There are two kinds of breast pain – cyclical and non-cyclical. Cyclical breast pain relates to menstruation. If you are experiencing breast pain, you can see an experienced doctor at our private GP practice to discuss diagnosis and management. Many cases are considered “idiopathic”, or without a clear cause. However, pain in one or two breasts may be caused by other conditions so it is important to see medical advice if you are experiencing this. Our experienced GPs will examine you and recommend next steps to diagnosis. Consultations with breast specialists can also be arranged at your convenience.
Non-cyclical breast pain:
This is breast pain not linked to your menstrual cycle.
• Mastitis – this is often related to breastfeeding and causes the tissue of the breast to become swollen and painful
• Breast lumps
• Breast abscess – this is a collection of pus that forms in the breast
• Certain medications can cause breast pain
Cyclical breast pain:
This is pain in the breasts that is linked to your menstrual cycle. It can vary from a dull ache to a stabbing sensation. Most women with this condition experience this 1 – 3 days before the start of their period and it improves by the end of the period.