● Symptoms and causes of breast pain

There are two kinds of breast pain: cyclic breast pain and noncyclic breast pain. The cyclic breast pain is related to the menstrual cycle and intensifies during the two weeks before the start of the period to ease up just after. It is often accompanied with breast swelling and lumpiness and usually affects both breasts.

This cyclic breast is more likely to affect women between their 20s and 30s and women transitioning to menopause.

The noncyclic breast pain is constant and usually affects one single breast in a localized area. It is most likely to affect women after the menopause.

It also exists extramammary breast pain that starts in breast tissue but the source is somewhere else.

It is important to see a doctor if the pain continues for more than a couple of weeks and occurs in a specific area of the breast. And also, if pain increases during time and interferes with your daily activities.

There are different factors that can be responsible for the pain

     –  Reproductive hormones
     –  Breast structures
     –  Fatty acid imbalance
     –  Medication use
     –  Breast size
     –  Breast surgery

> Read the article on http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/breast-pain/symptoms-causes/dxc-20167381

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