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Breast Problems - Prevention

To prevent breast tenderness, discomfort, or pain (mastalgia), follow these tips:

  • Wear a sports bra during exercise. A sports bra may prevent breast discomfort, pain, and injury during exercise or sports. It is important that the sports bra fit properly. It should keep the breasts almost motionless and allow them to move together with the chest, not separately. Be sure to replace your sports bra as the material stretches and become less supportive. A sports bra may need to be replaced every 6 months if it is used regularly.
  • Limit your salt intake. High salt intake may cause fluid retention. Fluid retention may be the cause of premenstrual breast tenderness.

To prevent nipple irritation during exercise:

  • Cover your nipple with a small bandage or a dab of petroleum jelly before you exercise.
  • Wear a sports bra that fits you properly. Avoid sports bras that are lined with cotton.
  • Avoid exercising in cold temperatures.
  • Wear a vest or jacket made from fabric that blocks the wind.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 13, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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