Menstrual Cycle Breast Soreness

What Causes Breast Soreness During Menstruation?

Breast soreness during menstruation can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose breast soreness during menstruation, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "breast soreness during menstruation" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities (more below):
  • PMS H
  • Progesterone Excess
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Low Progesterone
  • Mineral Need
  • Liver Congestion
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high diastolic blood pressure
being a "night person"
history of hemorrhoids
very slow recovery from colds/flu
liver/gallbladder cleanses help
hyperactivity
menopausal arthritis
pain medication use
inability to work under pressure
no difficulty waking up
moderate alcohol consumption
slight stiff neck
... and more than 160 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of breast soreness during menstruation:
Cause Probability Status
Fibrocystic Breast Disease 98% Confirm
Low Progesterone 25% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 21% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 4% Ruled out
PMS H 1% Ruled out
Mineral Need 1% Ruled out
Progesterone Excess 1% Ruled out
Stress 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate being premenopausal or being perimenopausal, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you experience breast tenderness, soreness or swelling associated with your cycle?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ In the past only
→ Mild
→ Moderate
→ Major
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either past breast soreness during cycle or breast soreness during cycle, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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