Of course you are! We’ve been taught that pain means something is wrong and
it should be treated. And in today’s world what every woman thinks is wrong
with her breasts is CANCER.
“Over time, I had simply come to accept that for two weeks out of every month
I would have to put up with the break-outs, the bloating, swollen and sore breasts,
depression, and other symptoms. I’m going through my third cycle now since
starting the Hormonal Health Program I can’t begin to tell you how good I’m
feeling. Virtually symptom-free.”
In general, out of thousands of women with breast pain only a few will prove to
have breast cancer. But that breast pain is real — women are not making it
up — and it does cause a lot of sleepless nights. The causes of breast pain,
or mastalgia, are not simple and there is no one cure. We advise women with breast
pain to consider combination of conventional and alternative medicine that has shown
to offer relief.
- Breathe and breathe again
Most breast pain, swelling,
and sensitivity is related to hormonal imbalance — our own circulating hormones
which are often out of whack in our 40’s, or hormones taken in pills (HRT,
birth control pills, and many other types of medications), or
xenoestrogens which we absorb from our environment (pesticides and the chemicals
in plastics, to name just two). Breast pain is often an indication of
excess estrogen, which may follow your menstrual cycle. Keep a calendar
for a couple of weeks and see if you can find a pattern. Gentle
phytotherapy can help restore balance between estrogen and progesterone
levels, and taking a high-quality multivitamin/mineral
with an omega-3 supplement can
help immensely to provide your body with the tools it needs to maintain balance.
- Do the basics
Have you talked to your primary care provider about this? If you are over 35, have
you had a mammogram in the last 6 months? If not it may be prudent to get one, but
try to schedule it when your breasts are least tender. If you have had a mammogram
or are under 35 you should ask to get an ultrasound. Ultrasounds may reveal cysts
which often cannot be felt but expand (usually as your hormones fluctuate) and stretch
nerve fibers, causing pain. Often just knowing that you have benign lumps, or that
the ultrasound showed normal tissue, is very reassuring.
- Look at what you are eating
Breast care doctors haven't found one food that causes breast pain for everyone,
nor one thing that cures it for everyone. However, caffeine does affect many women
by dilating vessels and stretching nerves, and many people find relief after cutting
back on coffee. Salt works the same way for other women. Increasing fiber and those
dark green leafy vegetables can help by flushing out excess estrogen. Some women
find relief by taking a short fast or detoxification.
- Try massage
If there is one “trigger” point, try massaging the area yourself or
finding a lymphatic massage specialist. Often the area is in the upper outer part
of the breast where an underwire point hits.
- Take time for yourself
One expert told us that she feels as if breasts are just screaming out, “Take
care of me!” That’s a key reason menopause and breast pain are related.
Try to take a break and do something you want to do, just for yourself.
The good news is that the majority of breast pain goes away after menopause! However,
a small number of women will still have sensitive breasts in their 70’s. We
hope we will understand one day the mystery of hormones, and how everyone is the
same yet very different. In the meantime, remember that what you are experiencing
is probably normal, just very individual.
If you would like to learn more about breast pain, read our article on
solving the mystery of breast pain.
Relieve your hormonal
imbalance symptoms today