Breast pain and tenderness is a common symptom of menopause. 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 decades of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Whatever the case may be, it is helpful to know the best home remedies for alleviating symptoms.
Studies have found that daily doses of vitamin E can greatly reduce breast pain and tenderness. You can take a supplement or find an abundance of vitamin E in tofu, spinach, almonds, and sunflower seeds.
Warm and Cold Compresses
Depending on your symptoms, a warm or cold compress can greatly reduce aching. If you have sharp pains, you may want to use a warm compress for 15 - 20 minutes, but make sure it's not too hot. If your breast is swollen and tender, an ice pack can help.
An uncomfortable bra can make mild breast pain and tenderness feel 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. A soft sports bra or otherwise a well-padded bra without underwire can offer support.
Dandelion, Taraxacus officinale, is a yellow flower native to Eurasia. While many think they are weeds, they are in fact a traditional medicinal plant. In the case of breast pain, dandelion's diuretic properties help remove excess water from the body and breasts, which can relieve heaviness and soreness. In addition, it can reduce inflammation and has a calming effect on the body.
The oil extract of evening primrose has been used by Native Americans for centuries, and it is still used in Europe today.
Chasteberry, Vitex agnus-castus, is a standard treatment for breast pain in Europe. It slows the release of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates milk production in pregnant women. 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. Studies have found chasteberry tea can be effective for breast pain.
Breast pain can interfere with your ability to move freely. If your symptoms are severe, talk to your doctor. For more information about breast pain, click here.
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