The texture, feel and density differ characteristically from one woman to the next, and there is a wide range of normal breast texture characteristics. Generally, in the later years of life, breast tends to have more fatty tissues, compared to the years or time preceding menopause. Furthermore, younger women have firmer and lumpier with a lot less fat in their breasts than they do in their later years; this is due to the presence of more tissue. In the course of life, and sometimes just before the menstrual cycle, fluid-filled cysts or fibrous areas can develop in the breast of some women, this can feel very tender and sore and may occur randomly and occasionally before each menstrual cycle. While it is normal for a large number of women to feel some sort of discomfort in the breast at some stage in their life, others are afflicted with discomfort and pain in the breast that can be very distressing and painful, interfering with and disturbing the day to day life and normal activities of the woman concerned.
The term fibrocystic breast disease has been medically applied to any form of breast discomfort that occurs as a premenstrual change. However breast cancer is not the natural outcome of this "disease" since fibrocystic breast are not considered a threat to health and are rather normal developments in most women, it also does not necessarily predispose one to breast cancer. On the other hand lumpiness in the breasts can hide cancerous growth and make the detection of tumors difficult, the lumpiness in itself being normal and quite harmless. Those lumps that change position with every menstrual cycle are considered normal and they are distinguishable from cancerous growths due to the fact that they can move about freely in the breast of the woman concerned.
Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle are responsible for the rise of fibrocystic changes in the breast of women, the rising and lowering of different female hormones is linked inextricably to the formation of lumps and reflect these hormonal changes. The production of high levels of the hormone estrogen at the same time a lowered volume of the hormone progesterone after ovulation in some women, means that such women have greater chances of developing fibrocystic breast and are much more likely to have lumpy breast. Prolactin hormone production zooms up if this particular state of high estrogen and low progesterone production coincide in a woman. This has important effects in that, while prolactin is the mild secretion-inducing hormone in lactating mothers, it simply increases breast tenderness in women who are not otherwise breast-feeding a child and thus, this hormone is also linked to fibrocystic breast.
Substances such as caffeine have been suspected by researchers to have some stimulatory effect on the growth of lumps or the development of fluid filled breast cysts. This is because women who stopped using caffeine showed a reduction in the tenderness of the breast. However this is disputed by other experts who see no conclusive and substantial evidence between breast tenderness in women and the causative effects of caffeine with regard to this.
Supplements and herbs
Expect results from using the supplements below in one to two months time, these supplements can be combined in any manner you prefer. The essential vitamin E has some ability in reducing breast discomfort in some women; some women who have used it have confirmed this fact. The vitamin may possible be active in blocking the changes in breast tissue induced by caffeine, so some experts suggest, however the actual and underlying functions and properties of the vitamin are as yet unknown.
The chaste berry herb can be effective in bringing down the rate of incidence of menstrual-related changes in the breast; this is because of its property to restore the normal parity and levels of the two female hormones estrogen and progesterone in the body. Breast tenderness can also be treated through supplementation with the essential fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds aid in the absorption of iodine into the body, fibrocystic breasts have been known to have very low levels of the mineral iodine. The pain and inflammation in the affected breast may also be reduced through supplementation with the essential mineral magnesium. Excess estrogen is processed in the liver, the vitamin B6 is possibly linked to this process, and in addition for women experiencing the symptoms of PMS along with breast pain can also be benefited through supplementation with the vitamin.
Additional things you may do
You can try avoiding caffeine altogether in your diet and observe if it has any results. Many products and beverages contain caffeine in some amount, these include the main sources of the alkaloid which are tea and coffee, the compound also finds use in confectioneries and chocolates, many carbonated drinks and colas, and in certain commonly available drugs and medicines. Avoiding caffeine therefore may be difficult, however if you are patient, it may take as much as six months to see results from the elimination of caffeine in your diet. When the tenderness in your breast increases, utilize a good supportive brassiere for extra comfort.
- Chaste berry (Vitex), 225 mg standardized extract with 0.5% agnuside, every morning.
- Vitamin B6, 100 mg two times daily for a week. This amount should be taken the week before menstruation.
- Vitamin E, 400 IU two times daily. If you are on anticoagulant medications, check with your doctor.
- Magnesium, 600 mg daily. Take with meal. If diarrhea develops, reduce the dose.
- Essential fatty acids, 1,000 mg evening primrose oil thrice daily or 1,000 mg borage oil daily, and one tbsp. linseed oil daily.