As women go through a monthly cycle, they suffer moodiness, bloating, insomnia and breast tenderness. Menopause can bring breast tenderness with it, and so can pregnancy. The one thing each of these has, in general, is changing hormones.
As a woman, you can’t essentially control your hormones, but you aren’t left powerless to just suffer from sore breasts. You can take measures to help ease the discomfort. Check out the 8 things you can do at home to help with your breast tenderness.
1. Hot or cold compress
If you realize that your breasts are tender as your hormones fluctuate, “Top 10 Home Remedies” recommends using either a hot or cold compress, whichever gives the most relief. For the cold, you can use ice wrapped in a towel or a bag of frozen veggies. The heat can be a hot water bottle or a towel soaked in hot water.
2. Proper Support
Another way to help with the uneasiness is to make sure you’re wearing a bra that has proper support. “Reader’s Digest” also recommends wearing a sports bra for any demanding activity that might cause your breasts to be bounced around too much.
3. Relaxation Techniques
Stress can contribute to hormone variation which causes breast tenderness. The Mayo Clinic says to try some relaxation techniques to help reduce your stress: a hot bath, Yoga or going for a run.
A lot of women forget that caffeine can contribute to fibrocystic breast tissue. The Mayo Clinic recommends cutting back on the caffeine if you find out you’re having discomfort.