Breast pain accounts for half of all complaints associated with the female breast, and can indicate the development of dangerous infections and diseases. But don’t panic right away. Sometimes, to eliminate pain in the chest, it is enough to slightly adjust the lifestyle, choose the right underwear and reduce physical activity. We list the common causes of pain in the female breast.

1. Early sign of pregnancy

If the breasts are unusually swollen and become very sensitive and painful, then perhaps its owner is pregnant. Such symptoms may indicate an early term for the «interesting position» of a woman. It’s all the fault of pregnancy hormones, which are activated after conception, significantly affecting the overall well-being and condition of the body. Already at the beginning of the first trimester, the female breast begins to grow gradually and becomes very sensitive. As estrogen levels rise, so does the size of the milk ducts, which in turn can cause pain and discomfort in the breast area.

2. Allergy to cosmetics

2. Allergy to cosmetics

Many body lotions promise smooth, hydrated skin, but some do the exact opposite, causing irritation, redness, and pain. These are most often symptoms of an allergic reaction, which can begin due to the abundance of harmful chemical ingredients in cosmetics. And when such lotions or creams are used on the breast skin, it can become red, sore and swollen. Other causes of such allergies are often laundry products, hair care products (because they run down the chest while showering), makeup cosmetics and sunscreen. If chest pain began to appear more often after replacing one of the listed types of cosmetics, then it is quite possible that the new remedy caused an allergy.

3. Excessive exercise

Regular exercise is a great help to maintain a beautiful figure and health. But everything has a measure. For example, due to excessive push-ups, heavy lifting, or even a long run in an uncomfortable bra, an injury can occur in the chest area, which will cause pain and severe discomfort. The focus of injury is often not in the chest itself, but in the muscle located under the chest. Therefore, it is difficult to tell the difference between chest pain and chest pain. Usually this kind of problem goes away after a few days of rest.

4. Infection in the body

Blocked milk ducts, ingrown nipple hairs, clogged sweat glands, and disease caused by bacteria can all lead to localized infections. They are characterized by redness, swelling and pain. Sometimes the infection is accompanied by various kinds of discharge from the nipples, including pus and blood. In addition to everything, the woman begins to have a fever and general malaise. If there is a suspicion of an infection, it is important to immediately consult a doctor and begin treatment.

5. Wrong contraception

Any drug that affects the hormones in the body can have the side effect of pain, swelling, and discomfort in the chest. Birth control pills often cause these symptoms because they increase estrogen levels. But a similar effect can occur after taking certain medications for infertility and thyroid diseases. Over time, discomfort after a course of medication decreases, but if they do not go away and cause severe discomfort, then it is worth talking with your doctor about alternative remedies.

6. Pain due to the wrong bra

According to surveys of more than 10,000 women, about 64% of them are wearing the wrong size bra. And this can cause problems much worse than chest discomfort and an ugly body silhouette. Poorly fitting bras, poor quality fabrics, and rough underwear details are common causes of chest pain. Incorrect underwear in the chest area is more likely to cause injury. Instead of enduring inconvenience during the day, it is better to spare no time and money, properly choosing high-quality and comfortable underwear for your size.

7. Female symptoms

Puberty, menstruation, premenopause, and menopause are all stages in a woman’s life that affect her hormone levels in her body, so it’s no surprise that breast pain is a major symptom during these periods. Under such circumstances, it is considered the norm. To determine the causes of pain, you need to track and analyze your condition during cycles. It is equally important to pay attention to the medications that are most commonly used to address the discomforts of PMS, perimenopause, and menopause. Some of these medications can also cause chest pain.

8. Breastfeeding

8. Breastfeeding

One of the most important natural purposes of the female breast is breastfeeding a child. During pregnancy, the milk ducts dilate and the size of the breast increases to prepare for lactation. All this provokes a slight pain and discomfort in the chest area, which most often continues until the baby is weaned from the breast. But it is important to remember that breastfeeding should not be accompanied by severe and constant pain. Most likely, a woman violates the rules of feeding or has some kind of disease. In this case, it is necessary to consult a doctor.

9. Chest injury

One of the most obvious causes of chest pain is trauma. It is rare that a woman in her entire life has never injured this area of ​​u200bu200bthe body. For example, a ball could hit the chest or squeeze the seat belt during a car accident. Sometimes the pain remains after an unsuccessful surgical intervention, but over time this kind of discomfort should disappear. If the pain does not go away for a long time and only intensifies, then it is better not to delay the visit to the doctor.

10. Signs of breast cancer

Many women are afraid of this diagnosis, but it is not worth putting it in the first place with chest pain. According to statistics, it manifests itself much less frequently than the other listed causes. Along with painful sensations, the onset of an oncological disease in the chest area is usually accompanied by other symptoms: seals in the mammary gland, discharge from the nipples, changes in skin tone, etc. But sometimes the disease can occur without obvious signs. To keep the situation under control, it is recommended to conduct an independent breast examination daily, and after 40-50 years, visit a mammologist at least once a year.

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