1. What supplements or dietary changes help alleviate period-related breast soreness and nipple sensitivity? Evening Primrose Oil had a lukewarm summary on NIH’s site; anything else? Obviously things that prevent bloating/water retention, but what else might help?
2. Every time I try to give myself a breast self-exam, I feel waves of nausea. I don’t know if this is due to anxiety over the potential of finding a lump, or some sort of vasovagal response because it hurts to probe, even right after my period. My breasts are large (28G) and dense (fibrocystic-ish), which doesn’t help. Why might I feel so nauseous, and what can I do about it?
2.5. Planned Parenthood told me to not bother with a monthly exam if it was a hassle/problem, because the doc’s office can catch lumps. But I’m skeptical. Does anyone have some science or additional information?
3. Not breasts: I’ve taken toilet-clogging BMs three times in the last three months. I poop every day and it’s not particularly hard and dry. So what gives?