What does breast health say about your fertility? Much more than you think! We tend only to associate breasts, either with sexuality, or as baby food.
But the breasts can be a tool to identify the imbalances of the fertile cycle. The breasts being glandular organs, are very sensitive to hormones. In fact, they undergo cyclical changes in synchrony with the menstrual cycle, reflecting the changes that are happening in the uterus.
If fluid accumulates in the lining of the uterus, the same thing happens in the sinuses. When the lining of the uterus is removed, the fluid in the breasts is also removed, but the fluid is reabsorbed by the body.
Breasts are sensitive to the following hormones: estrogen, progesterone and prolactin.
Stimulation of the breasts, especially the nipples can also signal the release of the hormone that acts directly on the reproductive organs. For example, stimulation of the nipple stimulates the clitoris, indicating a release of prolactin and oxytocin, which in turn stimulates contractions of the uterus and pelvic floor muscles that surround the reproductive organs.
Changes in the breasts – a sign of a major problem?
You have to pay attention and seek help when…
“Your breasts are a vital part of the essence of being a woman, and you must learn to listen to them.” MD Christiane Northrup.
One of the major problems associated with chest health is pain, about 50% of women go to the doctor because of chest pain. Hence the importance of paying attention to the moment when this pain is given, to what is due and from when it is happening. This can give vital clues to what goes on in your body, especially in relation to nutrition levels, and the menstrual cycle.
A little pain is normal as the breast tissue swells during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle each month, but if there is an increase in sensitivity greater than normal it may be a clue about the care your body requires. Chest pain that appears and disappears with the menstrual cycle is known as cyclic mastalgia. Premenstrual chest pain is the most common pain and occurs just before menstruation due to hormonal changes that occur with the menstrual cycle.
All women retain a certain amount of fluid during the luteal phase, but in some women, a slight increase in fluids combined with hormonal changes can cause pressure and inflammation of the breast tissues. Inflammatory chemicals (prostaglandins and cytokines) that cause menstrual cramps can also cause breast pain. There are common reasons for this to happen, and you can opt for simple home remedies to prevent and relieve pain.
The common causes of cyclic mastalgia and what can be done:
Breast health is affected by low levels of iodine, which is why breast pain is normal. Iodine deficiency is the main cause of hypothyroidism, which has a great impact on fertility. Chest pain caused by iodine deficiency may signal a greater threat to reproductive function and the body in general: Thyroid health. Iodine deficiency in the United States is very common and increasing iodine intake may be all that is needed to help reduce chest pain and strengthen thyroid function. The ideal is to cover that deficit by consuming foods rich in iodine.
Foods rich in iodine: Sea vegetables (algae), blueberries, fat from organic yogurt, raw dairy products, white beans, strawberries, potatoes with everything and skin, crystal salt of the Himalayas. Table salt is often enriched with iodine, but this iodine is not natural and you should avoid that type of salt.
Note: For women diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, they should avoid consuming iodine supplements.
Estrogens without opposition
When the relationship between estrogen and progesterone allows the dominance of estrogen, breast tissues highly sensitive to estrogen can be stimulated, causing pain. The dominance of estrogen is linked to fertility problems many women face today, including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. Breast pain is very common in women with these conditions.
Stress, consumption of caffeine (coffee), more than 1 glass of alcohol per day, environmental exposure to xenoestrogens, history of contraceptive pill use, high levels of body fat, and consumption of non-organic foods have been Related factors as causes of estrogen dominance.
What to do to promote healthy balance of estrogen:
Avoid coffee or other caffeinated drinks: Studies show that caffeine boosts estrogen levels.
Phytoestrogens: Eat a variety of foods rich in phytoestrogens (ground flax seeds, red clover, dong quai and licorice roots, beans, sesame seeds).
Maintain a BMI between 19 and 24: If your BMI is higher, try to reduce it below 30 as a minimum goal.
Body fat manufactures estrogen, the more body fat a person has, the more estrogen they produce.
Avoid alcohol consumption: Just one drink of alcohol a day can increase estrogen levels, increase the risk of breast cancer and lower fertility.
Strengthen the liver: And promote hormonal balance with a detoxification.
Natural Family Planning: Instead of using hormonal medications for birth control.
Although this may not seem to be practical for everyone, it is worth taking into consideration!
DIM (Diindolylmethane) Supplements: To help the body metabolize and remove excess estrogen from the body.
Prefer organic foods: Especially meat and dairy products.
That way you avoid the chemicals and hormones that drive the dominance of estrogen.
Eating more fiber: Fiber helps eliminate excess estrogen from the body.
Foods rich in fiber are fruits, vegetables, green leafy vegetables and beans.
Exercise Regularly: Sweating promotes regular detoxification and helps maintain healthy body fat levels.
Progesterone Supplement: If estrogen dominance is a real problem, low levels of progesterone may be warranted.
The breasts are composed of fat and connective tissue. As you go through changes throughout the menstrual cycle and the cycle of fertility of the woman throughout her life, a woman may notice that the breast tissue, in general, feels full of lumps. Normally, a tumor is benign and not associated with chest or reproductive health problems. However, some tumors and benign breast cysts can be caused by hormonal imbalance, which can affect reproductive function.
Note: As a standard practice, it is suggested that if you find a lump in the breast, it should be inspected by a physician to rule out any risk of breast cancer.
Fibrocystic breast disease
Today approximately 70% of women are told they have fibrocystic breast disease. It is assumed to increase the risk of breast cancer and fibroids in the uterus. During the 70’s and 80’s a couple of studies stated that women with fibrocystic breast disease were at an increased risk of breast cancer.
A review of studies conducted in 1985 by the National Cancer Association Consensus Committee showed that between 70 and 80 percent of the cases that had been diagnosed with fibrocystic breast disease were actually normal changes within the breast, and Were not linked to an increase with breast cancer.
However, many women still believe this is true. In addition, fibrocystic changes are not associated with the development of uterine fibroids. As a woman ages the proportion of connective tissue fat changes, so it is very normal for some areas to feel denser than others. Most of all women undergo what pathologists call fibrocystic breast changes, so finding a benign fibrocystic breast lumps is quite common.
Nowadays fibrocystic breast disease has been used to describe any thickening, tenderness, or other symptoms, although all these are fairly normal changes in the breast. Some doctors believe that the term fibrocystic disease of the breast should be eliminated. This is because women are being diagnosed with having something that for most women is a normal process inside the breast.
The development of non-cancerous breast cysts is quite common due to hormonal changes throughout the menstrual cycle as well as during the life cycle of the female fertility cycle. Most breast cysts disappear over time, but they can become quite large and painful in some women. However, all packages should be checked by a physician.
The good thing about the case is that breast cysts are not a sign of any fertility problem, although they can be a sign of congestion in the body and a difficulty for the body to eliminate toxins and excess hormones.
A detoxification plus the application of castor oil compresses in the breast cyst area and drinking daily filtered water can help with the problem. Breast cysts are more common in women in their forties and in perimenopause and menopause, since they are signs of hormonal changes. Usually breast cysts disappear during menopause. For most women under 35, a breast cyst may exist for several cycles before it disappears.
Note: castor oil pads should not be used in malignant tumors.
Discharge from the nipple
Believe it or not nipple discharge can be quite normal after nipple stimulation, usually after having sex. This small nipple discharge is not dangerous. For women who have breastfed a baby, it may take a year or more for the discharge of milk to completely disappear.
Regular and persistent nipple discharge that is not associated with breastfeeding or previous stimulation of the nipple may be a sign of hormonal imbalance or pituitary tumor. Both conditions can greatly affect fertility. The secretion of the nipple can be from milky to a clear greenish color or in rare cases can be bloody.
Any woman with persistent nipple discharge in the absence of pregnancy and / or breastfeeding should go to the doctor for hormone testing and if there is blood to rule out cancer. Common causes of irregular nipple discharge are due to rise in levels of the hormone prolactin, known as hyperprolactinemia. The galactorrea is the flow of milk in the absence of pregnancy or childbirth and often is caused by hyperprolactinemia. Both are associated with hypothyroidism and occasionally with a benign pituitary tumor known as pituitary microadenoma.
Elevated levels of prolactin and / or a diagnosis of hypothyroidism directly affect the health of fertility and a woman’s ability to reproduce. Elevated levels of prolactin can cause an irregular menstrual cycle, disrupt ovulation, increase the risk of miscarriage and cause infertility. Both conditions should be evaluated and treated by a healthcare professional immediately, especially if you are doing everything possible to get pregnant.
Women diagnosed with hyperprolactinemia are almost always treated with bromocriptine to reduce prolactin levels. While taking any herb while taking bromocriptine is not recommended, herbs that strengthen pituitary function such as vitex and maca may be options for women who do not want to take any medication. Ideally, find a naturopathic or herbalist qualified to work with this aspect.
In the case of hyperprolactinemia associated with slow thyroid, you can look for herbal supplements and natural nutrients for thyroid health and that are safe to use with thyroid medicines.
Pay attention to breast health
Now that you know that your breasts reflect the menstrual cycle and that your stimulation directly affects the muscles of the uterus and its surroundings, you should pay more attention to the health of the chest.
Breasts can tell you a lot about what is happening not only with them, but with your reproductive system and your hormones. Symptoms such as chest pain, lumps, and secretions may be signs of a dysfunction. Dysfunction that could well be resolved with a change in diet and a detoxification of the liver if it is a hormonal imbalance or indicate that it is time to seek medical attention.
Since breast cancer is a major concern for women today, it is always best to consult a doctor if you feel that something is not right. Learning how to do a breast self-examination will help you to know your breast tissues in a unique way.
Remember that changes within the breast are very normal, but symptoms like pain, lumps, and secretions may be a symptom of a major problem and should be addressed rather than ignored.
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