Many women experience changes in breast size due to their menstrual cycles or PMS. Breast will often become painful or lumpy causing discomfort. The changes that occur can cause some women to have concern that the breast changes could be cancer. However, doctors have reassured women that those lumpy and painful changes are related to the hormone changes that occur during menstrual cycle. The best time to check for lumps not associated with your menstrual cycle is after your period not right before or during your menstrual cycle.
There are some natural treatments that women can do to relieve the discomfort of breast changes that occur during that time of the month. The first treatment is to eat less fat in your diet. High fat food raise estrogen levels and excess estrogen can cause the buildup of fluid and cellular tissue in the breast leading to lumps and pain. Eating less high fat food, less dairy products, and easing up on red meat can help relieve discomfort of breast changes. The next treatment is to balance your estrogen levels by eating soy. Soy can be found in tofu, soymilk, soy nuts, and other sources. Soy contains natural estrogen, which balances the excess estrogen in the body.
Increasing your fiber intake releases excess estrogen from your body. Eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans will eliminate excessive estrogen in the body relieving you of the discomfort related to breast changes. Some more natural treatments to relieve discomfort of breast changes include the following. Iodine blocks estrogen. Sea vegetables such as kelp, wakame, and kombu are the best sources of iodine. Reducing your caffeine intake a week before your period can help relieve breast tenderness. Taking 400 iu of Vitamin E twice a day can help regulate estrogen. Evening primrose oil will help alleviate inflammation and helps breasts become less painful. Take 500 mg capsules in the morning and two in the evening.
To cut high levels of estrogen, use a progesterone cream called Pro-Gest. Massage the cream on your breast, abdomen, and thighs on a daily basis. It can take a couple of cycles before you notice any changes. The last natural treatment you can include to relieve discomfort of breast changes is to massage the breast. Don’t press or massage hard when you come across a lump because you can irritate the tissue. Gently massage your breast in a circular motion. These natural treatment methods will help relieve the pain and swelling of breast changes during the menstrual cycle that leads to discomfort.