What Every Woman Needs to Know about Breast Sensitivity
Breast sensitivity can be a sign of hormonal fluctuations, cysts, and difficulties in nursing.
However, there are many other things you need to keep in mind when talking about breast sensitivity.
What Is Breast Sensitivity?
Age, pregnancy, nursing, and monthly hormonal changes all change the way the breasts are made. Several women have breast sensitivity, which might make breast discomfort more likely.
Breast sensitivity can be good in some ways, like making sexual pleasure better. Yet, for some women, one breast may start to feel more delicate than the other. This symptom may be alarming and occasionally points to a health issue.
No matter how it feels—tightness, shooting or searing pain, soreness, swelling, or a heavy feeling—breast pain hurts. It can also be unsettling because it’s so common to question if the symptoms you’re experiencing are indicative of breast cancer.
What Causes Breast Sensitivity?
Mastalgia is the medical term for breast discomfort. Meaning, it’s critical to determine what caused it. For various reasons, breast sensitivity and other types of pain in that area can occur.
Nipple soreness might occur while breastfeeding as your infant latches on to them. It could have a pinching sensation. Moreover, it could result in cracked and bleeding nipples. Ointments, or even wiping a few droplets of milk on your nipples to soften them before you start, can help to relieve the pain.
Most breast pain seems to have something to do with how much progesterone and estrogen your body has. Physicians are unsure about what causes breast discomfort. It can happen during puberty, menopause, and pregnancy, among other times in your reproductive life.
Your menstruation may be on the way if your nipples are sore. Once you have your period, that discomfort and additional breast pain should subside. Your nipples may get sore and swollen during pregnancy as well.
Cyclic Breast Pain
If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s likely that your breast discomfort is cyclical and connected to your menstrual cycle:
- The discomfort is heavy and achy.
- Your breasts enlarge or seem lumpy.
- The top and exterior portions of both breasts are most severely impacted.
This might imply that you’re approaching menopause or in your prime childbearing years (your 20s and 30s). Your doctor may tell you to take oral contraceptives to ease the pain you feel in your breasts every month, or they may change the amount of medicine you already take.
Fibrocystic Breast Alterations
Hormones are probably involved in this as well. Your breasts can develop fibrous tissue, rope-like or scar-like breast tissue, and cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs. That can hurt, yet it’s common and typically not harmful. It affects almost half of the women in their 20s to 50s. Treatment is not necessary unless your symptoms are severe.
Unbalanced Fatty Acids
Vegetable and animal oils contain these acids. Your breasts may be more hormone-sensitive if there is an imbalance of them in your cells. Try reducing the fat in your diet to lessen your symptoms. Your doctor may also suggest a diet rich in complex carbohydrates.
Breast Pain Types
Cyclical and non-cyclical breast discomfort are the primary types of breast pain. Your menstrual cycle will come and go, as will any cyclic discomfort. One illustration would be experiencing a breast ache or soreness with your period. Around two weeks before their menstruation, many women report breast discomfort and soreness. Seventy-five percent of all breast discomfort is cyclic.
Women between 20 and 50 are most likely to have it, and it often goes away after menopause. cyclic breast pain is often felt in the upper, outside parts of both breasts. It can also be felt under the arms.
Non-cyclic pain does not often come and go in a predictable rhythm and is unrelated to the menstrual cycle. Most sufferers of non-cyclical breast discomfort are post-menopausal women between 40 and 50. The discomfort is frequently reported as tightness, burning, or breast soreness. It might be continuous or sporadic.
A rash or swelling may appear around your nipple if you have dermatitis, a skin irritant. Eczema and contact dermatitis are some of the common types of dermatitis. If you suspect dermatitis, you should discuss the potential causes and treatments of these skin issues with your doctor.
When Should You See Your Doctor?
People can often wait several days to determine whether breast sensitivity disappears without risk. However, if you have signs of a severe infection like excruciating pain, redness, swelling, or fever, you should consult a doctor right away.
A person should visit a doctor or lactation consultant right away if breast sensitivity makes it hard for them to nurse a child.
These are the things you might also want to consider as a reason to see a doctor for breast sensitivity:
- It worsens or grows uncomfortable,
- it comes and goes mysteriously,
- It happens along a change in milk production,
- Swelling, redness, a lump, or nipple discharge accompanies it,
- A recent breast or chest muscle injury is not getting better.
Although minor issues account for most breast discomfort instances, it’s always crucial to discuss your worries with your doctor. You should be assessed if you have recurrent breast discomfort. And whether the bump is uncomfortable or not, everyone should visit their doctor for a checkup to ensure nothing is wrong.
The Bottom Line
Hormonal changes that occur naturally or a minor issue like a cyst or bruising frequently cause breast discomfort.
However, you should consult a doctor right away if you experience any skin changes, a lump, nipple alterations, and/or a discharge that is related to breast discomfort.
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