Breast Pain: Types, Causes & Treatments
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What causes breast pain? 9 possible conditions

The breasts develop due to an increase in estrogen during puberty. During the menstrual cycle, various hormones cause changes in breast tissue that can lead to pain or discomfort in some women. While breasts do not typically hurt, occasional breast pain is... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Pregnancy

Bleeding or spotting, increased need to urinate, tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, and missed period are signs of pregnancy.

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2

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

PMS symptoms start five to 11 days before menstruation and typically go away once menstruation begins. The cause of PMS is unknown.

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3

Menopause

Menopause is a natural biological process in women that marks the permanent end of menstruation and fertility. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness or pain, and frequent urination are signs.

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4

Breast Cancer Overview

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women (after skin cancer), and can affect a number of different parts of the breasts.

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5

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Fibrocystic breast disease, commonly called fibrocystic breasts or fibrocystic change, is a benign condition in which a woman has painful lumps in her breasts.

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6

Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection of the ducts of the breast. It usually only occurs in women who are breastfeeding their babies.

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7

Intraductal Papilloma

An intraductal papilloma is a noncancerous breast tumor that forms in a milk duct. Learn about intraductal papilloma symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

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8

Teenage Pregnancy

Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy in a woman 19 years of age or younger. A woman can get pregnant if she has vaginal sex with a man at any age after she has started having regular monthly periods. Some signs of pregnanc...

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9

Ectopic Pregnancy

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fertilized egg fails to attach to the uterus. In most ectopic pregnancies, the egg will attach to the fallopian tubes. Less common, it may also attach to the abdominal cavity or cervix...

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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