What is Menopause?
With age, women’s monthly periods stop. The body no longer produces the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This process happens gradually and the time leading up to menopause is called perimenopause. If you have not had your period for over 12 months, you are said to have hit menopause.
Menopause usually starts in your late 40s. It is accompanied by a lot of symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness and sore breasts.
Breast soreness during Menopause
Breast soreness during menopause feels different from the soreness you may have felt during your pregnancy or menstrual cycle. Breast pain that happens during perimenopause feels more like burning or soreness. You may feel it in one breast or both breasts. The pain may feel sharp, stabbing or throbbing. The pain varies from woman to woman.
If breast soreness is accompanied by the following symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately:
- Clear, yellow, bloody, or pus-like discharge from the nipple
- Increase in breast size
- Redness of the breast
- Changes in the appearance of the breast
- Chest pain
What causes sore breasts?
Changing levels of estrogen and progesterone as you proceed to perimenopause and then menopause is the main cause of breast soreness. As you perimenopause, these hormones rise and fall before completely tapering off. These fluctuations can affect breast tissue, in turn causing soreness.
How can breast soreness be treated?
Once the doctor diagnoses your breast soreness as perimenopausal or menopausal, you can take a few steps to ensure you have reduced tenderness and soreness:
- Few over the counter pain medicines can relieve the discomfort. Always ask your doctor first
- Vitamin B and E supplements to make the skin supple
- Omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseeds
- Omega-3 supplements like fish oil
- Massage with Vitamin E oil
You can always make a few lifestyle changes to manage breast soreness:
- Always wear a supportive bra. If you work out, then wearing a sports bra is important.
- Quit smoking
- Avoid caffeine since it worsens the soreness
- Take warm showers to soothe yourself
It is always advised to get an examination done to rule out any other issues. Breast soreness usually goes away with time and the remedies mentioned above.