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Most common reasons for sore boobs

How many times have you gotten home at the end of the day and all you can feel is sore breasts and a sore back? Many women will feel pain in the breasts and surrounding areas at some point in their lives. There are many different reasons for this. It can be something medical that needs attention. Or it could be something as simple as the way you are wearing your clothes and bras. Some are an easy fix, whilst others may require you to go and get checked out. See below some of the most common causes for sore boobs.

Incorrect bra size

One of the most common causes of sore boobs is that the bras that you are wearing are not correctly fitted to your size. This can result in pain in the breasts themselves, in the back and also the shoulders.

Wearing a bra that is too small can cause pain due to the restriction on the breasts and them becoming tight and sore. If your bra is too large you are not getting the proper support around the breasts and this can also bring pain and discomfort with it.

Getting your bras properly fitted means that they will support you in all the right places and give you pain-free days.


Another reason that you can develop breast pain is due to their being a lump or cyst in the breast tissue. There are many different types of lumps that can develop in the breasts, so please don’t think cancer straight away.

If you find that you have a lump, it is best to get it checked out asap to ensure that it is nothing serious. Some of these concerns can be fixed with antibiotics if it has been caused by an infection. Others may require biopsies and possibly surgical removal.

Finding a lump in your breasts can be scary, so take a support person with you to the doctors if it will help you feel more positive.


There are certain medications that can also contribute to pain in the breasts and surrounding areas. These can be side effects that are known or it could be something completely new.

Medications that have hormones in them, such as the contraceptive pill can cause pain in the breast tissue and muscle. This is due to altering the hormone levels in your body.

If you are on medication and start to notice pain in your breasts, speak to your doctor as soon as you can. They can evaluate the situation and recommend a different medication if possible.

Menstrual Cycle

Have you noticed that your breasts are tender or sore when that time of the month is coming?

This is a common cause of breast pain for a lot of women. During our menstrual cycles, our hormones are changing and playing havoc on our bodies. Because of this, it can cause tenderness and pain across different parts of the body. The breasts are normally one of the hard-hit areas that get this tenderness.

Breast Surgery

If you have had surgery on your breasts, whether it was for the removal of a lump or an implant – this can cause ongoing pain. This is because there is scar tissue under the skin of the breasts. This can become tight and cause pain in certain movements.

Unfortunately other than making sure your breasts are well supported, there is not much that can be done for this.

Breast pain is not something that you should have to live through. If you are experiencing soreness or pain, it is important to get checked out as soon as you can. It is better to be safe than sorry.

In the meantime, to help avoid unnecessary pain make sure that you are wearing well-fitted bras and clothing. By doing this you are able to eliminate pain that is caused by clothing and it can prevent unnecessary pain from occurring.

Choose a bra that fits well in both the cup size and also the sizing around the back and shoulders. If you are looking to use a push-up bra, get the correct size and don’t try to get one tighter in order to create a higher push. This can be achieved with a good bra and good sizing.