Interviewer: So your breasts are feeling kind of tender and they sort of hurt, is it a normal situation? We're going to talk about that next on The Scope. Announcer: Questions every woman wonders about her health, body, and mind.
In most cases, breast pain is a by-product of reproductive life: Like breast swelling, it waxes and wanes during the menstrual cycle, and it's one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Many women expect breast pain to go away after menopause. When it doesn't, they may fear they have breast cancer.
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.
It goes away after her period ends. This type of pain usually occurs in both breasts. It is more common in younger women and often stops after menopause.
There are many possible causes for breast pain. For example, changes in the level of hormones during menstruation or pregnancy often causes breast pain. Some swelling and tenderness just before your period is normal.
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.
Breast pain is any level of discomfort or pain in one or both breasts. It is more common in younger women. Pain can occur in one or both breasts.