To prevent breast tenderness, discomfort,
or pain (mastalgia), follow these tips:
- Wear a sports bra during exercise. A sports bra may prevent breast discomfort, pain, and injury
during exercise or sports. It is important that the sports bra fit properly. It
should keep the breasts almost motionless and allow them to move together with
the chest, not separately. Be sure to replace your sports bra as the
material stretches and become less supportive. A sports bra may need to be
replaced every 6 months if it is used regularly.
- Limit your salt intake. High salt intake may cause fluid
retention. Fluid retention may be the cause of premenstrual breast
To prevent nipple irritation during exercise:
- Cover your nipple with a small bandage or a dab
of petroleum jelly before you exercise.
- Wear a sports bra that fits
you properly. Avoid sports bras that are lined with cotton.
exercising in cold temperatures.
- Wear a vest or jacket made from
fabric that blocks the wind.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
September 9, 2011
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