Breasts. They can be big, small, and everything in between. But we all know what breast tenderness on the birth control pill feels like. It’s not the breast feeling.
Does birth control cause breast tenderness?
Yes. Like most birth control side effects, sore breasts are triggered by hormone fluctuations. Introducing synthetic hormones to the bloodstream increases sex hormone levels; these deviating levels of estrogen and progesterone can cause breast tenderness and soreness.
Birth control breast tenderness can range from mild irritation to full-blown internal screaming depending on your pre-existing sex hormone levels. If you’ve just started on oral contraceptives, the pain should recede after a few months. Speak to your doctor if the soreness endures for more than three months.
Could it be something more serious?
Pain isn’t always a symptom of breast cancer; however, you could be at an increased risk if you experience non-cyclical pain while on the pill. Although the combination pill may reduce the possibility of ovarian cancer, it is also linked to a higher risk of ER-positive breast cancer.
The pain is considered non-cyclical if it’s unrelated to your menstrual cycle. Non-cyclical pain can be constant or intermittent, often leaving breasts feeling tight, sore, and sometimes burning. It’s important to track your breast tenderness (especially on birth control) so you can determine if the pain is cyclical or non-cyclical.
Manage your health by looking out for breast cancer symptoms like lumps, nipple discharge, or stubborn pain in only one breast (birth control-induced breast tenderness usually affects both breasts not just one). Constant chest pain can also indicate a breast infection. If the aching is followed with fever, enlarged lymph nodes, or breast redness and pus, contact your doctor immediately.
What else could it be?
Pregnancy. Even on the pill, incorrect usage of birth control can result in pregnancy. Increased progesterone levels during pregnancy can cause breast tenderness.
Your bra. Ill-fitting bras can lead to serious chest discomfort.
Caffeine. Excess caffeine consumption can cause chest aches and pains.
Cysts. Breast cysts are harmless fluid-filled sacs that grow within breast tissue as we age. Breast cysts often feel squishy (like a water balloon) and can change in size during menstruation, leading to pain. If the cysts grow too large, they can also press on tender areas causing irritation. If you suspect you have a breast cyst, contact your doctor immediately.
Smoking. Smoking increases epinephrine levels in breast tissue, increasing pain perception.
Pulled muscle. Although pulling the muscle below your breast tissue is rare, it could require surgery. Schedule a doctor’s appointment if you think this may be the case.
Sluggish detoxification pathways. Your gut works hard to detoxify and eliminate excess hormones. This can sometimes slow down; a sign of slow detoxification is constipation.
What can I do?
See your doctor. If you have persisting or worsening sore breasts from birth control usage, see your doctor ASAP! There are several tests your doctor will perform to check for trouble including: Mammogram. Mammograms help identify any abnormalities in your breast tissue. Ultrasound. Ultrasounds penetrate the breast tissue and detect lumps and cysts without radiation. MRI. An MRI creates detailed images of breast tissue and can spot abnormalities visually. Biopsy. A doctor will collect sample breast tissue for lab examination.
Self-care. Proper self-care includes eating right, sleeping well, and some solid R&R! Doctors advise reducing the amount of refined carbs, unhealthy fats, and sodium in your diet to alleviate breast pain. Prioritizing and following a consistent sleep schedule can also do wonders for your body.
Ramp up the detox. Supporting your body and replenishing deficiencies will help speed up the detoxification and elimination of excess hormones. Supplements that may help with this includes NAC and magnesium.
Switch birth control methods. If the birth control breast tenderness is severely affecting you, consult with your physician so you can try a different method of birth control to find the one most suitable for your body.
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✓Like most birth control side effects, sore breasts are triggered by hormone fluctuations. Introducing synthetic hormones to the bloodstream increases sex hormone levels; these deviating levels of estrogen and progesterone can cause breast tenderness and soreness.
✓Proper self-care includes eating right, sleeping well, and some solid R&R! Doctors advise reducing the amount of refined carbs, unhealthy fats, and sodium in your diet to alleviate breast pain. Prioritizing and following a consistent sleep schedule can also do wonders for your body.
✓If the birth control breast tenderness is severely affecting you, consult with your physician so you can try a different method of birth control to find the one most suitable for your body.