Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

You might find relief from symptoms of fibrocystic breasts through one of these home remedies:

  • Wear a firm support bra, fitted by a professional, if possible.
  • Wear a sports bra during exercise and while sleeping, especially when your breasts are extra sensitive.
  • Limit or avoid caffeine, a dietary change many women report as helpful, although medical studies of caffeine's effect on breast pain and other premenstrual symptoms have been inconclusive.
  • Decrease the fat in your diet, which may decrease breast pain or discomfort associated with fibrocystic breasts.
  • Reduce or stop taking hormone therapy if you're postmenopausal — but be sure to talk to your doctor before making any change in your prescription medications.
  • Use a heating pad or warm water bottle to relieve your discomfort.
March 12, 2016
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