Common Causes of Breast Pain

A woman is experiencing pain in her left breast.We have all experienced a little twinge or a little tenderness from time to time. While a large percentage of women experience breast pain, very rarely does it require medical treatment. The level of severity and location of the pain can vary.

Cyclic Pain – This is breast pain that corresponds with hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle. Cyclic pain is most commonly experienced by women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Poorly Fitting Bras – Breasts fluctuate in size frequently, especially if the woman is making lifestyle changes. A poorly fitting bra can be worn too tight or too loose, which can be painful for the ribcage and shoulders. Lack of support can lead to more breast pain later.

Breasts Cysts – Breast cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can be soft or hard and may cause pain. Their size can change during your cycle and may disappear once menopause has started.

Too Much Caffeine – While this may not be the direct result of breast pain, studies have shown that cutting down on the morning coffee run may have an effect on discomfort, specifically for those who suffer from fibrocystic breast tissue.

Lumpy breasts means you need to take your three cup a day habit back down to one.

Mastitis – Mastitis, caused by a clogged milk duct, is a painful infection of the breast. It occurs most often in women who are lactating, but not necessarily those who are breastfeeding. Symptoms include fever, aches, fatigue and swelling and pain in the breasts.

If you are experiencing breast pain, you should ask your doctor about possible causes and treatments. For more information about breast services at BayCare, call (888) 906-8892.