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What can I do to relieve breast pain before my period?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Breast pain is common before periods, and even earlier in the cycle when the ovaries produce estrogen. This causes the breasts to swell, which can indeed hurt. Support bras or sports bras can make a big difference, as can regular exercise. You can try avoiding salt (that includes diet foods and diet pop, which usually contain high salt loads), caffeine, and chocolate, all of which can cause temporary breast swelling. Drinking a natural diuretic such as cranberry juice may help, but don’t use diuretic pills, as they can affect your electrolyte levels and cause bigger problems.

Other remedies for breast pain with periods include hot showers or warm baths, relaxation and breathing exercises, 400 milligrams of ibuprofen up to four times a day, and even cabbage leaves placed over the area. (They’re said to draw out the pain.)

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