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Doctor insights on: Breast Pain Before Period Vs Early Pregnancy

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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If the only symptom I have is breast pain, could that be a sign of pregnancy? Or because my period is due in 5 days?

More likely period: Most women have breast pain right before their period so this isn't typically a sure-fire sign of pregnancy. A pregnancy test may be positive. You can take a test now and if negative, repeat in a 5-7 days. ...Read more

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I have had no period for two months, constant breast pain negative pregnancy test and spotting what could be wrong. With me?

I have had no period for two months, constant breast pain negative pregnancy test and spotting what could be wrong. With me?

Anovulation: Sometimes a woman may make an egg, but not release it. With this, they can experience a hormone imbalance with other symptoms. Such as what you are experiencing. But have your physician check a urine or blood test to make sure and if negative they can help guide you through this. ...Read more

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Breast pain and not pregnant. And nauseous daily. Negative pregnancy test. And just had period I don't know what's going on with my body.

Breast pain and not pregnant. And nauseous daily. Negative pregnancy test. And just had period I don't know what's going on with my body.

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities and hormonal imbalance are not uncommon and may cause such symptoms. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for an evaluation in-person. ...Read more

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Sharp nipple pain -super sensitive but no breast pain. Dark nipples-not aureoles. Negative pregnancy test. Medroxyprog. Side effect? Medroxy period 7days ago, only 4 days long after 2 months.

Sharp nipple pain -super sensitive but no breast pain. Dark nipples-not aureoles. Negative pregnancy test. Medroxyprog. Side effect? Medroxy period 7days ago, only 4 days long after 2 months.

May be physiologic: Your gynecologist can help clarify this. You may need more blood test and maybe even imaging help clarify the reason. This may be part of your physiology but would be good to check it out. ...Read more

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What would cause one sided breast pain? My period is late, neg pregnancy test, and sore left breast. Breast soreness feels similar to PMS type pain.

Need for examination: There are many causes of breast pain, including: abscess, fat necrosis, fibrocystic disease, ductal dilatation, breast cancer etc. It would be prudent to see your doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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After sex 8 weeks ago I took the morning after pill 48 hours later. I've had 2 periods and a negative pregnancy test I have breast pain could I be preg?

After sex 8 weeks ago I took the morning after pill 48 hours later. I've had 2 periods and a negative pregnancy test I have breast pain could I be preg?

Unlikely: If you had two periods after sex and the test was negative at more than three weeks after sex, you are not pregnant. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time, You may consider implanted contraceptive. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Differences of breast tenderness before period vs early pregnancy?

Differences of breast tenderness before period vs early pregnancy?

None: Before you have actually missed your period there is no qualitative difference in breast tenderness, pregnant or not. ...Read more

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Dizzy for almost 3 days, light red-brown spotting one day before period, tender breasts, very mild cramps, is it PMS or early sign of pregnancy?

Dizzy for almost 3 days, light red-brown spotting one day before period, tender breasts, very mild cramps, is it PMS or early sign of pregnancy?

It could be the: Start of your period one day early. The red/ brown spotting is likely blood. If you don't experience bleeding that is clearly your period - would encourage you to take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Hi. What's the difference between a period and pregnancy bleeding? Possible sex in oct, tender breasts before period, spot before, bleeding lasts 4-5 days?

Hi. What's the difference between a period and pregnancy bleeding? Possible sex in oct, tender breasts before period, spot before, bleeding lasts 4-5 days?

Preg vs. Not preg: Period, or menstrual bleeding, occurs because a woman did not become pregnant and her body is essentially resetting itself to try and become pregnant the following month. Bleeding that occurs in early pregnancy is often due to the implantation of the embryo into the uterine lining and usually resolves in the first 2-3 months of pregnancy. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have always had breast tenderness a week before period but not this time and I am suppose to start today. Can this be a sign of pregnancy?

I have always had breast tenderness a week before period but not this time and I am suppose to start today. Can this be a sign of pregnancy?

Doubtful: Pregnancy is noted for causing an increase in breast tenderness so it is not likely that decrease breast tenderness would herald a pregnancy. But a pregnancy test can be done now and would answer the question for sure. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Breast tenderness started 8 days before my period. Is it pms or an early sign of pregnancy?

Breast tenderness started 8 days before my period. Is it pms or an early sign of pregnancy?

Fibrocystic: This is most likely fibrocystic breast changes. Limiting caffeine may reduce tenderness. Obviously if you miss a period, check a pregnancy test ...Read more

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My period is a week early and was heavy to begin with, however what concerns me is that is has lasted longer than my other periods and my breasts hurt, is this an early stage of pregnancy?

My period is a week early and was heavy to begin with, however what concerns me is that is has lasted longer than my other periods and my breasts hurt, is this an early stage of pregnancy?

Probably not, but...: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. Urine tests are very accurate. ...Read more

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Sore breasts 10 days before period. No chance of pregnancy but I keep forgetting to take my pill so I take 2 the next night, could this be the cause?

Sore breasts 10 days before period. No chance of pregnancy but I keep forgetting to take my pill so I take 2 the next night, could this be the cause?

Maybe but: If you are forgetting to take your birth control pills then you should consider one of the many other options. You are very likely to end of pregnant if this continues. Consider a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud and you won't have to worry for the next 5 years. ...Read more

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Does sore breasts occur right before period during pregnancy, or is it consistent throughout the entire pregnancy?

Does sore breasts occur right before period during pregnancy, or is it consistent throughout the entire pregnancy?

Varies: Pregnant women experience breast tenderness in different ways. For some it is intense. For others not so much. You did not mention if you are actually pregnant or not. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Do not try and guess at pregnancy based on an unreliable symptom such as breast tenderness ...Read more

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Spotting 7days before period. Do not have cramps or breast pains or pregnancy symptoms. I usually have breast pains before period. What does this mean?

Spotting 7days before period. Do not have cramps or breast pains or pregnancy symptoms. I usually have breast pains before period. What does this mean?

Could be normal: Occasional spotting/ irregular periods can be perfectly normal. Anything that throws off your hormones (antibiotics, stress, travel, diet change, exercise level change) can cause this, and it should return to normal after another cycle or two. If you have any reason to believe you could be pregnant, though, take a test. And get seen if you have discharge with the spotting or foul odor. ...Read more

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I m ttc from 2 months I want to concieve early. I feel all pregnancy symptoms heavy and sore breasts ' headache. But at the end periods occur please help?

I m ttc from 2 months I want to concieve early. I feel all pregnancy symptoms heavy and sore breasts ' headache. But at the end periods occur please help?

Ovulation: There are a couple of things that have to happen in order for you to get pregnant. First you have to produce eggs, ovulation, which you can test by buying tickets at the pharmacy. You can also do basal body temperatures, or just be assured if you have regular periods. His semen has to be functional. Your tubes have to be open. This can be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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My breasts are sore but my periods not due for 12 days I had sex 4 times my fertile week what are chances it could be a early pregnancy symptom?

My breasts are sore but my periods not due for 12 days I had sex 4 times my fertile week what are chances it could be a early pregnancy symptom?

Doubtful: I am not saying you are or aren't pregnant, but 2-3 days after conception is way too early for reliable symptoms. If you conceived earlier, then it's possible. ...Read more

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I had protected sex but now I am 12 days late for my period and I have tender breasts. I have no other pregnancy symptoms. Could I be pregnant?

I had protected sex but now I am 12 days late for my period and I have tender breasts. I have no other pregnancy symptoms. Could I be pregnant?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. Sounds like just a late period. ...Read more

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Tender breasts, back aches like I'm days away from period, but I'm not. Besides pregnancy, what else could cause this? If hormones, how can I fix it?

Tender breasts, back aches like I'm days away from period, but I'm not. Besides pregnancy, what else could cause this? If hormones, how can I fix it?

Rising hormones: Breasts are very sensitive to estrogen levels which can cause tenderness especially if there was no ovulation that cycle and Progesterone was not produced. If you are not pregnant, then hormonal contraception can minimize your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have been having a very light spotting since the day my period was due. Which was the 26 of September. I also have tender breasts. Pregnancy?

I have been having a very light spotting since the day my period was due. Which was the 26 of September. I also have tender breasts. Pregnancy?

Pregnancy: Have you had unprotected intercourse? Have you run a home pregnancy test? If you have not, you should. Home pregnancy tests today are very reliable. ...Read more

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I've missed my period for 2 months now. Took 2 pregnancy test after 1st month of missing period both negative. I been having tender breasts though??

I've missed my period for 2 months now. Took 2 pregnancy test after 1st month of missing period both negative. I been having tender breasts though??

Other hormone issues: A negative pregnancy test is likely to be quite accurate. Other reasons for delayed periods and tender breasts could be hormone abnormalities leading to problems ovulating. Polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid problems, or other hormone problems may not directly cause breast soreness, but many women do have that symptom with such hormone problems. ...Read more

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No period, tender breasts, lots of eppitite, brown discharge, neg pregnancy test?

No period, tender breasts, lots of eppitite, brown discharge, neg pregnancy test?

Not sure: See gynecologist for more accurate pregnancy test and check for vaginal infection. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more