Painful or sore breasts will occur in many women at some point in their lives, any time from puberty right through to after menopause.
Sore breasts and nipples are a common problem for many women. They can occur in women of almost any age and there are various different causes of breast pain and swollen, lumpy breasts. If you ever felt embarrassed about having severe pain in your breasts, don’t be. You’re in very good company.
Types of sore breasts
Breast pain can usually be divided into two groups:
- Cyclical breast pain – this tends to occur every month at around the same time in your menstrual cycle
- Non-cyclical breast pain – this type of breast pain occurs at any time and is not related to the menstrual cycle.
Causes of sore breasts and swollen nipples
Ultimately, what actually makes the breasts sore and swollen is too much water in the breast tissue. This causes the pressure and stretching of the breast tissue which causes pain. This accumulation of water, also known as water retention, also causes the bloating you may feel when you have painful swollen breasts.