My breasts always feel sore, even when I’m not on my period. What should I do to make them stop being sore?
As someone who dealt with constant breast soreness due to a birth control pill (more on that soon), I feel your pain – literally, I’ve felt it. Breast soreness and pain is incredibly uncomfortable and frustrating, especially when you don’t know the reasoning behind it. While it’s obviously not one of the worst pains in the world, it is something that can put you in a pretty bad mood.
I could give you my non-medical expert advice, but I decided to get in touch with my friend Dr. Sherry Ross from the site HelloFlo (a monthly period care package you need to check out) to talk about what this means and what you can do. Dr. Ross says: “As you know, breast soreness most often occurs because of your period. Painful breasts due to period hormones are common a week or two before your period.” But that’s not the only reason your breasts will hurt, and you’ve already ruled that out, so moving on!
Dr. Ross continues: “Unfortunately, some unlucky women can have breast tenderness all month long. Common causes of breast pain in both breasts, medically known as mastodynia, include the birth control pill, heavy cigarette smoking, excessive caffeine drinking, fibrocystic breasts, pregnancy, and diets high in saturated fats.” Yikes! So how can you make it go away?
She says, “Treating painful breasts depends on the cause of why you are having the pain to begin with. If you are on the birth control pill, you can change the birth control pill to another brand, which often helps reduce the pain. Limiting, or better yet, stopping cigarette smoking and caffeine drinking will quickly reduce your symptoms of breast pain. If no “real” cause can be found, over the counter remedies such as evening primrose oil, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and vitamin E can help with the discomfort. Wearing a properly fitted bra and eating a healthy diet are often easy suggestions to help ease the pain.”
If you’re on the birth control pill, it’s worth thinking about if this could be the cause of the pain. One brand I took made my boobs feel sore every day, and it was the worst. As soon as I switched it stopped. So look into that! Dr. Ross adds, “If these suggestions don’t relieve your symptoms, seeing a physician and having a breast ultrasound may be necessary.” Try these at-home remedies first, and if nothing gets better, call your doctor. Good luck!