Your cycle Health PMS and PMDD Fact Checked Flo Fact-Checking Standards Every piece of content at Flo Health adheres to the highest editorial standards for language, style, and medical accuracy. To learn what we do to deliver the best health and lifestyle insights to you, check out our content review principles. How to Relieve Tender Breasts Before Period? The answer is provided by Carlie K. Thompson, MD — Breast Surgical Oncologist, University of California, CA, USA 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. Updated on November 27, 2020 Read this next Your cycle Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB): Why Awareness Matters — A Story From a Flo User Your cycle Your Body, Your Story PMS and PMDD Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Signs, Causes, and Possible Treatment Health What Is the Public Effect of Endometriosis? Health Birth Control and Cancer: Is There a Link? Health Can You Take a Bath on Your Period? Homepage What Are 4 DPO Symptoms If You Are Pregnant? Health Does Alcohol Thin Your Blood? Everything You Should Know Health Pimple Patches: Do They Really Work?