Painful, tender or sore breasts/ nipples- cyclic breast pain

sore breasts and tender painful nipples

Burning questions

Women keep asking me about their breasts. That sounds really strange but it’s true, I’m literally bombarded with questions about sore breasts:

  • What is the most common cause of sore breasts and nipples?
  • Why do my breasts (boobs) hurt?
  • Are tender nipples a sign of PMS?
  • Are sore breasts and nipples a sign of cancer?
  • Why do I have sensitive nipples during my period?
  • Why does one breast hurt and not the other?
  • My breasts are sore – am I pregnant?
  • Is it normal to have sore breasts with mood swings?
  • Why are my breasts sore? I’m menopausal.
  • Are sore breasts after ovulation a sign of low progesterone?
  • Can HRT cream cause breast soreness?
  • What are the causes of tender breasts and nipples apart from pregnancy?

I used to be completely baffled by this because I couldn’t understand why they didn’t ask their own doctors all these questions. When I asked them the answers I got usually went something like:

  • I felt too embarrassed to bring it up.
  • I felt silly asking him these questions.
  • He is usually in a bit of a hurry so I didn’t bother asking.
  • He said my mammogram was normal and prescribed some painkillers.
  • He said there was nothing to worry about, but I’m still worried.
  • I saw my doctor about the pain but it was a complete waste of time.

Does any of this sound familiar? I wrote this guide to sore breasts and nipples so that you can learn about breast pain at your own pace, in a relaxed environment in the comfort of your own home. You can get all the answers to the questions that have been bothering you about your breast pain in one complete guide, without feeling rushed, pressured or embarrassed. But even more than that, the detailed step-by-step program in this book will help you heal your breasts and your whole body as well.


  1. I’m 42 and I finished my period 10 days ago and my breasts and nipples are extremely sore. It hurts to put on a bra and is worse if I wear a t-shirt without a bra. I am only an A cup so I know the problem isn’t that I’m too big. I started having cramps about four days ago and am on the pill so I’m sure I’m not pregnant. I get sore from time to time but never like this. Any ideas?

  2. As we say in medicine “Never say never.” Nothing is impossible. I hate trying to play God so I can’t really speculate as to whether you’re pregnant or not. There’s no point punishing yourself. The sooner you find out if you’re pregnant or not, the better.

  3. Hello, I am 29 years old and have not had a period in about 12 years. I have had many tests done at various Drs but with every one my diagnosis has been anything from lack of hormones to menopause. I’ve been told I can get pregnant by some and that i can’t by another. My husband and I have been having unprotected sex for quite some time. About 4 days ago I started having some slight discomfort in my lower abs and just yesterday my nipples started feeling extreamly sore. I’ve also been gettin lightheaded from time to time. I’m afraid to take pregnancy test due to being let down so many times in the past. What do you think my chances are that I could be pregnant?

  4. Hi Michelle. Wow, you seem to be having a tough time. It’s a little too early to know if you’re pregnant, but it is unlikely, though not impossible. Tying of the tubes has been known to fail. That said, you really need to see your doctor for a check up. Difficult to be sure what’s going on without an examination.

    • I just turned 40 in April and I had my tubes tied almost 18 yrs ago,starting yesterday I’ve noticed just my nipples are very sore, not my breast at all just the nipples, I am going through Perimenopause my doctor told me, I have noticed since last month which was April that I’m an emotional wreck, getting teary eyes and now I’m getting strange bubble burps something like acid refulx, my question is, is this all from Perimenopause if so OMG I HATE IT””my doctor is away on vacation so I can’t ask him, I need some feedbacks, thanks for your time.

  5. hi
    i have had a breast scan and i donot have cancer,but i have sists many of them.i had claped my tubes 6yrs ago.Now my nipples are vey sore,i feel off colour and my back is so last period was 20/12/07,they have been sore for about 2wks and my breast every morning feel like someone had punched them,i craved icecream 2day.i was consturpated for 3days,could i be pregnant or what is wrong pls help.


    • Hi, I’m havin the same problem . I had my tubes claped 9 yrs.ago . I hav clear and a yellowish discharge come from my breast . Did u ever find out what ur problem was ? If so reply as soon possible . Thanks alot !!

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