Despite how much attention they get, us girls can sometimes forget that our breasts are even there. When you’re in the middle of a really busy day, your boobs are probably one of the last things on your mind. That is, unless, they hurt. When your boobs hurt, everything hurts. Sore, sensitive breasts are the worst. It’s not even just about the uncomfortable feeling – it’s about the stress that goes along with it.
Unless you have very large breasts that cause regular and constant pain, breast soreness shouldn’t be super common. When it happens, even just sitting there in a bra can be annoying. It’s easy to worry that the soreness means something more serious, but try not to fall into that hypochondriac way of thinking. There’s probably nothing seriously wrong with you – there are a few reasons why your boobs could be hurting, and most aren’t that bad. Still, it’s important to get to the bottom of it. Want to know why your breasts are causing problems? Here are 8 possible reasons your boobs hurt.
You're Drinking Too Much CaffeineSome professionals believe that having too much caffeine can make your breasts feel sore, especially if you have lumpy breasts. There hasn't been an official study on this, so we can't say for sure if it's true, but it's definitely possible. A lot of women find that cutting down on caffeine helps with breast soreness, so if you drink a lot of coffee or tea and deal with a lot of pain, it might be worth trying. Source: iStock
You're PMSingProbably the biggest reason for breast soreness is PMS and menstruation. If you notice that your boobs get sore around the same time every month, then that's probably exactly what's happening. In the week before you get your period, progesterone production increases. This can cause an expansion in the milk duct, which leads to breast tenderness. It doesn't happen to everyone, but it happens to a lot of people. When I start to feel my boobs getting more sensitive, I know that means I'm about to get my period. Source: iStock
Your Boobs Are GrowingStill going through puberty? Your breasts are probably sore because they're growing and changing. It's very common for boobs to hurt when they're developing. They might feel more sensitive or they might just feel sore. This is totally normal and nothing to worry about. Source: iStock
You Need A New BraThere are lots of reasons to get a proper bra fitting, and one of them is that wearing the wrong size is going to hurt your boobs. If your bra is too big, it's not giving you enough support, which is going to leave boobs feeling sore. If it's small, it's going to squeeze the girls, leaving them feeling wounded and sad. Make sure you get fitted! Old bras can cause soreness too. If they stop supporting you as well, they can cause pain. Oh, and wearing the wrong sports bra and then doing a lot of activity will definitely contribute to pain as well. Source: iStock
You Did Something While ExercisingWhenever I do strength training in my upper arm, abdomen or chest area, I notice a lot of pain in my boobs the day after. It's not actually in my boobs, it's just that it feels like it is. So, if you've done anything like that, the exercise could be the culprit. Unless it's serious pain that lasts for days, it's probably just sore muscles. Exercise can also cause other injuries, so keep that in mind. Source: iStock
It's Your Birth Control PillsIdeally, your birth control pills should stop hormonal breast pain. I've tried a lot of different brands, and I've found that while some of them helped with my monthly breast pain, a few of them actually made it worse. One birth control pill I was on made my boobs feel sore and sensitive all the time - it was bad enough to make me go off of them. If you notice a lot of pain after switching pills or even if you're on them in general (sometimes it can start happening out of nowhere), talk to your gyno. Source: iStock
You Pulled SomethingIt's totally possible that you pulled a muscle and hurt your chest area. This could be done during exercise, gym class, a sport, or even just reaching for something in a weird way. Try taking a painkiller or using a heating pad to get rid of the pain. Source: iStock
You're PregnantI don't want to freak anyone out, but since breast pain is one of the biggest first signs of pregnancy, I feel responsible to include it in here. If you notice breast pain along with a missing period, nausea, and fatigue, you should take a pregnancy test. It's important to remember not to jump to conclusions - there are so many other things the breast pain could mean! Source: iStock
Which of these things have you experienced? What did I forget to include? Let me know in the comments!