Unless you’ve experienced swollen, sore and tender breasts you will have no idea how painful it can be. Your breasts are huge, engorged and feel like you could pop them with a pin. You may find yourself making violent threats to anyone who looks like they might come too close, they’re just so painful.
It is common to experience premenstrual symptoms before your period starts. One of the mains signs is having painful, sore, or tender breasts; a condition called cyclical mastalgia. The pain can affect one breast or may be felt as a radiating discomfort underarm. You may find that you even need a bigger bra at this time.
Besides discomfort, perhaps the worst and worrying problem of this condition is that it can look like the appearance of breast cancer on mammograms, leading to anxiety and false alarms. However, these signs are rarely linked to breast cancer. The pain can grow from minor discomforts to severely disabling pain in other cases.
How do you treat cyclical breast pain?
One of the best natural remedies is using evening primrose oil supplements. The oil is extracted from the seed of the evening primrose plant, which as the name suggests blossoms in the evening. It has been used to remedy over 50 diseases.
Women have used evening primrose oil for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and breast pain for a long time now. Evening primrose oil contains high concentrations of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega -6 fatty acid. It has both pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Some women with breast pain might be lacking enough levels of specific fatty acids so supplementation could be extremely helpful.
A dose of 1000-2000mg of evening primrose oil with vitamin E is recommended. You may be very pleased to know that evening primrose oil is a popular remedy for hot flushes too, as well as general PMS and menopausal symptoms. Some people may see the benefits after 6-8 weeks but if your condition is more severe it could take longer.
The cause of breast pain is still somewhat unclear, and treatment for hormonal problems is not always straight-forward. Evening primrose oil is well worth a try.