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Doctor insights on: Excessively Tender Breasts

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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Breast Tenderness (Definition)

Your breasts may provide the first signs to you that you are pregnant. Women's breasts often get extremely tender and begin increasing in size very early in pregnancy. These changes are preparing you for breastfeeding. The size may increase throughout the first 3 months of pregnancy. It is important to wear a bra that fits and supports your breasts throughout your pregnancy. Your nipples and areolas (the darker skin around the nipples) will darken early in pregnancy. By weeks 12-14, you may start leaking colostrum from your breasts. Colostrum is a fluid made up of water, proteins, minerals, and antibodies that you will feed your baby for the first few days ...Read more


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What can cause tender breasts?

What can cause tender breasts?

Breast pain: or mastalgia is very common in young women prior to menses. It is benign and self-limited. Unilateral breast pain can occur in older women. Pregnancy can also lead to swelling and pain in the breasts. Talk w/your doctor, ...Read more

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What to do with tender breasts?

What to do with tender breasts?

Breast tenderness: Breast tenderness can be due to hormones, cyst, infection, trauma or pregnancy. Well supported Bra can help . See your doctor to find the cause . ...Read more

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What do tender breasts feel like ?

What do tender breasts feel like ?

Pain: Pain is subjective. If you have pain and it is unexpected please contact your doctor. Pain is not easily described and there is no list of different kinds of breast pain. ...Read more

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I have extremely tender breasts. What could be wrong?

I have extremely tender breasts. What could be wrong?

Fibrocystic changes: You could have fibrocystic changes. This is the most common cause of breast pain. It can be aggravated by caffeine, stress, menstrual cycle and hormonal supplements. If you are over 40, then you should have a mammogram and ultrasound. Please get evaluated by a breast specialist. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen, tender breasts?

What can cause swollen, tender breasts?

Fibrocystic changes: You could have fibrocystic changes. This is the most common cause of breast pain. It can be aggravated by caffeine, stress, menstrual cycle and hormonal supplements. If you are over 40, then you should have a mammogram and ultrasound. Please get evaluated by a breast specialist. ...Read more