|  Find a Doctor   |   Getting to NUH   |  Appointments   |  Contact Us   |  Newsroom  |  About NUH  |  Make a Gift 

University Surgical Cluster

Common Conditions:

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Breast Surgery

Kidney Stones

Colon Cancer


Erectile Dysfunction

Prostate Cancer

Face Lift

Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery


Urinary Incontinence

Home > Patients & Visitors > Diseases & Conditions > Breast > Breast pain (mastalgia)

Breast pain (mastalgia)



About the condition

Breast pain tends to be associated with one’s period, usually worse near or at the time of menstruation, and improves when the period has stopped. Breast pain is usually not associated with cancer. If concerned, please consult your doctor.


Causes of the condition

  • Reproductive hormones
  • Anatomical factors
  • Fatty acid imbalance
  • Medication use
  • Breast size

Diagnosis and treatment options

  • Clinical breast exam
  • Physical exam
  • Ultrasound