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Premenstrual tenderness and swelling of the breasts; Breast tenderness - premenstrual; Breast swelling - premenstrual
Self-care tips include:
Eating a lower fat diet
Avoiding caffeine (coffee, tea, and chocolate)
Avoiding salt 1 - 2 weeks before your period starts
Getting vigorous exercise every day
You should perform a breast self-examination every month.
A well-fitting bra should be worn day and night to provide good breast support.
The effectiveness of vitamin E, vitamin B6, and herbal preparations such as evening primrose oil are somewhat controversial and should be discussed with your health care provider.
Birth control pills may be prescribed to decrease symptoms.
Diuretics (water pills) taken in the premenstrual phase may reduce breast swelling and tenderness.
A prescription medicine called Depo-Provera is available for those who experience premenstrual breast swelling and tenderness. This d...
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