Alright, I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post this here because it is a breast question, but here goes anyways.

Does anybody experience breast tenderness for weeks before their period? Like clockwork, every month immediately following ovulation my nipples will be incredibly sensitive and sore. Within a day my breasts become so sore and swollen that a light touch makes me flinch. (and forget running on the treadmill!) It's frustrating because all that I've read online suggests that most women experience breast tenderness a week before their period at most, as a part of PMS. The soreness doesn't alleviate until a few days into my period.

I've been taking evening primrose oil every night because I've read that it helps. Has anybody else experienced this, and if so, is there anything else that might help?

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6 Responses to a breast/pms question…am I the only one with this problem?

  1. 64oTuT says:

    I get breast tenderness about two weeks before my period. I have fibroids in my breasts and they become real tender to the touch. Sometimes it goes away the week before, but sometimes it doesn’t go away until my period starts.

  2. Selyle says:

    I LOVE YOUR NAME. My brother and I actually had a “combat wombat” (a little stuffed wombat) that he’d take out when playing board games.

    Anyways, about the breast fibroids: is there a way you can self-examine to see if you have them? I read the description of it and it seems to describe me.

  3. 64oTuT says:

    I was able to feel mine when I would do a self exam and like I said, they got tender before my period. I went to the gyno once right before I had my cycle and he confirmed that they were there. He said that it made exams a little more difficult but that if I always checked then I would probably know if something changed.

  4. Elteva says:

    I think it has to do with different levels of hormones in each person. When I was on the pill I had some level of breast tenderness all of the time. Now that I’m off it I only get it for about ten days a month. Evening Primrose Oil is a good one, but I was also advised to try BVitamins as they can help with hormones too.

    Have you ever tried using pain medication for when it’s very bad? I wouldn’t want to make suggestions about medication as I’m not a doctor, but it could be something to look into. (Unless that’s totally obvious and you’ve tried that already, in which case please ignore me 🙂 )

  5. Ylrle says:

    This is me. It’s such an accurate indicator for me, that I will let my husband know that “my nipples have ovulated” so that he’s aware of the tender zone. It’s a total indication of the hormone change ovulation brings with it, for me.

  6. Lidbody says:

    I’ve had tenderness issues since about age 15. The only time they aren’t in some degree of discomfort is about 2-3 days after my period. Not sure whether my hormone issues (ovarian cysts and fibrous breast tissue) have something to do with it, but none of the physicians etc. I’ve spoken with seemed all that concerned.

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