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Why Do My Breasts Hurt During Menopause?

menopause, menopausal breast pain, midlife, midlife women

You might guess the lady above is thinking poetic marble lady thoughts.


She’s in a grump because her top hurts.

She hasn’t had a period for over two years, but the other day her top starting hurting like it did in her PMS days.

And so our marbled friend, while pleased about her hair and her complexion, is in a stew about the state of her boobs.

Same thing happened to my in the flesh human friend.

“To my surprise,” she wrote to me,  ”2 years after no menstrual cycles, I was struck with breast tenderness! It scared me at first but then I quickly realized the all too familiar sensation. Yikes. It was a not so gentle reminder that hormones are still present.”

Consult with your doctor about any breast pain, but more often than not, it’s the result of hormones.

There’s a bit of info here, on the site 34 Menopause Symptoms.

My own pain seems to get worse after a salty restaurant meal.  I’ve never been sensitive to salt, so it’s taken me a while to figure this out.

They do say a good bra can help, although finding a good bra is a struggle in itself.

I told marble lady I’d see what we can find for her at the mall.

Now that will be an interesting shopping trip!

Anyone else experience menopausal breast pain or swelling?

Any remedies?

Any suggestions from your doctors?

Read more from Barbara Younger on her blog, Friend for the Ride

Barbara Younger

Barbara Younger's blog, A Friend for the Ride: Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster, takes an upbeat look at menopause and midlife. She welcomes guest posts! Shoot her an email at the address on her "About the Blog and Me" page. The author of over twenty books for adults and children, Barbara holds an a MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Barbara lives in a 180-year-old house in the small town of Hillsborough, North Carolina with her husband Cliff and collections of everything from dolls to Golden Books to butter boxes. She's the mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to one adorable baby boy.

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Wednesday 19th of March 2014

Make sure to only eat/drink hormone free eggs, chicken, dairy, etc. When I switched to organic milk alone at the suggestion of my doctor, it made a huge difference after a couple of weeks.


Barbara Younger

Friday 21st of March 2014


Definitely worth thinking about. Thank you!

Anne Parris

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

Barbara, getting a proper bra fitting changed my life! I go to Soma, but lots of stores will do that. I was not the size I thought I was.

Barbara Younger

Friday 21st of March 2014

Anne, Thanks! I will go to Soma this week! I've done two fittings at Nordstrom over the years and each time, the fitter insists on bras that fit so tightly I can't wear them (after paying a pretty penny for them).

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