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Breast tightness

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A number of morphological and structural changes take place in the breasts throughout a woman's life. During the reproductive age, in the days before menstruation for example, or during the first trimester of pregnancy or during breast-feeding, it is common for women to report breast pain or mastalgia, associated with breast turgidity or tightness, increased size and sensitivity.



About 70% of women under 55 have suffered from breast pain at some point. Cyclic mastalgia or mastodynia is the most common, accounting for 60-70 % of cases.

Changes in hormone levels related to menstruation or pregnancy  are usually the main triggers for mastodynia, as they produce increased sensitivity in the breasts, which is often accompanied by a certain degree of inflammation and pain.

Women with mastodynia suffer from disturbed sleep and often have a reduced quality of life.

Mastodynia can range from moderate to severe and is usually accompanied by breast tenderness, oedema, swelling, and a feeling of tightness in the breasts and nodularity.

Despite the fact that many women fear that breast pain may be associated with breast cancer, it is not usually a common symptom.

However, you should always go to the doctor for breast pain that does not go away, occurs in a specific area of the breast, seems to worsen over time, or interferes with daily activities.

Cyclical mastodynia: symptoms

The symptoms of cyclic mastodynia are as follows:

Non-cyclical mastodynia: symptoms

Noncyclical mastodynia refers to the following symptoms:

Tips to prevent mastodynia

To prevent breast pain in the days before menstruation it is advisable to follow this advice:


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