During the course of the menstrual cycle, there are two hormones within the womans body that are very important. It is the estrogen that does most of the work before ovulation and progesterone that starts to act around the ovulation time. Progesterone causes the body to retain water. The objective of this is that the uterus needs to be primed for a potential pregnancy, by providing water and food. However, the effect of this preparation is felt through the entire body. The adverse effect of this is more severe in some women, as compared to the others; some of them may also find it difficult to get into their fitting clothes during the second half of their cycle. During the cycle the water gets stored in the breast tissues, causing them to stretch, which is one of the causes of painful breasts and sore nipples.
In case the woman does not get pregnant that month, the levels of progesterone begin to decline around a week before the next period is due. Gradually, the water stored by the body is eliminated in the form of urine. However, if a pregnancy does take place in a certain month and the fertilized egg begins to grow in the womb, the levels of estrogen and progesterone continue to rise, in order to sustain the pregnancy. Because of the surge in hormones, the tenderness in the breasts and nipples could actually get worse.
The severity of the soreness may vary from one woman to the other, based on the causes, as well as the womans age and general health status. It is important for women to identify the factors that have triggered off the soreness in the breasts, by consulting a doctor. Continue On Next Page