Friday , April 19 2019

How to deal with Breast Pain ?

breast painBreast pain, also known as mastalgia, is a very common complaint among women, especially during the menstrual cycle.

Some of the signs of mastalgia are stabbing pain, heaviness, soreness, tenderness and swelling in both breasts. The pain may be mild to severe and occur constantly or only occasionally. Breast pain can be classified into two main clinical patterns:

  • Cyclical– the pain intensity changes during the menstrual cycle.
  • Non-cyclical – the pain remains unchanged during the menstrual cycle. This type is less frequent.

Cyclical breast pain occurs due to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle. On the other hand, non-cyclical breast pain is associated with issues that affect the structure of the breasts, such as cysts, trauma, prior surgery or other factors.

Other causes of breast pain are an imbalance of fatty acids within the cells of the breasts, use of certain medications, having large breasts, breastfeeding and wearing ill-fitted bras.

For breast pain that occurs before or during the menstrual cycle, some home remedies can help ease the pain and tenderness.

Here are the top remedies to deal with breast pain.

Ice Pack

To get relief from breast pain, you can use an ice pack. The cold temperature will numb the tender area as well as reduce swelling and pain.

  1. Place a few ice cubes in a plastic bag, and wrap it with a washcloth.
  2. Apply this ice pack to each of your breasts for about 10 minutes.
  3. Repeat a few times a day until you feel better.

You can also use a warm compress, or alternating warm and cold compresses to reduce the swelling and tenderness.

Note: Do not apply ice directly on your breasts.

Coconut Oil

Take a small bowl and in it pour 2-3 tsp of pure warm coconut oil.  Crush 2 camphor to powder and pour this powder into the oil and mix it well.  Camphor and coconut oil should get mixed well.  Then apply this oil on the breasts before bath for about 5 minutes.  Do this for 15 days and see the results.

Castor Oil

Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that greatly help relieve breast pain. It also increases circulation, so that nutrients reach the cells, and waste products and inflammatory factors are removed from the body.

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of castor oil with 2 tablespoons of any lighter oil, such as olive oil.
  2. Use it to massage all over your breasts.
  3. Follow this remedy daily in the week prior to your periods.


Fennel is useful in relieving breast tenderness and pain associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstruation. It helps rebalance female hormones and prevents water retention. It also prevents the buildup of toxins in the body.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of hot water, cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, and drink this tea a few times daily.
  • You can also chew some roasted fennel seeds a few times daily to prevent PMS symptoms like breast pain.

Vitamin E

  • Eat foods rich in vitamin E, such as sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut oil, sesame oil, spinach, avocados, turnips, beet greens and mustard greens.


Magnesium is an important daily nutrient that can help alleviate breast issues like tenderness and pain during menstruation. Magnesium helps reduce fluid retention, which reduces pain and swelling in the breasts.

  • Eat foods rich in magnesium like dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, soybeans, avocados, bananas and dark chocolate.

Additional Tips

  • Wear well-fitted bras for support. Avoid wearing underwire and push-up bras.
  • Wear a sports bra when exercising, especially when your breasts may be more sensitive.
  • Practice meditation and yoga to reduce and manage stress levels and, in turn, breast pain.
  • Limit your intake of caffeine as it can cause soreness and tenderness in the breasts.
  • Eat plenty of fiber to help your body flush out extra estrogen. You can get fiber from cabbage, broccoli, kale, sprouts, legumes and whole grains.
  • Reduce your intake of hydrogenated oils, found in margarine, packaged baked goods and snack products.
  • Reduce fat in your diet and eat more vegetables and fruits that are high in antioxidants to help the body fight off free radicals.
  • Aim for at least 20 percent or less of your total calories from fats.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to get rid of toxins from the body.

About Sridhar Venkatraman

Progressive and open minded Business Professional with over 30+ years of experience in Automobile, IT, Education, Real Estate Industries. He has a passion to ensure "No child goes to bed hungry" and is involved in an NGO called "No Hungry Child". He is a Social Entrepreneur and added a new service "Art of Self Treatment" to help more and more people who are suffering from health issues. He learnt the art of Self Treatment from his guru Mr Healer Baskar.

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