Breast Problem

There are two main types of breast pain:

  • Cyclical breast pain is related to how the breast tissue responds to monthly changes in a woman's estrogen and progesterone hormone levels. If breast pain is accompanied by lumpiness, cysts (accumulated packets of fluid), or areas of thickness, the condition is usually called fibrocystic change. During each menstrual cycle, breast tissue sometimes swells because hormonal stimulation causes the breast's milk glands and ducts to enlarge, and in turn, the breasts retain water. The breasts may feel swollen, painful, tender, or lumpy a few days before menstruation. Breast pain and swelling usually ends when menstruation is over. The average age of women who have cyclical breast pain is 34 years old. Cyclical breast pain accounts for nearly 75% of all breast complaints.¬†Though cyclical breast pain is usually related to the menstrual cycle, stress may also affect hormone levels and influence breast pain. Consult your Doctor for detailed analysis and checkup.
  • Non-cyclical breast pain is far less common than cyclical breast pain and is not related to a woman's menstrual cycle. Women who experience non-cyclical breast pain often experience pain in one specific area of the breast(s). Woman who experience injury or trauma to the breast or those who undergo breast biopsy sometimes experience non-cyclical pain. The condition may occur in both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women and usually subsides after one to two years. Non-cyclical pain is most common in women between 40 and 50 years of age. Usually, non-cyclical breast pain does not indicate breast cancer, though women should discuss the condition with their physicians.


Other factors that may contribute to breast pain in some women include:

  • Oral contraceptive pills.
  • Hormone replacement therapy.
  • Weight gain.
  • Bras that do not fit properly.
  • Tumors (most painful tumors do not usually indicate breast cancer; however, all abnormalities should be examined by a physician. For example, some patients with inflammatory breast cancer describe "stabbing pains" in the breast.)
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