A friend of mine confined in me that she always notice a painful feeling on the breast days before her cycle, the first time she felt the pain she did a breast exam.
(stood in front of a mirror raised both arms. Look at it from the front and each sides, placed my hand on the chest muscle and checked for a dimples or a puckered skin, check if there was a change in the nipples.
At first she thought it was a lump but the pain lasted just for a while).
Few days before your menstrual period your breasts may feel swollen, painful, tender, and lumpy.
It’s Normal. This symptoms usually go when the period is over.
Many healthy women experience breast pain (mastalgia) or lumpiness.
The symptoms normally affect both breast and are usually related to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle.
Majority of the lumps are not caused by cancer but persistent lumps should always be investigated.
Women who are breast feeding sometimes develop red, hot, and painful area on one breast, this due to a build up of milk. This can also be caused by infection known as Mastitis.
What you should do if you notice a breast pain during your cycle.
✓Make sure your bra fits properly.
Actually during those period I prefer wearing a soft bra.
You can also try wearing a larger size a week before your period or a soft bra during this period.
Ibuprofen will help relieve discomfort for few days. (If you’re breast feeding consult your doctor before taking any medication).
Ibuprofen side effects : it can cause Nausea.
PLEASE 🙏 if you’re asthmatic or you are an ulcer patient CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE USING IBUPROFEN.
Food containing Vitamin B6 will help reduce breast pain and swelling.
To boost your intake of Vit. B6 from your diet, eat foods such as egg, oat, milk, whole grain bread. fruits like banana and nuts.
Reduce your caffeine intake eg ( coffee, tea).
Increase the amount of carbohydrate in your diet, eat plenty of fresh fruits.
See your DOCTOR if cyclical breast pain or lumpiness has lasted throughout your menstrual cycle.
See a DOCTOR if you feel a pain that us unrelated to periods.
I don’t know if I have breast feeding mothers in this group would have loved to talk about MASTITIS.
◼️Do you know how to examine your breast?
Written by Favor Ndudim