When our breasts feel weird, we often jump to the worst possible conclusions: Does breast pain mean that I have breast cancer? Or are my boobs sore because I'm getting my period — or because I'm pregnant? Here's the good news: Breasts feel sore for all different kinds of reasons, most of which are nothing to be concerned about. And despite the paranoia that can take hold when anything in our chest area feels off, breast pain is rarely a breast cancer symptom.
There are many possible causes for breast pain. For example, changes in the level of hormones during menstruation or pregnancy often causes breast pain. Some swelling and tenderness just before your period is normal. Some women who have pain in one or both breasts may fear breast cancer. However, breast pain is not a common symptom of cancer. Soon after having a baby, a woman's breasts may become swollen with milk.
It feels like the ultimate betrayal. You go to sleep at night with normal, non-painful breasts, and wake up feeling like your boobs are not boobs, but two extremely sore concrete boulders on your chest. Period boobs, as they should be scientifically called, are the worst.
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