What causes breast tenderness?

Variable. If there are no issues with the breast such as a fibrocystic nodularity, breast tenderness is usually a response to increasing estrogen levels. Women in their forties tend to be relatively Progesterone deficient, leading to imbalance between estrogen & Progesterone especially late in the menstrual cycle. This produces an estrogen dominant effect which may cause breast tenderness.

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What causes breast tenderness and pain?

Watch the coffee. Besides elevate estrogen levels just before your period or in early pregnancy, caffeine and chocolate can cause breast tenderness. These things can aggravate breast tissue and lead to cysts in the breast. Trauma is a more obvious cause but the good news is that bad things (like cancer) do not tend to be painful. Read more...

What's causes breast tenderness and a clear leakage from the breast?

Many things. Caffeine (e.g. Lots of coffee), cysts in the breasts, normal cycle changes, etc.. Can cause breast tenderness. Most leakage/discharge from the breasts is normal. Bloody or pinkish discharge is not normal and warrants further evaluation. Read more...
Fibrocystic changes. The most common cause of breast pain is fibrocystic changes. This is a natural process in all breast tissue, especially around menstrual cycle. Some of us can have pain aggravated by caffeine, hormone intake and stress. Clear discharge is common and not worrisome. If the color changes to brown or red, then see your doctor. Read more...

What causes breast tenderness during irregular periods and in the absence of pregnancy?

Hormone changes. Having irregular periods can mean hormonal imbalance . Hormonal changes cause breast tenderness known as fibrocystic changes (see some of my posts on breast tenderness & fibrocystic changes). You may also be peri menopausal . I recommend you contact your gynecologist. Read more...

What can cause constant breast tenderness in both breasts...And I have very small breasts?

Breast pain. You need to be seen by a gyn to determine the source of the pain- often it can be as simple as cystic breast conditions made worse by caffeine and other things. Please do not wait if you are in constant pain. Feel better. Read more...

What is the cause of breast tenderness and is it normal?

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. This can be normal for some women. Read more...

What could cause really bad breast tenderness so you have to wear a bra?

Many things. Periods, pregnancy, coffee, breast feeding, infection, lesions in breasts (cysts, lymph nodes) medications, etc... Read more...
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...

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...

What causes breast pain and tenderness in girls?

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...