The 5 Best Ways to Deal With Swollen and Achy Period Boobs, According to Ob-Gyns

By Ashley Mateo (This article originally appeared on, Sep 09, 2018

Dealing with cramps, diarrhea, and other below-the-belt period side effects are bad enough. But your menstrual cycle can be hell on your boobs as well — which explains why they feel like heavy boulders sitting on your chest even before you even start bleeding (and throughout your period, too, because of course).

“The medical term for premenstrual breast swelling and tenderness is cyclical mastalgia,” Kecia Gaither, MD, an ob-gyn, maternal-fetal medicine doctor, and the director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, tells Health. Like everything else period-related, it’s the result of normal hormonal changes.

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