Almost half of women under 50 experience breast pain or tenderness. Breast tenderness is a side effect of menstruation. It can also be related to taking stomach acid suppressant drugs.
Here’s what to do…
Soap your breasts:
When you shower, gently massage them from the centre of your chest out towards your armpits. This improves circulation.
Place a wrap of ice cubes covered with a towel or cold sachet water on each breast for 10 minutes. This exercise dulls the pain.
There’s evening primrose oil, a herbal remedy for menstrual symptoms. It contains an essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) that may help to balance a woman’s hormones.
Vitamin E and B may also work together to reduce breast pain.
Eat soya beans.
Consume fruits, vegetables, beans, and lentils.
Cut down on hydrogenated oils found in margarine, biscuits, manufactures pies and snacks.
Reduce your consumptions of coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, cheese, beer. They contain caffeine and theobromine found in common foods.
Keep your salt intake low. Watch you intake of sodium processed, tinned and packaged foods.
Are there other ways?
Yes! Exercise vigorously for 30 minutes, three times a week, especially during the week before your period.
If you take contraceptive pills, ask your doctor about altering prescription to minor dosage.
Meditation and other relaxation techniques can also reduce stress hormones.
Credit: 1001 home remedies (Reader’s Digest)