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Sore, tender and painful beasts are symptoms often felt during peri-menopause which is the time preceding menopause and where your periods become irregular and Menopause is officially when you have not had a period for 12 months.

The actual medical word for this type of breast pain is Mastalgia. It can be cyclical or non-cyclical and is more often a result of hormonal imbalance or hormonal change. Women will experience breast pain and tenderness in peri menopause as well as in menopause.

More than two thirds of women will experience breast discomfort at some point. Becoming more educated about breast pain and breast tenderness is necessary to help understand the causes and what might be done to alleviate this uncomfortable symptom.

What are the Symptoms?
The symptoms have been described as soreness or burning, which can be felt in one or both breasts. Some women often complain that their breasts become too sore to touch and cannot tolerate wearing a bra or even light clothing. Some women report sharp, stabbing or throbbing pain. The symptoms can be constant, or they may come and go.

What can cause this breast pain?
As previously stated, it is most likely that the cause of breast tenderness or breast pain is the result of hormonal changes. Oestrogen and Progesterone levels change during menopause and peri- menopause which results in breast soreness and pain. If you are in your 40’s and 50’s it is likely that your symptoms are hormonal but can be other causes of breast pain and tenderness. If you think the cause of your breast tenderness is not due to peri-menopause or menopause, it is wise to check this with a doctor.

If you are experiencing the above symptom please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 883 405 to book a free consultation and discuss this with one of our doctors.

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