sports bra. If you're using a sports bra that doesn't give you enough support, you could seriously injure the girls! A regular bra is one thing, but a sports bra is almost more important because the whole point of it is to give extra support and attention when you're vigorously moving around. Make sure your sports bra fits correctly, and if you have a larger breast size, you need to find one that can handle extra movement. Source: ShutterStock
You're About To Get Your PeriodProbably the most common reason for breast soreness is PMS. When your hormones are changing and you're about to get your period, painful boobs are very, very common. Some months it be a lot worse than the month before - that's normal. You might even find that it happens some months, but not every month. That's normal too! If it's really bugging you, talk to your doctor. The right birth control pill for your body might help you. Source: ShutterStock
Your Breasts Are DevelopingIf you're on the younger side and you're going through puberty, and your boobs hurt, then they're probably just developing! Have you ever heard of growing pains? They're real, and developing breasts may feel sore or sensitive sometimes. Source; ShutterStock
You're PregnantI don't want to freak anybody out, but this is still a very possible side effect. If you recently had unprotected sex or let semen get close to your down there area, and you haven't had period, you may want to take a pregnancy test just to be sure. But please remember that there are so many other reasons your breasts could be sore, so don't jump to this conclusion and freak out right away! Source: ShutterStock
Which of these reasons have you experienced? Do you ever deal with sore breasts? Tell me in the comments.