It's not typical to experience sensitive breasts the week before our periods, although it's fairly common. We're not talking about slight discomfort here—that is natural. Severe tenderness and swelling that interferes with our normal activities and daily lives - that is not normal!
50% of women suffer breast soreness at some point in their life, according to the Breast Health Centre. It's an indication that more serious issues are present. Breast sensitivity can be excruciatingly uncomfortable and seriously obstruct daily activities, exercise, dressing, etc. Knowing is knowing!
Why does breast soreness affect so many women?
Did you know that even if you are not pregnant, estrogen stimulates the breast ducts to grow and progesterone causes the milk glands to enlarge?
Following ovulation, hormonal changes lead to cyclical breast soreness, which might be an indication of estrogen dominance. Although we adore estrogen, we are aware that excessive amounts might lead to PMS symptoms. The swelling and soreness may be brought on by an unbalanced estrogen to progesterone ratio. Since this symptom is typically related to PMS, it normally goes away when we start our period.
How can breast tenderness be treated naturally?
- Consume an anti-inflammatory diet rich in whole food fiber and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower, kale, etc.), as they contain large amounts of DIM (diindolylmethane), a nutrient that aids in the liver's processing of estrogen. The fiber in fruits and vegetables aids in elimination (pooping), which is essential for the removal of hormones and toxins.
- Purchase a wireless, incredibly comfortable and supportive bra.
- Regular movement and exercise can help regulate estrogen levels (and lower cortisol levels). Additionally, it stimulates lymphatic function, which reduces fluid retention (another PMS symptom).
- To avoid blood sugar and cortisol increases, stay away from caffeine.
- Consider adding Magnesium to your supplement regimen
- Add Chasteberry to your vitamin intake! Check out Aura Essentials for even more PMS support
Always check with your doctor if you are concerned or experiencing less than normal symptoms.