Breast pain and tenderness is a common menopausal sign, in most cases. Simple things like putting on a shirt or jogging can cause sharp pain. This may be a new occurrence or a long-recurring cycle from periods of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Whatever the case may be, it is helpful to know the best home remedies for easing symptoms.
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If you put on an uncomfortable bra, especially one that is too tight, it can cause a mild breast pain and tenderness to feel even more severe. Bras can cause agitation if they are too tight or have underwire, but on the other hand, wearing no bra can be uncomfortable too. You can get maximum support from wearing a soft sports bra or a well-padded bra without underwire.
According to studies, daily doses of vitamin E can reduce breast pain and tenderness. Foods rich in vit E include almonds, spinach, tofu, and sunflower seeds. You can also take vit E supplement.
Dandelion, with botanical name – Taraxacus officinale, is a yellow traditional medicinal plant. Many think these yellow flowers are weeds. The diuretic properties in dandelion can help remove excess water from the body and breasts, which can relieve heaviness and soreness. Also, it has a calming effect on the body.
Chasteberry, Vitex agnus-castus, is a standard treatment for breast pain, especially in Europe. It slows the release of the hormone (prolactin) that stimulates milk production in pregnant women. Studies have shown chasteberry tea can be effective for eliminating breast pain. Prolactin can also be released during menstruation or other hormonal shifts such as menopause. This can cause pain, since no milk is actually being produced.
Warm and Cold Compresses
A warm or cold compress can greatly reduce aching, depending on your symptoms. If you have sharp pains, you may want to use a warm compress for 15 – 20 minutes. Ensure it’s not too hot. Use an ice pack if your breast is swollen and tender.
The oil extract of evening primrose has been used by Native Americans for centuries in reducing breast pain.
Breast pain can interfere with daily activities. Consult your doctor if your symptoms are severe.