You know how PMS goes – you notice your back hurts, your stomach is cramping and your breasts = OUCH! Your breasts will develop at different times for different body types. You may have noticed some of the girls at school starting to wear bras - if so, chances are your breasts are developing too. So, what can you do about breast tenderness and sore nipples?
Step one - Make yourself comfortable by getting a bra that fits properly. Bras come in all kinds of brands, materials and sizes, so check out your local clothing store and try on a few of the different kinds. Go for comfort over the look of the bra – you might find (we did) that a great elastic bra will make you feel better than the ones with lots of lace.
Step two - If it’s your period making your boobs sore then you could use a natural Progesterone cream to help reduce water retention. A good multi-vitamin (with evening primrose oil and omega-3 added, if possible) can help make your breasts feel more normal during that time of the month. Too much caffeine or dairy can also make them worse, not better. So try and avoid coffee, milk and cheese (yeah we know; avoiding chocolates during PMS is like asking for dad’s credit card to do a little shopping… it’s not going to happen!).
Step three - If you find you’re getting nipple pain or breast tenderness, then it’s likely your body is trying to tell you to slow down and chill out. A sore nipple causes clothes to become uncomfortable, and in general, breast pain causes you to feel bleh! So maybe it’s time to just invite your bestie over to do absolutely nothing on the couch in your comfy clothes for the day, while you binge the last 2 seasons of your favourite Netflix series.
Now you know a bit about the puberty process your body is going through, you know you deserve the break. Sore breasts are something most girls go through, and it’s just part of the whole growing up process. Maybe one day you can even pass these words of wisdom to a younger relative or friend.
The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.