8 Kinds Of Breast Pains You Should Never Ever Ignore 8 Kinds Of Breast Pains You Should Never Ever Ignore
If you’re a woman, you know what it’s like to feel breast pain — it’s as simple as that. Unfortunately, the occasional bout of... 8 Kinds Of Breast Pains You Should Never Ever Ignore

If you’re a woman, you know what it’s like to feel breast pain — it’s as simple as that.

Unfortunately, the occasional bout of breast pain (or mastalgia, as it’s formally called) just comes with the territory.

Yes, we were given the incredible gift of life-giving breasts that look great in a demi-cup bra (or running free and wild), but there’s always a price: There’s breast pain for puberty, breast pain for menopause, and plenty of extra breast pain for every year in between.

Still, when women as a group have that much experience with achy bosoms, we start to figure out what’s normal and what isn’t.

If you suspect your breast pain is more than just a little hormonal soreness, you should look into a few of the likely causes and get it checked out straightaway.

Scroll through below for a few of the common reasons your breasts may be feeling less than their best.

#1: You’re Blocked Up

#1: You’re Blocked Up

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If you’re breastfeeding or recently stopped, you might be at higher risk for a clogged milk duct.

It can happen to any woman at any time, though not surprisingly, it’s most common during breastfeeding. It can lead to some scary symptoms, including a solid lump at the duct, inflammation in part of the breast, and pain and tenderness to the touch.

At first, lots of women might panic over the lump. If it comes with a sore spot and red or hot skin in just that area, there’s a good chance you’re looking at a simple duct blockage instead, and may need antibiotics to clear out a brewing infection.

#2: It’s The Hormones

#2: It's The Hormones

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Hormonal ups and downs can cause lots of breast pain, and many women experience waves of pain right before their period comes.

But most of us know what our period aches and pains feel like, so pay attention if something seems different.

If you’re getting an unexpected swelling or inflammation, another hormonal culprit could be causing it, including pre-menopause or starting a new form of birth control.

#3: An Infection Is Brewing

#3: An Infection Is Brewing

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Women of any age can get mastitis, which is an infection inside of the breast, usually in the fatty tissue.

It can sometime come with a clogged milk duct, so it’s more common in nursing women. However, non-nursing women might get infections from a clogged gland in the nipple or a blocked-up hair follicle, as well as a staph infection from a break in the skin.

A breast infection usually causes swelling and redness on just one side, and a lot of tenderness to the touch.

If you notice these symptoms, you’ll probably need to go to the doctor to get a prescription for antibiotics.

#4: You’re “In The Family Way”

#4: You’re "In The Family Way"

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Breast pain doesn’t always herald bad medical news; sometimes it just means there’s a bun in the oven!

In fact, breast pain is usually one of the very first signs of pregnancy: you can start to get swelling and soreness in your breasts as early as the first week of pregnancy, according to What to Expect.

Look out for darkening areolae and a sense of fatigue. If you miss your period when it’s due, you should take a pregnancy test the following week to see whether you’re expecting.

#5: You Have Cysts

#5: You Have Cysts

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Breasts are constantly changing, and sometimes those changes can bring pain.

Some women mostly have soft breast tissue, but other women (especially ladies on the smaller side) have more lumpy tissue, which might be more prone to cysts.

Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that might cause lumpiness and tenderness on the outer edges of the breasts. They are very rarely dangerous, though it’s still a good idea to check in with your doctor in case they become infected.

#6: You Need To Cut Caffeine

#6: You Need To Cut Caffeine

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Now, most of us can’t function without our morning cup of joe, but this is a case of everything in moderation.

One or two cups of coffee a day has been scientifically proven to be good for you, but caffeine can also cause inflammation and has been linked to breast tenderness.

The rule of thumb: don’t go over two cups. If you are really sensitive to caffeine and even a taste bothers you, switch to decaf coffee or herbal tea for your morning pick-me-up.

#7: Your Bra Doesn’t Fit

#7: Your Bra Doesn’t Fit

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The woman-bra relationship is complicated, and there are days when we just feel like throwing them out entirely.

That’s especially true when they might be leading to pain and irritation.

Pay close attention to where you feel breast pain: if it’s suspiciously close to a tight underwire or scratchy bit of lace, it could be a sign that your girls want to be free.

Even if you aren’t about to ditch the bra completely, go to a bra store and get a fitting. Always employ the “try before you buy” rule.

#8: It’s Something More Serious

#8: It’s Something More Serious

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Almost all of the time, breast pain is harmless, or something that can be quickly dealt with in one cycle of antibiotics.

Breast pain rarely connects to cancer, though it can on very rare occasions.

Inflammatory breast cancer can have similar symptoms to a simple breast infection, and swollen lymph nodes can cause breast pain and indicate lymphoma.

If you have any suspicious symptoms, get them checked out right away, just so you can rule out the scary stuff early on.

And don’t forget to SHARE this important guide to breast pain with every woman you know!

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  • Ashley Fanning

    2017-01-16 #1 Author

    Great info, thanks for the good information. These are things all women should know!


  • Keshawn harris

    2017-01-16 #2 Author

    Thanks for the tip


  • Abbi

    2017-01-16 #3 Author

    This was very helpful and interesting… It caught my eye because when I had my first born I breastfed and this unfortunately happened to be…a duct got clogged and I could feed and had a big red hot spot on my breast… It sucked! Make sure you follow the right guideway to treat because the pain is horrific!


  • Deyanira

    2017-01-16 #4 Author

    Very helpful , I still breastfeed my child who is already 15 months and these questions always ran through my mind .


  • Queenie Muzikk

    2017-01-17 #5 Author

    I have been interested in knowing more about this since i had my baby 2months ago and been having pains. Glad to know its nothing serious.


  • Judy

    2017-01-17 #6 Author

    This was very helpful since i breastfeed my daughter wayback 2012 & stopped feeding her at 10mos old..because i got pregnant again… now sometimes i feel a pain in my nipples… maybe the Hormones of having a menstruation every month… its not a milk clogged because i don’t feel any solid lump or inflammation that can make us women go panic. Thank You for this info.


  • Dasmine Wright

    2017-01-17 #7 Author

    I think it’s extremely important for women to know the many different kinds of breast pain!!


  • erica

    2017-01-18 #8 Author

    To the know the different kinds of breast pains is helpful


  • Latrice

    2017-01-20 #9 Author

    I’ve experienced the good breast pain when “a bun was in the oven!” ?


  • Damilola

    2017-02-02 #10 Author

    Thanks for the information. Get that.


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