How Healthy Are Your Breasts?
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- Why Your Breasts Hurt
- Culprit #1: You're about to get your period.
- Culprit #2: You've got fibrocystic breasts.
- Culprit #3: Your diet.
- Culprit #4: You're overdoing it at the gym.
- Culprit #5: Your meds.
- New Reasons to Get a Mammogram
- What to Do If You Find a Lump in Your Breast
- Straight Answers to Your Biggest Questions
Culprit #1: You're about to get your period.
"As levels of estrogen and progesterone shift, your breasts swell, resulting in tenderness and pain," explains Eleni Tousimis, MD, a breast surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help. Another research-proven option: evening primrose oil, available in gel capsules, which is a natural form of fatty acid that seems to decrease pain. One study in Wales found that six 500-milligram capsules daily, taken when pain starts, soothed period-related breast pain in 58 percent of women.
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