Before I start my period, I get aches in my breasts. This happens every time.
Will it go away when mybreasts finish developing? And will wearing a more
supportive bra help? – Simone*
Lots of girls get aching in their breasts before their periods start. The aches
are caused by a decrease in the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which are
responsible for a girl's menstrual cycle.
For some girls, these aches happen less often as they grow older. But that's
not the case for everyone. Some women continue to get aches in their breasts for as
long as they have their periods, which is completely normal.
So what can you do? Cutting back on salt, sugar, caffeine, and dairy may
help. You might feel more comfortable if you wear a supportive bra during this
time. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or naproxen can
help reduce pain.
Regular exercise also may help lessen menstrual breast pain. Obviously, certain
types of exercise (like running) may make things worse during the time when your breasts
are hurting. So on those days, stick with an exercise that is lower impact, such as
biking or walking.