The severity of breast tenderness and nipple sensitivity often fluctuates with the menstrual cycle and will be more pronounced in the week preceding menstruation and will improve after menstruation. This is due to the fact that the breast tissue is very sensitive to hormonal fluctuations and levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone are high in the week before you start your period.
4 tips to relieve breast soreness:
- For most women wearing a supportive underwire bra when they're not exercising and a thick, supportive sports bra when they are exercising can be helpful in managing premenstrual breast tenderness.
- There is an interaction with the amount of caffeine consumed and the effect of the hormones on the breast tissue. Limiting caffeine consumption in the week leading up to menstruation can help to reduce breast tenderness.
- For some women limiting their sodium or salt consumption also helps because the more salt you ingest, the more water your body holds on to, which causes more breast swelling and tenderness.
- Lastly, there is anecdotal evidence that Evening Primrose Oil and Vitamin E can alleviate the breast tenderness experienced prior to menstruation.