At least 70% of women have experienced breast pain at some point in their lives.
Painful, tender swollen or sensitive breasts or nipples are extremely common in the lead-up to your period.
Although it can occur at any point of the cycle, sore boobs tend to happen around 7-14 days before your period starts, after you have ovulated and your hormonal landscape changes in preparation for a potential pregnancy.
I have had clients tell me they have to entirely stop their exercise routines in the week or two before their period because the pain in their breasts is so severe.
Other women have told me they go up an entire cup size before their period and can’t wear their regular bras or lay on their stomachs.
Ladies, these changes in your breasts are common but they aren’t normal.
They are a sign of an underlying hormonal imbalance and/or nutritional deficiency.
According to Dr Jerilynn Prior, a professor of endocrinology at the University of British Columbia, premenstrual breast pain that is felt on the front of your breasts and over the nipples is a sign of excess estrogen.
Estrogen strongly stimulates the development of milk ducts in our breasts in preparation for potential pregnancy.
After ovulation, estrogen levels are designed to drop down while progesterone takes the stage until our period.
In the right levels, progesterone has a balancing on estrogen and prevents many symptoms like PMS and breast pain.
When we have issues with excess estrogen, or when progesterone is low in comparison, breast pain is often increased and may cause swelling and nipple tenderness.
One of iodine’s main roles is to make cells less sensitive to estrogen.
This is good news for your breasts because iodine helps to lessen the breast swelling and sensitivity associated with increased estrogen.
So as you can see, breast pain is often a combination of excess estrogen and iodine deficiency and often requires a two-prong approach.
If you suspect you may be suffering from estrogen excess, take my free quiz to find out how to begin addressing your symptoms with my personalised hormone-balancing report.
If you suspect iodine deficiency (Remember: it is possible to have both estrogen excess and iodine deficiency!) read on...
Iodine deficiency is relatively common even in countries that fortify foods like salt and bread with iodine to address this public health issue.
Because these days, many of us on a quest to “eat clean” have stopped eating processed bread products and opted for fancy Himalayan or Celtic salt, which while richer in minerals than table salt, does not contain iodine.
Testing for iodine deficiency is difficult as the results are not highly accurate at identifying deficiency however can be a good starting point to determine if supplementation may be appropriate for you.
Iodine supplementation is one of the most controversial topics in the natural health world.
If you suffer from a thyroid condition like Hashimotos, Graves Disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or goitre, there is some research to suggest that iodine supplementation (particularly in high doses) may trigger or worsen thyroid conditions.
If this is you, or you have a family history of thyroid disorders, please visit your primary health care provider before beginning iodine supplementation.
Your doctor will be able to order testing to check your thyroid function as well as iodine status (to see if you are deficient).
If you have no history of thyroid disorders and do choose to try supplementing iodine, start with very low doses and go slow to be on the safer side.
If you have any concerns, please also visit your primary health care provider for advice.
Selenium has been shown to protect the thyroid from damage from excess iodine, so when supplementing iodine consider around 100mg of selenium as well.
Cyclic breast pain is very common and often triggered by an underlying iodine deficiency and/or estrogen excess scenario.
In a very small number of cases, breast pain may be a sign of something more sinister.
If your breasts feel lumpy, the pain isn’t going away or you have any other concerns please visit your primary healthcare practitioner for further advice.
What Have Your Experiences With Premenstrual Breast Pain Been?
Have You Ever Tried Iodine Or Estrogen Balancing Solutions For Your Sore Boobs?
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