Breast Pain In Menopause

Seven in 10 women experience breast pain in their lifetime and most cases relate to pre-menstrual or menopausal pain. Symptoms of breast pain include swelling, heightened sensitivity and tenderness and general discomfort.

It is common for women to experience two types of breast pain during menopause: cyclical and non-cyclical pain. Cyclical pain is associated with the menstrual cycle and it tends to affect women during perimenopause, while non-cyclical pain is not related to the menstrual cycle and can occur at any time during a woman's lifetime. In most cases, breast pain tends to subside shortly after menopause.

What causes breast pain during menopause?

Experts believe that hormonal changes during menopause (decreased levels of oestrogen and increased levels of progesterone) are responsible for breast pain and other associated symptoms.

Coping with breast pain

Taking good care of yourself can help to ease menopausal symptoms and a healthy diet, regular exercise, rest and avoiding caffeine, alcohol and smoking, can all be beneficial. It's also advisable to make sure that you are wearing a well-fitted, supportive bra; during menopause, the size and shape of your breasts may change so it's a good idea to get fitted properly.

It is not common to require medical treatment for breast pain caused by menopause; however, if you have pain, you notice a lump in your breast or you have discharge from the nipples, it is advisable to seek advice immediately. In cases where breast pain is more severe and there are other symptoms of menopause involved, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) may be recommended.


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