Breast Pain

Georgia Breast Care

Breast Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists located in Marietta, GA & Woodstock, GA

Breasts don’t often hurt, but when they do, it can be agony. If you have breast pain the team at Georgia Breast Care in Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia, is available to help. There are a number of reasons why your breasts might be painful, many of which are linked to your hormones. If you want to find out what’s causing your breast pain, call Georgia Breast Care today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment using the online tool.

Breast Pain

What is breast pain?

Girls develop breasts during puberty, during their early teenage years. The changes associated with puberty, including breast development, are due to your body releasing higher levels of the female sex hormone estrogen.

Throughout your reproductive life, levels of estrogen and other hormones fluctuate, which can sometimes cause tissue changes and lead to breast pain. Breast pain comes in two forms:

Cyclical breast pain

This type of breast pain follows a pattern aligned with your menstrual cycle. For example, your breasts might become painful for a few days before your period, but get better when your period starts.

Breast tenderness and a feeling of fullness often accompany breast pain, particularly when the pain is cyclical.


Noncyclical breast pain

Noncyclical breast pain, or breast pain that doesn’t vary with your menstrual period, is less common and can have a variety of potential causes, including injury.

What conditions cause breast pain?

Breast pain can be a symptom that arises during key stages in a woman’s life, from puberty through pregnancy and into menopause. Breast pain can also be caused by a number of other conditions, including:

Cysts

As you get older, your breast tissue gradually gets replaced by fat. This makes it more likely that you’ll develop fluid-filled lumps called cysts and extra fibrous tissue, which are known as fibrocystic changes. They don’t always cause pain, and aren’t usually a cause for concern.

Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection in your milk ducts. It can cause sore, cracked nipples, pain and tenderness, and flu-like symptoms.

Engorgement

Engorgement happens when you’re breastfeeding and your breasts have a large quantity of milk in them. Feeding your baby or expressing your milk by hand or using a pump should relieve the symptoms.

Breast pain can also be due to:

  • Diet
  • Muscle damage
  • Scar tissue after surgery
  • Antidepressants
  • Hormone therapy
  • Heart disease medications
  • Smoking

Breast pain is often related to having larger breasts, especially if you have a small frame.

How is breast pain treated?

The first step in determining the best treatment for your breast pain is to find the cause. The team at Georgia Breast Care has many years of experience in diagnosing the causes of breast pain and finding the solution.

For cyclic breast pain, treatments could include:

  • Reducing sodium intake
  • Calcium supplements
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Estrogen blockers

NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen can be helpful for reducing breast pain.

If your breast pain is due to a noncyclic disorder, your provider can discuss the appropriate treatment options with you once you have a diagnosis.

If breast pain is affecting you, call Georgia Breast Care today, or book an appointment online.