Nipple soreness before AF

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Registered: 04-21-2004
Nipple soreness before AF
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Sun, 08-22-2010 - 7:42pm
Is there anything that can be done to combat this nipple soreness I've been getting before AF? They only hurt while nursing (well, and pumping but I HUTH), but it's BAD! I'm post-AF and pre-O right now, so I'm trying to be proactive if that's even possible. TIA!


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Registered: 12-17-2007
Sun, 08-22-2010 - 10:42pm

Evening Primrose Oil has been known to help

Sore nipples during ovulation: Evening primrose oil

Some mothers have found that taking one capsule per day of evening primrose oil can be helpful for preventing sore nipples due to hormonal changes during ovulation or around the time of menstruation.

Evening primrose oil is generally considered safe for nursing moms. It is reported useful for nursing moms who are trying to conceive. It is also reported useful for treating postpartum depression, sore nipples during ovulation, PMS, fibrocystic breasts, Raynaud's syndrome and plugged ducts. EPO is derived from Oenothera biennis seeds and is an excellent source of essential fatty acids and their more complex metabolites GLA ( gamma linoleic acid). The suggested dosages that I have seen vary from 500-6500 mg per day for various problems: 500 mg per day has been suggested for breastfeeding moms with sore nipples during ovulation; 1000 mg 3 times a day for PMS or fibrocystic breasts. According to Hale, overt toxicity of this product appears to be quite low. No pediatric concerns have been reported. The Botanical Safety Handbook regards EPO as "safe when used appropriately." Overdoses of essential fatty acids have been known to provoke gall bladder attacks.

http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/natural-treatments.html#epo

I have heard from some moms that the calcium & magnesium supplement also helps with soreness, so you might try that if the EPO does not help.



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Registered: 04-21-2004
Sun, 08-22-2010 - 11:20pm

Ah, thank you so much! I actually have some EPO left over from my ttc days. Unfortunately the calcium/magnesium didn't help, or perhaps I wasn't taking enough per day (I was taking 999/399 per day). I'll give EPO a try!

Oh, just a side note: For anyone who may be ttc, it's advised not to take EPO after ovulation as it *can* cause uterine contractions. It's good for increasing fertile cm before O; that I can vouch for ;-)



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