11 common causes of breast pain

Tender or swollen breasts are usually related to the hormonal changes that take place before a period. Photo: Pexels

(Mary West/ Medical News Today) — Breast pain, or mastalgia, is very common. It has many possible causes, including hormonal changes, an incorrect bra fit, and infections. In some cases, it is due to referred pain that comes from other areas of the body, such as the back or neck.

Pain in the breast affects approximately two-thirds of females during their reproductive years, and it is one of the most frequent complaints of those aged 15–40 years.

Breast pain is not commonly a symptom of breast cancer, but if a person has pain alongside other breast changes, such as a lump or discharge, they should speak with a doctor.

Keep reading to learn more about some of the possible causes of breast pain and get tips on how to manage this symptom. (…)