Lifestyle and home remedies
Many people with lumpy breast pain find that they only need at-home care during the week before their period. Use these options to care for mild lumpy breast pain at home:
- Choose a well-fitting, supportive bra.
- Use ice packs or a warm compress to ease cyclical discomfort.
- Try reducing your caffeine, sodium or saturated fat intake to see if you notice an improvement in your symptoms.
Medications and supplements
Both over-the-counter medications and prescription medications can help treat fibrocystic breast changes. Try over-the-counter pain relievers, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Others report that taking an essential fatty acid supplement, evening primrose oil or vitamin E makes a difference in their discomfort. Consult with your doctor to determine the right medications or supplements for you.
If these don’t help, talk to your doctor about whether birth control pills could help reduce your symptoms by stabilizing hormones during your cycle.
Very rarely, surgery is used as a treatment for fibrocystic breast changes. If you have a large cystic lump that doesn’t respond to other treatments, surgery to remove the lump, called a breast excision, is an option. This type of surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Your doctor can walk you through what to expect if surgery is recommended.