Your cycle Health Symptoms and diseases 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. What Are the Causes of Breast Tenderness? The answer is provided by Carlie K. Thompson, MD — Breast Surgical Oncologist, University of California, CA, USA It depends on what kind of breast tenderness you're experiencing and the location of the breast tenderness. 1. If both breasts are tender, the most common cause is hormonal fluctuations, and this is most pronounced before a woman starts her period. This is normal, very common and nothing to be concerned about, although it can be particularly uncomfortable. There are no miracle treatments for breast tenderness caused by hormonal fluctuations. However, there is some anecdotal evidence that supplements like Evening Primrose Oil and Vitamin E might help breast tenderness caused by hormonal fluctuations.2. Breast pain that is localized to a specific part of the breast can be caused by trauma. Trauma includes being hit in the breast and also includes things like not wearing a supportive bra while exercising or wearing an ill-fitting underwire bra. Additionally, the weight of large, heavy breasts alone can cause some discomfort and pain. 3. Breast pain or worsening of breast pain can be associated with drinking a lot of caffeine and/or ingesting a lot of salt. All of this being said, it is important to remember that although breast pain and tenderness can have a significant impact on women's quality of life, in the vast majority of cases it's not a sign of something bad, such as cancer. Updated on November 12, 2019 Read this next Your cycle Why Do Periods Change Dates? Health Why Do I Have Period Symptoms But No Period? Reasons for Cramps and Pain Without Menstruating Symptoms and diseases Inflammatory Breast Cancer: How to Spot It and What to Do About It Symptoms and diseases Cervical Cancer Stages: Diagnosis, Predictions, and Management Symptoms and diseases Low Progesterone Symptoms, Causes, and What You Can Do About It Symptoms and diseases Types of Cervical Cancer: Essential Features to Know Symptoms and diseases Cervical Changes: Causes, Types, and Treatments Symptoms and diseases What is Human Papillomavirus? HPV Types, Causes, and Symptoms Symptoms and diseases Human Papillomavirus and Pregnancy: Can HPV be passed from mother to child?