Even when the ovaries have not been removed, it is common for patients to experience breast pain for several days following their surgery. This pain is usually due to imbalances in the body’s hormones.
If the ovaries have not been removed, then breast pain can indicate that they are in fact functioning normally. Estrogen levels fluctuate naturally throughout the month, and, when they are at their peak, breast pain is often the result. However, persistent or unusual breast pain can indicate that your ovaries aren’t functioning properly. When removing the uterus, the ovarian blood supply can be interrupted, which makes them work less efficiently. Hormonal imbalance and breast pain can occur as a result until a new blood supply is established.
One the other hand, when the ovaries are removed, hormones can remain in your system for a while, in residual levels. As they steadily wan, you may encounter symptoms of imbalanced hormones, including breast pain. Therefore, finding the appropriate hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, can help to decrease the pain in your breasts. However, establishing correct hormone levels is complicated. Too much or too little estrogen can cause breast pain, in addition to the breast tissues responding to the estrogen found in your HRT. As a result, it can take some trial and error, as well as patience, to find the right HRT to deal with your symptoms.
In many instances, women use hormonal therapies before their surgery, which may have minimized the breast pain that is often caused by PMS, or premenstrual syndrome. Once the surgery is complete, however, and the hormonal therapy has been stopped, these women may suffer breast pain as a result of PMS. Most people find that, over time, these discomforts decrease.
Breast Pain After Hysterectomy : Treatment Options
Managing breast pain, fortunately, has many different treatment options. Following the surgery, for the first few months, it can be wise to wait and see if the pain fades on its own, as your body internally adjusts. During this waiting period, cool compresses, heating pads, and even over the counter oral or topical meds can be a big and improvement. In addition, wearing a comfortable, well-fitting bra goes a long way to improve breast comfort.
However, if you find that the pain continues into the long term, making sure your hormones are balanced is important. Some ways to do this include talking to your doctor about natural progesterone cream, supplementing with Vitamins E and/or B6, adding or avoiding soy products, and staying away from caffeine. Some women also find a low dose birth control effective.
All and all, breast pain is usually only temporary after a hysterectomy, but still do not hesitate to consult with your doctor concerning what symptoms and options you have. By keeping a detailed diary of your symptoms, you can help yourself and your medical professionals best determine the cause of you pain, and, therefore, how to treat it.