Although menopause eliminates the breast pain and swelling
associated with menstrual periods, that doesn't mean that breast pain
disappears forever, reports the July issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch.
pain unrelated to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle can raise
fears of breast cancer—at any age. Fortunately, cancer is seldom the
cause. Harvard Women's Health Watch says that noncyclical breast pain
is more likely a symptom of one of these conditions:
Harvard Women's Health Watch
reports that treatments include ice packs, warm compresses, massage,
and occasional use of pain relievers. Many women report relief from
avoiding nicotine and caffeine. Some research has shown that a
very-low-fat diet (15%–20% of daily calories from fat) can reduce
breast tenderness and swelling.
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