Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Mastalgia in Children

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

How is cyclical breast pain treated?

There are a number of different ways to treat cyclical breast pain.

Here are a few that your doctor may recommend:

  • Caffeine avoidance
  • Vitamin E
  • Evening primrose oil (a naturally occurring triglyceride)
  • A low-fat

In some cases, your doctor may prescribe some of the following supplemental hormones and hormone blockers:

  • Birth control pills
  • Bromocriptin (which blocks prolactin in the hypothalamus)
  • Danazol, a male hormone
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Tamoxifen., an estrogen blocker

How is noncyclical breast pain treated?

Determining the appropriate treatment for noncyclical breast pain is more difficult, not only because it is hard to pinpoint where the pain is coming from, but also because the pain is not hormonal.

Your doctor will probably perform a physical examination and may order a mammogram.

In some cases, a biopsy of the area is also necessary. If it is determined that the pain is caused by a cyst, the cyst will be aspirated. Depending on where the pain originates, treatment may include analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and compresses.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 617-355-6000 | 800-355-7944

Close