A Breast tenderness can be explained as pain, soreness or any discomfort in the breasts. Also, breast tenderness is generally associated with swelling.
Light degree of breast tenderness is normal during menstrual periods, pregnancy and breast-feeding. It is slightly noticeable, little uncomfortable, but this symptom stabilize after those periods end. However, most women will suffer severe breast tenderness when approaching menopause (this includes during and after it).
Mammography is the most important technique to early detect breast cancer; nonetheless, women are afraid of breast tenderness.
Severe breast tenderness is very common during menopause
Breast tenderness can be caused by a combination of various factors. This is why women should know them in detail to be aware on how to face breast tenderness. However, the main cause is hormonal imbalance.
Breast Tenderness is just an indicator of the declination of estrogen hormones that menopause produces. These changes result in a hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and cause Breast Tenderness. Therefore, the best and most effective way to treat Breast Tenderness is to control its main cause by balancing hormonal levels.
Three approaches for the treatment of Breast Tenderness
There are three levels of treatments of Breast Tenderness:
- (1) Lifestyle Changes,
- (2) Alternative Medicine and
- (3) Drugs and Surgery.
You should always start with the least risky approach (lifestyle changes) and go on to riskier approaches (surgery/drugs) only if necessary.
The first level involves no risk but may be the hardest way to go. You'll have to change many habits of your daily life. So if you are considering this approach, you will need a strong mind and a positive thinking for managing these changes.
Nonetheless, techniques for stress reduction (e.g. yoga), a diet rich in estrogenic food (soy, alfalfa, cherries, rice, wheat and yams) or even becoming more fit by doing regular exercises, will have positive effects on the treatment of Breast Tenderness.
It's not easy to follow up this approach, that's why you might want to consider the next level of treatment, because alternative medicine is an excellent treatment for Breast Tenderness.
Alternative approaches involve little or no risk and can be considered as the safest way to treat Breast Tenderness. In this level of approach, Herbal remedies are the most effective option.
There are basically two types of herbs to treat Breast Tenderness during menopause: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs. Phytoestrogen herbs (e.g. Black Cohosh, Dong Quai) contain plant estrogens. Therefore, these herbs replace the missing estrogen; unfortunately, phytoestrogen herbs produce several side effects (like breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes) as a result from adding hormones from outside.
Unlike phytoestrogen herbs, non-estrogenic herbs don't contain any estrogen. Instead, non-estrogenic herbs nourish your hormonal glands for healthy production of your own natural hormones. This ultimately ends up in balancing overall hormones levels. Due to this, non-estrogenic herbs, like Macafem, can be considered as the safest way of natural treatment for Breast Tenderness.
Nature & Health magazine. Dr. Chacon says:
A combination of approaches is a good route to take. Lifestyle changes combined with alternative medicine will probably take care of Breast Tenderness during menopause in a more efficiently way.
Drugs & Surgery
Interventions at level 3 involve the highest risk and often the highest costs. The most common drug therapy for the treatment of Breast Tenderness in the US is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). There's no doubt that this is the quickest and strongest way to combat hormonal imbalance; unfortunately, it entails serious side effects and increases the risk of different cancer types among women.
If you still consider following this approach, take a visit to your physician, and get informed about what this treatment option involves.
Remember that these three levels of approaches are not mutually exclusive. You can use different approaches at different times or combine several at the same time. Nowadays more and more women think that the best treatment for Breast Tenderness during menopause is accomplished via a combination of healthy lifestyle and alternative treatments.