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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 - get bloated.

Some women experience sore breasts too, but why is that?

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A week or so before you get your period, your body begins producing lots 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 and causes that painful and achy feeling.

Soon after you get your period, the soreness should disappear but in the mean time, take an over-the-counter pain reliever or wear a more supportive bra so you're tucked in nice and tight.

Dear's Advice: If you suffer from bloating right before your period, cut down on salty foods - it's hard to do, especially with PMS, but well worth it in the long run.


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ALSW ALSW 10 years
Mine are awful sometimes! I'll try to see if cutting back on salty stuff helps!
melda melda 10 years
mine doesnt get that painful thank god
flowidme flowidme 10 years
mine were not that painful, just a little aching and it gets annoying sometimes.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
i only like the fact that my breasts get bigger/fuller during PMS
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I get this too. I cut down on salty food around/during my period(it's tough to resist the salt cravings although I manage.) And I take Midol; Midol is a blessing!
maggieNZ maggieNZ 10 years
Mine were extremely painful, so my doctor recommended Evening Primrose Oil capsules. It made an enormous difference for me, still a little bit sore sometimes, but heaps better.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
i can't stand when this happens. good info though.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
:PMS: sucks.
amybdk amybdk 10 years
mine always hurt for about a week and a half before my period! i hate it.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Ugh I hate when this happens. It helps to have my bf massage them though, heehee!! Sorry that may have been TMI.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
Would you believe I was just looking this up Tuesday night? Way to read my mind Dear!
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
That is some good info, I had no idea why they hurt!
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