Many women suffer from breast pain: it is mastodynia, a disorder usually related to the menstrual cycle. Find out what the symptoms are and how to deal with them.
An extremely common disorder: as many as 7 out of 10 women suffer from breast pain. Usually, this discomfort coincides with the beginning of the period premenstrual: the facts are related in two thirds of cases.
This phenomenon, which responds to the name of mastodynia , seems to be caused by the hormonal variations that occur in the body in the period preceding menstruation. The latter make the breast, already very delicate on its own, even more sensitive . Obviously, these are cycle-related pains if they occur between the menarche and menopause. If similar pains occur in women of non-fertile age, the causes will have to be sought elsewhere.
Premenstrual breast pain: what are the symptoms?
Breast pain can manifest itself differently in every woman. In some cases, it will be very mild, in others more intense . Sometimes it can manifest itself only by touch, sometimes it can be constant. It can affect both breasts, or only one.
The symptoms are not limited only to the sensation of pain: in some women the breast may enlarge or small nodules may form in the breast tissue, which will quickly melt at the end of menstruation.
Usually, these symptoms are typical of the premenstrual and menstrual period and occur most in women between the ages of twenty and thirty, as well as in people close to menopause . However, the occurrence of these disorders in younger individuals cannot be excluded.
How to deal with the symptoms
In case of breast pain, you can focus on some natural methods. For example, you could try yoga or pilates or, alternatively, warm compresses.
In these cases, nutrition is also important. Absolutely avoid coffee and chocolate, do not overdo the amount of food you eat and take omega 3 and vitamin E.
If the pain does not go away, try with pain relievers , ointments for example, or analgesics . If the pain persists, or if lumps and swellings last for a long time, visit a doctor .
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ultimo aggiornamento: 25-02-2020