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):
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Liver Congestion
  • Stress
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • PMS H
  • Low Progesterone
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Mineral Need

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:
darker/redder skin color
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
angry/hostile disposition
difficulty conceiving children
being able to stay up late
history of asthma
history of sinusitis
very early puberty onset
regular runny nose
pear-shaped body when overweight
poor mental clarity
itchy skin
... 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 90% Confirm
Hormone Imbalance 27% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 15% Unlikely
Mineral Need 1% Ruled out
Stress 1% Ruled out
PMS H 0% Ruled out
Low Progesterone 0% Ruled out
Liver Congestion 0% 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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