She asked “what can I do about my sagging tender breasts?”.
This is an interesting question because the hormonal changes during menopause causes the breast tenderness and exacerbates the sagging of the breasts.
I use the word exacerbates, instead of causes, in connection with breast sagging, because breast sagging comes with aging….menopause just speeds it up.
In this post, I will share some information about breast sagging and then I will tell you what you can do to relieve breast tenderness.
What Can I Do About My Sagging Tender Breasts?
Here is an excerpt from an article that may help you to understand the causes of breast sagging
Sagging or drooping of breasts is a natural, inevitable process that happens to all women at some point, except to women with fairly small breasts.
The most notable sagging happens with the process called breast involution (see below), but breasts can start drooping a little at any age, because they do NOT have muscles in them. They have ligaments and connective tissue.
When the gravity pulls the breasts down, those ligaments and the skin can stretch, and so the breast then droops. This depends on the elasticity of your skin and of your ligaments, as determined by your genes and diet, and also on normal aging processes. Obviously large breasts will sag easier since the gravity is pulling them down more. When breasts bounce during active sports, such as tennis, those ligaments can also be stretched or even torn. A good sports bra can minimize that effect, and is recommendable.
Breast involution is a process where the milk-making system inside the breast shrinks because it is not needed anymore. This happens either after weaning, or right after pregnancy if the woman does not breastfeed at all, or during menopause. When the tissues inside the breast shrink, and the skin surrounding it doesn’t, the breast can look “empty” and saggy. After weaning, a woman’s body usually deposits fat back to the breast (this process takes months), so that breasts will gain their pre-pregnancy size, but sagging usually remains.
Another common cause for sagging is when a woman loses weight. When you lose weight, some of that fat disappears from your breasts. Typically the skin and the ligaments inside the breasts do not retract accordingly, resulting in an ’empty’ looking breast that then sags. (You could try prevent this by eating foods that provide extra good nutrition for your skin.)
This does not fully answer the question of “what can I do about my sagging tender breasts?”. From the excerpt it is clear that there isnt much that you can do about sagging breasts. But…there are things that you can do to relieve breast tenderness.
Breast tenderness is a common symptom during peri-menopause, when estrogen levels ebb and flow. When it spikes, it can cause breast pain or tenderness. It is almost never a problem after menopause.
While I encourage all of my patients to exercise daily and do a stress reduction activity for relief of all of their menopause symptoms, the best way to relieve breast pain or tenderness is through your diet.
Eliminate or reduce your intake of caffein and salt and foods containing salt. Caffeine affects many women by dilating vessels and stretching nerves, and many women find relief after cutting back on coffee. Salt works the same way for other women.
Also, increase your intake of fiber and green leafy vegetables. This helps to flush out excess estrogen from your body.