The most common causes of breast pain
Updated: Jul 5, 2020
Nope, it's NOT breast cancer, but I know that's what you were worried about..
Breast pain is so common. I see many patients in the office every week complaining of breast pain. Most women are worried it's a sign of cancer, but that's usually not the case at all. These are the common causes of breast pain...
1. Lack of support
Your bra doesn't fit right, just not giving enough support.
This is common among ladies with larger breasts for sure.
It's best to get properly fitted for a bra, or try a more supportive type
A recent big increase in caffeine intake seems to correspond with new breast pain.
3. Increased estrogen
If pain occurs mid-cycle, or with recent start of birth control pills or HRT, that can be the cause.
Sometimes, there's a temporary cyst on the ovary producing some extra estrogen.
In any of these situations, this usually resolves over a month or two.
4. Underlying muscle pain
The pectoral muscles lay right under the breasts and you can pull or stain those muscles just as you can any other muscle.
If you've starting working out more or recently done some heavy lifting, this makes sense.
This will hurt more with movement for sure.
This will resolve within a few days with rest.
Ibuprofen would help.
Mastitis is an infection in the breast tissue and it is extremely painful.
It's certainly more common when breastfeeding, but possible when not as well (although rare).
There may be a red spot on the breast, which would be extremely painful to touch, and you can actually feel pretty sick with body aches and fever.
This would need to be treated with antibiotics, so you would need to evaluated by your healthcare provider.
6. New growth
It is possible there is a tumor or cyst that is causing some discomfort.
Do a breast exam, and if you feel a lump, go see your doctor ASAP.