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Why Breasts Hurt During PMS

PMS — Why Do My Boobs Hurt?

PMS is a party and a half, isn't it ladies? We break out, have crazy mood swings, crave sweet and salty treats, become exhausted, get major menstrual cramps, have headaches and backaches, and one of my personal favorites — bloating. Some women experience sore breasts too, but why is that?

A week or so before your period arrives, your body begins producing oodles of estrogen and progesterone. Those hormones are what cause all these fun symptoms. During this time, your body retains water, which is what causes you to become bloated. Rings, shoes, or pants may feel tight because your body swells with this extra water, which also makes your breasts swell. All that fluid forces your breast tissue to expand, which stretches the nerves that cause that painful and achy feeling.

Soon after you get your period, the soreness should disappear. If the pain is really bad, you can take an OTC pain reliever such as ibuprofen. Wearing a more supportive bra, like a sports bra, will prevent your breasts from moving too much, which can also reduce tenderness. Cutting down on salty foods can offer relief since eating excessive amounts of salt will make you retain even more water.

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Danielle_Nicole1994 Danielle_Nicole1994 2 years
I hate periods. They're nothing but a pain and love to ruin my plans. I get the worst cramps ever. I've tried everything from OTC medications to home remedies and nothing gives me relief. When I'm on my period, I get so sick to the point where I don't want to get out of bed. I get extremely nauseous, dizzy, and lightheaded and just don't feel good. I've had my period for 7 years and it never gets easier to deal with. I'd much rather prefer a text from Mother Nature every month saying, "Congrats! You're not pregnant." Being a female is SO painful.
Holly15 Holly15 3 years
I hate having my periods. I usually have the worst cramps that makes me cry every time, although my mum did buy these tablets for period pains which I find works amazingly. But this month I haven't yet got my periods but I have really bad pains in my boobs. I don't think they are growing anymore... But it is just in one spot on my boobs which Is the nipple.. I don't know if its normal or not but its only started hurting this month..
kerry-ann-love kerry-ann-love 3 years
ok i had my period last month an two weeks after \u00a0i started spotting i took two pregnancy test an both were negative. my boobs hurt im eating alot gaining weight in my stomach area and my boobs hurt like hell i need answers
tkay tkay 4 years
THIS JUNK FEELS LIKE IT COULD BE SOME SORT OF BAD CURSE FOR WOMEN, I AM WELL OVER 40 YRS OLD AND STILL HURTS LIKE CRAZY, JUST TRY TO LOOK FORWARD TO THAT ONE DAY WHEN WE WONT HAVE PMS OR PERIODS, BUT THEN THE HOT FLASHES START, IT IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOMETHING
popfaninMD popfaninMD 4 years
It's so comforting to know I'm not the only one in the world with breast tenderness and soreness. It doesn't happen every month but it does happen. I try to wait it out but I have taken a pain reliever too. @colleen99 - I agree! More research is needed. PMS symptoms can limit many women from living their lives to the fullest academically, professionally and socially (marriage, relationships). Doctors don't seem to have a clue as to what specifically causes these symptoms beyond "hormonal changes" and therefore have no clue how to treat these symptoms beyond taking general pain reducers.
bigflirt bigflirt 4 years
My boobs ALWAYS get bigger before i start, which i kinda cool aside from them hurting :P other than that i usually have no symptoms, maybe a little cramping on the first day, but thats it :)
princessfaudia princessfaudia 4 years
i am totally punishing to get my period....this sucks! my boobs hurt so much.....and i'm only 13!!!!
Chelsey1988 Chelsey1988 4 years
I'm going through the worst boob pain I have ever had right now. It really doesn't help when my boyfriend insists on touching my boobs and bumping into them. It hurts so bad, I wish it would go away.
lilpeuma lilpeuma 5 years
kiike you are also very insecure to be bragging while others express their pain. To that one guy.. yes, girls boobs are sensitive to something painful like getting punched in the chest, however they aren't as sensitive as guys and recover a lot faster :) And NO, none of you are abnormal...look at all of these girls who have similar problems during their period. Everyone's period effects them differently, the best you can do is drink plenty of water, avoid the salt, and use midol, motrin, and herbal tea,warm baths, and even mild exercise or just plain rest can help. Some months my own period is so severe that I cannot get out of bed, but these things usually help. If your pain or other symptoms are too severe that nothing releaves it then you should consider seeing your doctor
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