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How to Relieve Breast Tenderness

A lot of women experience breast tenderness before and during their menstrual period. Help ease the pain, discomfort, and soreness with these tips.


  • : Never change your diet without first consulting your doctor.
  • Step 1: Ask your doctor about supplements Ask your doctor about supplements or alternative medicines to help relieve breast tenderness, pain, or discomfort.
  • TIP: If you are trying to get pregnant, ask your doctor which supplements or medicines are recommended during pregnancy.
  • Step 2: Restrict the motion Restrict the motion of tender breasts by wearing a sports bra, or a bra with extra support.
  • Step 3: Consult with doctor Consult with your doctor to see if your birth control needs to be adjusted if you are using hormonal contraception.
  • Step 4: Ease the pain Ease the pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
  • TIP: A topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory cream is also available.
  • Step 5: Try using a compress Try using a cold or hot compress on your breasts to ease the pain.
  • Step 6: Reduce fat Reduce the fat in your diet to 15 percent or less of your dietary intake. Studies indicate that making these dietary changes may reduce breast pain.
  • Step 7: Ask about Danazol Ask your doctor about the prescription Danazol. This is the only prescription medication that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating breast pain and tenderness.
  • FACT: The most common type of breast pain is cyclic. The pain is due to hormonal changes usually during menstrual periods.

You Will Need

  • Doctor
  • Sports bra
  • Supportive bra
  • Over-the-counter pain reliever
  • Cold or hot compress
  • Change in diet

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