One of the most common reasons for breast pain is wearing a bra that doesn’t fit well. Many women wear a bra that is the wrong size. Wearing a bra that fits you well and has good support can help relieve and prevent breast pain. Some stores that sell bras can help you find a bra that fits you best. You can try wearing a bra without underwire or a sports bra, to see if you have less pain. If the pain wakes you at night, try wearing a sports bra to bed.
For a bra to support you well, it needs to fit properly. Make sure that your bra is comfortable and that the:
Before measuring your bra size, lean forward and let your breasts fall into the bra cups before fastening. Measure your chest (in inches) above the breasts, and under the armpit. Measure next around the nipple line and compare to the first measurement. The difference between the measurements helps you find the cup size:
If this way of measuring doesn’t help you find your cup size, ask for help at a store that sells bras.
Current as of: July 9, 2018
Author: Women’s Health, Alberta Health Services
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