Skip navigation! Story from Body. Maybe you were putting your bra on in the morning, reaching for something in a top cabinet, or getting a hugwhen you first noticed it — an annoying twinge of pain in one or both of your breasts.
But, damn, they can be painful sometimes. Boob pain can happen for a variety of reasons—check those bra sizes, girls! She said it again, just for good measure: "Having pain in the breast is not usually a sign of breast cancer.
Although women are more likely to experience sore breasts, this can affect anyone who has breast tissue. Breast pain is rarely a symptom of cancer, and there are several reasons why perfectly healthy breasts may start to hurt. One of the most common causes of breast pain is an ill-fitting bra.
Breast soreness is very common. It affects most women at some time in their lives. The degree of soreness, and where and how it is felt, differs for each woman. It might be sharp, stabbing, dull, throbbing or aching.
Also called cyclic mastalgia, this type of breast pain is linked to our menstrual cycle, and the way in which our reproductive hormone levels change. It is related to the monthly rise and fall in the estrogen and progesterone levels, making this pain appear and disappear cyclically. This kind of cyclical breast pain that occurs every month is rarely ever a symptom of breast cancer, and usually subsides on its own once menstruation begins.
When it comes to your boobs being sore, we all know the word on the street is that it's probably because your period is en route. But what are some other reasons your breasts could be feeling especially tender? We spoke to the experts to find out.
Breast pain is the symptom of discomfort in the breast. Causes may be related to the menstrual cyclebirth control pillshormone therapyor psychiatric medication. Cyclical breast pain is often associated with fibrocystic breast changes or duct ectasia and thought to be caused by changes of prolactin response to thyrotropin.
Premenstrual swelling and tenderness of both breasts occurs during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Breast tissue may have a dense, bumpy, "cobblestone" feel to the fingers. This feel is usually more in the outer areas, particularly near the armpit.
Breast pain mastalgia — a common complaint among women — can include breast tenderness, sharp burning pain or tightness in your breast tissue. The pain may be constant or it may occur only occasionally. Postmenopausal women sometimes have breast pain, but breast pain is more common in younger women who haven't completed menopause.