Breast Pain

Breast pain, also known as mastalgia, is a common condition that affects many women at some point in their lives. There are two main types of breast pain: cyclical and non-cyclical.

Cyclical breast pain is the most common type and is related to the menstrual cycle. It is often described as a dull ache or heaviness in the breasts and is typically felt in the days leading up to a woman's period. This type of breast pain is caused by hormonal changes in the body and is usually not a cause for concern.

Non-cyclical breast pain is less common and can occur at any time during a woman's menstrual cycle. It is usually described as a sharp, burning pain that is localized to one area of the breast. This type of breast pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury to the breast, infection, or a benign breast lump.

If you are experiencing breast pain, it is important to see your healthcare provider for an evaluation. They may perform a breast exam and order additional tests, such as a mammogram or ultrasound, to determine the cause of your pain. Depending on the underlying cause, treatment options may include over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medications, or surgery.