Also called cyclic mastalgia, this type of breast pain is linked to our menstrual cycle, and the way in which our reproductive hormone levels change. It is related to the monthly rise and fall in the estrogen and progesterone levels, making this pain appear and disappear cyclically. This kind of cyclical breast pain that occurs every month is rarely ever a symptom of breast cancer, and usually subsides on its own once menstruation begins. This type of breast pain is not linked to your menstrual cycle and does appear to grow or subside with your period. In such cases, the breast soreness can be constant or intermittent, and feels more like a tight, burning or sharp pain, instead of the dull ache and heaviness usually associated with cyclical pain.
From hormones to bad bras, there are several possibilities behind breast pain and tender breasts. Learn more about common causes and what to do about it. Is it a feature of your menstrual cycle, a sign you need to go bra shopping or something more serious? Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center.
If you have large breasts — whether they started out that way, or they got very big during pregnancy and the first few weeks postpartum — you may have some concerns about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding with large breasts can be more difficult for first-time moms. All of these concerns are normal.
Gigantomastia is a rare condition that causes excessive growth of the female breasts. Only a couple hundred cases have been reported in the medical literature. The exact cause of gigantomastia isn't known. The condition can occur randomly, but it has also been seen to occur during puberty, pregnancy, or after taking certain medications. It doesn't occur in men.