What causes pain under my breasts

Chest pain? You should know these possible causes

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If the chest changes or even hurts, we quickly panic. This state of anxiety is terrible and unbearable and often only a visit to the gynecologist can calm you down. However, every woman should be aware that there are many different causes of chest pain.

Fortunately, chest pain is often not as dangerous as assumed. So don't assume the worst case scenario straight away. There are many different causes of chest pain, here is an overview.

The breasts suffer from poorly fitting bras

First things first: the bra. If the breasts are wedged into an ill-fitting brassiere, it makes perfect sense that it can hurt. With pain of this kind, one speaks of cycle-independent chest pain (mastalgia). This chest pain can also be caused by cysts or rapid weight gain. Even severe back pain can radiate into the chest.

Tip: If your breasts enlarge regularly with the cycle (see below), then wear a larger bra during this time. Ideally a particularly comfortable model without push-up pillows and prickly hangers. Soft cup bras or bustiers are super comfortable. This is a great way to give your boobs a break.

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Chest pain: just sore muscles?

Have you been doing an upper body and arm workout, or just doing some push-ups for fun? Then it can be natural that the chest muscles report. Sometimes you feel a very unpleasant pain and a pulling in or under your chest, especially when you want to raise your arms. These chest pains are quite harmless.

Aside from sore muscles, you may also experience chest pain after running or jumping rope training. The cause here is less due to the unfamiliar muscle work, but rather to insufficient support. To prevent this from happening again, invest in a well-fitting sports bra that will support your bosom during your workout.

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Cycle-dependent chest pain

The hormonal changes during the cycle cause breast pain in some women (also known as mastodynia in technical jargon). Most of the time, cycle-related chest pain occurs as PMS symptoms one to two weeks before menstruation. Some women then feel an increased tenderness in their bosoms.

The hormone fluctuations change the mammary gland tissue and water retention can also cause the breasts to enlarge and become uncomfortably tight. These pains are easy to classify and recognize because they disappear again after the menstrual period.

Influence of menopause

In many women, mastopathy, i.e. a benign change in the glandular tissue, can also be responsible for the pain in the chest. This form of change occurs particularly frequently during the menopause (climacteric). Then the entire female body changes, including the bosom.

Mastopathy can also occur earlier, for example as cysts, lumps and swellings. During the menopause and due to hormonal changes, for example the lack of female sex hormones, the mammary gland tissue recedes, which can then also cause an uncomfortable feeling.

Chest pain: when do I need to see a doctor?

Whether or not the chest pain is directly related to the cycle, it is always a good idea to see a doctor for a check-up. They can examine changes in the breast, classify them and make a diagnosis in order to rule out a possible risk of serious illnesses or to treat an existing illness.

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Do i have heart disease?

In Germany, coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the widespread diseases and is therefore one of the most common causes of death, especially in men. But women can also be affected. A typical symptom of coronary heart disease is angina pectoris, which means "Herzge" in English.

Angina pectoris is often a little different, especially in women, which is why it is not so easy to determine. The typical chest pain occurs less often or not at all in women. Symptoms typical for women such as nausea, stomach pain, tiredness and shortness of breath occur more frequently.

If you feel the pain mainly in the left chest area, you don't have to immediately suspect a heart attack. Keep calm and go through these symptoms:

  • You have the feeling that your chest is constricting in the area of ​​your heart.
  • You feel a lot of pressure.
  • You are short of breath.
  • You are short of breath.
  • You feel sick.
  • You have to throw up.
  • The pain radiates into the shoulder.
  • Your jaw hurts
  • You have pain in your upper abdomen.

The symptoms of a heart attack in women are very different from those in men and are often not properly classified. Therefore, a heart attack in women is often detected too late. If you have the slightest suspicion, choose this one Emergency 112!

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Sore breasts during pregnancy

The strong physical changes during pregnancy can also be clearly felt in the breasts. During pregnancy, the breasts are prepared for the production of breast milk. Pulling pain that resembles PMS symptoms can also appear in the first trimester.

Especially after giving birth, i.e. while breastfeeding, many mothers complain of chest pain. If the breasts do not become soft again after breastfeeding, this can be a sign of breast inflammation (mastitis). While it is rare, mastitis can develop independently of pregnancy.

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The influence of artificial hormones

A well-known side effect of estrogen-based drugs such as birth control pills is chest pain. Other hormone-containing drugs, for example for the treatment of acne, high blood pressure or hair loss, can also cause chest pain.

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Breast Cancer: Is Breast Pain a Symptom?

Many women are quick to think of breast cancer when their breasts hurt. In the early stages, this usually does not cause any complaints or symptoms. It is all the more important to palpate your own breasts regularly and attentively. The German Cancer Society recommends that women aged 25 and over feel their breasts once a month and look at them in the mirror in good light.

Tip: It's best to palpate your chest a week after your last period started. Because then the bosom is particularly soft and changes can be felt better.

On the one hand, through careful palpation and observation, changes such as lumps in the breast can be felt. But visual changes are also noticed, such as newly occurring retractions or depressions of the nipples or a change in breast size. These are all alarm signals that should definitely be clarified by a gynecologist.

Also read:Palpate the breast yourself: the step-by-step instructions


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Important note: This article is for informational purposes only. This does not replace a diagnosis by a doctor or advice from a pharmacist. If you are unsure, have urgent questions or have complaints, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Created October 31, 2019
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