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I have breast soreness after starting birth control?

I have breast soreness after starting birth control?

Probably normal: Breast tenderness after starting birth control is a normal condition. Anytime you have a hormonal change, your breasts respond and can become sore. If you have any lumps or dusharge from your breasts, this should be evaluated by your doctor. The breast tenderness should improve over time. ...Read more

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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


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What do I do fo breast soreness after starting birth control?

Breast sorness & BCP: Sore breasts after starting bcp's is most likely due to the estrogen. At your age consider switching to a lower dose pell. ...Read more

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Sharp and sore pain upper inner right breast. Pain in same place. I'm on birth control i was off for one month and recently started up again?

Sharp and sore pain upper inner right breast. Pain in same place. I'm on birth control i was off for one month and recently started up again?

Preg test: If you are concerned about pregnancy you shoul do an at home test. Chest pain that is otherwise unexplained, depending on duration, associated symptoms, history, and exam, needs to be evaluated if no obvious cause. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm taking 91 day jolessa birth control and my breast stay really sore and tender. Is that normal?

I'm taking 91 day jolessa birth control and my breast stay really sore and tender. Is that normal?

Probably normal: Breast tenderness is almost always from hormonal changes like the pill. The only other thing to worry about is pregnancy. If there's even a remote chance you're pregnant then do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Took two Plan B doses at the beginning of birth control and never missed a pill. 21 pack is done and my breasts slightly hurt when i touch and sore?

Took two Plan B doses at the beginning of birth control and never missed a pill. 21 pack is done and my breasts slightly hurt when i touch and sore?

Estrogen: Birth control pills often result in slightly higher-than-normal estrogen levels. One symptom of high estrogen levels is swollen, tender breasts. This can be seen with birth control pills or in pregnancy. If it's from the birth control pills, it should get better by the end of the 7 days off. Check w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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I got off birth control a couple months ago and for about the last my breast have become very sore and tender. I'm not sure what could be causing it?

I got off birth control a couple months ago and for about the last my breast have become very sore and tender. I'm not sure what could be causing it?

Ovulating now: If you're not taking birth control now you are probably ovulating now. That means your hormones are going through many more ups and downs, and can cause breast soreness. And if you might be pregnant, that can also cause breast soreness. ...Read more

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On birth control. Had sore breasts at the sides for 6 days and not due to stop taking pill for another 5 days. Not normal for me.Too early to test tho?

On birth control. Had sore breasts at the sides for 6 days and not due to stop taking pill for another 5 days. Not normal for me.Too early to test tho?

Take a test : If someone is pregnant enough to be having symptoms then that means their hormone level is high enough to be detected on a home pregnnacy test. Go ahead and take one.
Breast soreness is caused by many other things other than pregnancy. I suspect your test will be negative. ...Read more

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Can birth control cause soreness in the breasts?

Can birth control cause soreness in the breasts?

Yes: In some women, the hormones in birth control can cause sore breasts. If this is a persistent problem, you may need to switch to a pill that has a lower dose of hormones in it. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Sore breasts this month after switching to new birth control pill type. Is that normal to happen?

Sore breasts this month after switching to new birth control pill type.  Is that normal to happen?

Yes: Some ocp may cause this. If with second foil you feel the same ask your doctor to prescribe ocp with lower estrogen level. ...Read more

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Started birth control a week ago, lately my breast have been really sore. Took Plan B 2 days ago. Is this why their hurting?

Started birth control a week ago, lately my breast have been really sore. Took Plan B 2 days ago. Is this why their hurting?

Probably : Yes large doses of estrogenic compounds can cause mastodynia (sore breasts). But you note you're 4 weeks pregnant. If that is true, of course the pregnancy can cause mastodynia. ...Read more

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Cramping, sore breasts and nipples from birth control?

Cramping, sore breasts and nipples from birth control?

From hormones: Any hormonal method of birth control could possibly cause cramping, sore breasts and nipples. Both the estrogen and Progesterone in bcp can cause this. When this happens to my patients i switch to lower estrogen dose pill and/or to a pill with a different progesterone, and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Can my birth control be a reason of my breasts being sore, sensitive and hard ?

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Can my birth control be a reason of my breasts being sore, sensitive and hard ?

Yes: See your physician who prescribed you the birth control pills. ...Read more

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Does birth control pills make your breast sore ?

Does birth control pills make your breast sore ?

Yes: One of the side effects of hormones in the birth control pills can be breast tenderness. ...Read more

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Will missing birth control pills one month cause side effects the next month? Such as breast heaviness but no soreness?

Will missing birth control pills one month cause side effects the next month? Such as breast heaviness but no soreness?

No: Missing pills one month doesn't have an effect on the following month. Missing pills can change when you have your withdrawal bleeding (menstrual cycle), but after your cycle is complete you don't have to worry about any side effects. Breast heaviness can be side effect of pill, generally, can also be a sign of water retention or weight gain. ...Read more

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I took three doses of birth control in less than 24 hours about a week ago. I have had sore breasts and headaches ever since. Is it my hormone level?

I took three doses of birth control in less than 24 hours about a week ago. I have had sore breasts and headaches ever since. Is it my hormone level?

It might be: The oral contraceptive pill uses hormones to go back to the pituitary causes it to prevent ovulation. This gland is located just under the brain just above where the optic nerves cross, so headaches and sore breasts are possible form the temporary elevated hormone dosage. ...Read more

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Im on implanon birth control, and my breast and nipples are very sore, what could this be?

Pregnancy possible: The possibility exists. If you are one week late and still haven't had your menses, you should perform a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills cause sore breast ?

Hormones: Breast tenderness is common during hormonal fluctuations during regular menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or use of hormone containing medications. Excessive caffeine intake can also make breast tissue more tender. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have the breast edema/soreness caused by birth control pills 3 months after quitting the pill? When will it end?

Is it normal to still have the breast edema/soreness caused by birth control pills 3 months after quitting the pill? When will it end?

No: This seems a little long in terms of duration of symptomatology. I would go see a physician. I defer to some of my more experienced ob-gyn and internists on this group to further clarify. ...Read more

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I had sex a week ago, birth control. My breasts are so sore and I'm cramping a lot and I spotted today. Why is this? I also get very nauseous

I had sex a week ago, birth control. My breasts are so sore and I'm cramping a lot and I spotted today. Why is this? I also get very nauseous

Likely Menstruation: If you have been on birth control consistently and you still having periods then this is not pregnancy. You could just be experiencing menstrual pains/cramps. Birth Control pills do not stop the menstrual period or it's symptoms of Breast pain/cramps. Are you due for you menstrual period soon? See if this subsides over the next couple of days. ...Read more

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Sore breasts after switching to continuous birth control. Started the meds right before my period therefore I didn't have one. Is the pain normal?

Sore breasts after switching to continuous birth control. Started the meds right before my period therefore I didn't have one. Is the pain normal?

Yes: Anytime you change your hormonal status it can affect the breast tissue and tenderness is one of the most common side effects reported. Once you are adjusted to the new BC the effect should go away - probably in 1-2 months. ...Read more

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Is having sore breasts and tenderness a normal symptom while taking birth control pills? I'm on 2nd month taking them.

Is  having sore breasts and tenderness a normal symptom while taking birth control pills? I'm on 2nd month taking them.

Yes: Many women will have some breast tenderness for a short period of time after starting the pill. For most of them it gradually goes away. ...Read more

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