January 17, 2023

Breast Tenderness and Perimenopause

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Many women commonly experience soreness in both breasts during or around the time of their period. 

During perimenopause, the breast pain can actually worsen from mild tenderness to intense throbbing. While it can occur in both breasts, it is more common that it occurs in only one. This sensation is linked to the hormonal imbalance incited by the menopausal transition. 

However, if you notice any of the following, you should see your doctor: 

  •  discharge from the nipple
  •  breast skin redness
  •  change in breast size
  •  change in the breast appearance
  •  fever
  •  chest pain

Warm compresses can help reduce the discomfort. Lymphatic massages can help as well.  Avoiding caffeine and salt may help reduce the symptoms of breast tenderness. 

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-Written by Paavana Varanasi

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