How to Manage Fibrocystic Breast Changes Naturally

Once believed to be a disease, fibrocystic breast changes occur for more than half of women and are now considered “normal.” But these normal changes can be a nuisance. And what’s so normal about changes that can be prevented, stopped or reversed? If you deal with monthly changes in your breast tissue, then know that there are all-natural ways to reduce discomfort or all-together stop these changes.

What are fibrocystic breast changes?

Doctors label glandular or nodular breast tissue as fibrocystic, which means your breasts feel lumpy. Lumps vary in size and firmness and fluctuate with your cycle. Besides a lumpy texture, you may experience tenderness or even pain that increases from mid-cycle to the start of your period. And some women have green or dark brown nipple discharge. These changes are usually apparent in both breasts.

Women between the ages of 20 and 50 are more likely to have fibrocystic breasts due to the cycle of hormones. Post-menopausal women are unlikely to experience these changes unless they’re on hormone replacement therapy. As you can see, the connection between hormones and fibrocystic breasts is strong. So when it comes to managing these changes it’s best to take steps towards balanced hormones.

How to manage fibrocystic breast changes

Iodine

Iodine plays a key role in eliminating excess estrogen from breast tissue. In the absence of iodine, breast tissue attracts estrogen which in turn produces micro cysts with high levels of potassium. It is believed that the potassium irritates the tissue which leads to fibrosis and full cyst formation. The absence of iodine in American diets has dropped by 50 percent since the 1970s. Research shows that daily intake of molecular iodine significantly improves these monthly breast changes.

Related: Are You Getting Enough Iodine in Your Diet?

Evening Primrose Oil

This oil comes from the seed of the evening primrose plant and has been touted as a therapy for many ailments. Although not conclusive, some studies suggest that evening primrose oil can help to alleviate breast pain. It’s not known to cause instant relief but may be effective for you when taken over a period of time. It’s a safe supplement for most people when taken for short periods of time. Always talk with your doctor first before taking any new supplement if you’re pregnant or have other health conditions or concerns.

Diet

Adjusting your diet seems to be the number one solution for more and more health concerns these days. But as Hippocrates said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” Our hormones are sensitive to the foods we consume each and every day. When you’re constantly consuming processed, high-carb, high-sugar and low-nutrient-dense foods your body has no other way to respond than by over-secreting insulin. At the same time, your entire endocrine and hormone system fluctuate out of whack, which can be devastating for some women. According to Alisa Vitta, a functional nutritionist and women’s hormone expert, diet and nutrition is the number one way to balance your hormones and quell PMS, PCOS and other cycle and female organ related concerns.

Although fibrocystic changes are now “normal,” there’s no reason you have to put up with hormonal imbalances and their related symptoms. Learn to decipher the language of your body and respond in kind with appropriate, all-natural measures and remedies.

Note: Any define lump in your breast tissue shouldn’t be assumed to be a cyst. Always visit your healthcare provider to rule out other concerns.

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Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

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natasha p
Past Member 6 months ago

I take primrose oil.

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Hannah K
Hannah K6 months ago

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Carole R
Carole R7 months ago

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Marc P
Marc P7 months ago

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Maureen G
Maureen G7 months ago

Thank you for this article

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Winn A
Winn A7 months ago

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Winn A
Winn A7 months ago

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Cathy B
Cathy B7 months ago

Informative. Thank you.

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Lisa M
Lisa M7 months ago

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