Right before your period, your body releases two powerful hormones, Progesterone and Oestrogen. These hormones cause your body to hang on to water, especially around your chest area. The pain and sensitivity might be worse during the 7 days right before your period. If other parts of your body also start to swell (like your fingers, ankles etc) then you can be fairly confident that this tenderness is because of your menstrual cycle. If the swelling doesn't stop, you should schedule an appointment with the doc.
One of the times that your breasts might feel most painful is when they are starting to develop. Your body is chock-a-block full of hormones that are released during puberty and one of these hormones (Progestin) has a tendency to make your breasts feel not so cool. Right by where your nipple is, you might also feel a small lump, this is known as the ‘breast bud’ and is just your breast getting itself ready to grow. Your skin may feel itchy and irritated around the chest area, which is the skin adjusting to the changes in your body. Some girls find a moisturiser that has Vitamin E or Aloe Vera helps soothe the irritation.
You might feel uncomfortable during this part of your development, so talk to women who you trust about what’s going down in your bod. Get your mum or your bestie to come with you to get the right size bra fitted (this will make your breasts feel more comfortable and better supported) and if you get a bit blue about it all remember the tenderness in your breasts will go away just as quickly as it came.
The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.