Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Home Remedy for Mastalgia

Changes in woman’s breast are common. It starts from the puberty stage where a woman begins to develop breasts menstruating, throughout life, women may experience numerous kinds of breast pain some breast changes.

Some of these changes normally occur during the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, and with aging. Breast lumps, tenderness, and other changes may occur. Most breast lumps and other changes are not cancer.

Mastalgia is also called breast tenderness. Most of the women who are experiencing such condition are in the process of menopausal. If a certain woman is not from menopausal stage, the said condition associates with monthly menstrual period.

Symptoms of Mastalgia

Mastalgia may be cyclic, noncyclic or extramammary. Cyclic breast pain occurs and clearly related to the menstrual cycle. Noncyclic breast pain is constant pain or intermittent pain not related to the menstrual cycle. Extramammary breast pain arises from a source other than the breast, such as muscles in the chest wall, but it may feel like it’s originating in the breast.

Cyclic Mastalgia affects women who are in their 30s or 40s while noncyclic Mastalgia affects women who are in there 40s or 50s and who are postmenopausal.

Causes of Mastalgia

One to two weeks before a woman’s menstrual period, the breasts start to hurt until the period begins, this kind of discomfort gradually subsides, and most likely to occur again for the next menstrual cycle.
While for some degree of Mastalgia is normal. The discomfort may be caused by hormonal changes due to:

  • Pregnancy — breast tenderness tends to be more common during the first trimester and in women who are pregnant at a young age
  • Puberty — in both girls and boys
  • Breast feeding
  • Menopause — if menstrual periods have completely stopped, breast tenderness often goes away unless the person is taking hormone replacement.

Other common causes of breast pain include:

  • Alcoholism with liver damage
  • Fibrocystic breast changes
  • Injury
  • Mastitis
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Treatments / Home Remedies for Mastalgia

Primrose oil:
Rub it in and around the breast, it helps to reduce pain.

Castor oil:
Rub it in and around the breast, helps in reducing pain

Vitamin E:
Daily dose of supplement in tablet form

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