why do the outside of my breasts hurt
I've never been pregnant. but for me. right after ovulation until the day before or the day of AF my nipples are tender and sore. My breasts arent ever sore on the sides, just the nipples and the areolas. especially the lower part of the areolas. *shrugs* I heard its a sign of high estrogen. And when you have sore breasts on the sides but not the nipples it means you have a higher progest. Read it on a medical site somewhere.
Most cases of breast pain are classified as either cyclic or noncyclic.
Each type of breast pain has distinct characteristics. The term "extramammary" means "outside the breast. " Extramammary breast pain feels like it starts in the breast tissue, but its source is actually somewhere else. Pulling a muscle in your chest, for example, can cause pain in your chest wall or rib cage that spreads (radiates) to your breast. Although breast cancer risk is low in women whose main symptom is breast pain, if your doctor recommends an evaluation, it's important to follow through.
Sometimes, it's not possible to identify the exact cause of breast pain. Contributing factors may include one or more of the following: Reproductive hormones. Cyclic breast pain appears to have a strong link to hormones and your menstrual cycle. Cyclic breast pain often decreases or disappears with pregnancy or menopause.
Breast structure. Noncyclic breast pain often results from changes that occur in the milk ducts or milk glands. This can result in the development of breast cysts. Breast trauma, prior breast surgery or other factors localized to the breast can lead to breast pain. Breast pain may also start outside the breast in the chest wall, muscles, joints or heart, for example and radiate to the breast.
Fatty acid imbalance. An imbalance of fatty acids within the cells may affect the sensitivity of breast tissue to circulating hormones. Medication use. Certain hormonal medications, including some infertility treatments and oral birth control pills, may be associated with breast pain. Also, breast tenderness is a possible side effect of estrogen and progesterone hormone therapies that are used after menopause.
Breast pain may be associated with certain antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. Breast size. Women with large breasts may have noncyclic breast pain related to the size of their breasts. Neck, shoulder and back pain may accompany breast pain due to large breasts. Breast surgery. Breast pain associated with breast surgery and scar formation can sometimes linger after incisions have healed.
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