Are Tender Breasts in Menopause Normal?
Noticing a change in how your breasts feel can be a cause for alarm, but if you’ve also started experiencing mood swings, your periods have become irregular and you’ve seen changes in your skin, hair and nails, your tender breasts could be a sign of perimenopause.
If you’re concerned about any changes in the size, shape or feel of your breasts, you should always consult your GP, but once you’ve ruled out anything more serious, you may want to approach treating your tender breasts as a perimenopause symptom.
It might feel like there’s enough to deal with at this time in your life with your first hot flushes, an increase in mood swings and a sudden overwhelming sense of fatigue, without having to contend with sore, tender breasts as well.
However, understanding why this can be a symptom of perimenopause, and how you can manage it, could help you to worry about it a little less - and maybe even reduce menopause-related stress as a result.
Why Tender Breasts Can Be a Symptom of Perimenopause
The changes in your hormonal balance that result in the end of your natural fertility can affect your body in many different ways, including making your breasts feel more tender than usual, and perhaps even sore. You might see a change in the size and shape of your breasts too, which is also due to the progesterone and oestrogen levels shifting in your body.
You’re most likely to notice these changes during the perimenopause stage, which typically affects women in their 40s. This is because hormonal fluctuations tend to be more dramatic at this stage of a woman’s menopause journey.
If it’s been 12 months since your last period and you’re still experiencing breast tenderness and soreness, you should speak to your GP to make sure everything’s okay. However, if you’re taking HRT to manage your symptoms, your breast pain could be related to this.
This isn’t ideal if breast tenderness was one of the symptoms that you wanted relief from in the first place, so you’ll need to find a HRT alternative to allow you to carry on feeling like the best version of yourself.
Managing Tender Breasts in Menopause
You can try to manage your hormonal imbalance in perimenopause and beyond by taking natural menopause supplements designed to address this. Ingredients such as DT56a, the soy derivative found in Femarelle® supplements, can mimic the effects of oestrogen in your body.
Using natural supplements to rebalance your hormones could help to provide relief from a whole range of perimenopausal symptoms, from hair loss to mood swings and from hot flushes to tender breasts.
There are also small lifestyle changes you can take to try to relieve breast tenderness at this time, such as wearing a properly fitting, supportive bra - remember, you might not be the same cup size that you used to be, so get yourself measured - as well as taking part in regular exercise and reducing your caffeine consumption.
If you’re interested in trying a supplement designed especially for perimenopause, you can find Femarelle® Rejuvenate here.