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Has anyone ever tried Evening Primrose Oil for sore and sensitive breasts?

By Expert HERWriter July 28, 2009 - 11:10pm
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Hello everyone,

I was having coffee with a good friend of mine the other day and she said that she was going to have to try to cut back on her beloved caffeine because one of her breasts has been painful lately and very sensitive. She's had normal mammograms and she does a self-breast exam every month and said all is well, it's just that one breast is naturally a bit bigger than the other one and it tends to feel sore and sensitive.

She said she had read that caffeine can make it worse, so she was going to cut way back on it. And a doctor told her to try Evening Primrose Oil capsules.

Has anyone here ever heard of that? I've heard of the caffeine/sore breasts angle but not the Evening Primrose Oil. She also wants to cut back on the salt in her diet. She said it's all worth it for her to try these approaches because she is so tired of, as she put it, being aware of her one breast all of the time.

If you've tried this supplement, would you mind posting here to let us know? and if you have this condition yourself please post what has worked for you.

Thank you everyone! I want to show her what an awesome community EmpowHer is. Big hugs, Michelle

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EmpowHER Guest

And does anybody know or try Evening primrose oil while breastfeeding to avoid or help healing sore nipples? Thanks.

May 8, 2013 - 3:09am
EmpowHER Guest

willing to try anything myself. i have appt with dr. on Wed anyways. i workat a store called crescendos and will be buying some tomorrow to try. mycaffiene intake has increased which i am going to cut that back again.

January 26, 2012 - 6:34pm
EmpowHER Guest

I do not take capsules, but I do rub liquid primrose oil on my one breast that get sore and tender. It has been very effective.

December 18, 2011 - 1:50pm

And as promised our star naturopath, Dr. Carrie Jones, offered this opinion.

"Evening Primrose oil contains the essential fatty acid, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which works wonders for female health, hormone balance and especially sore breasts.

Sensitive breasts around your menstrual cycle is an indication of hormone imbalance. Many women have lumpier or denser breast tissue as well, which is known as fibrocystic changes. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages affect the breast tissue causing increased sensitivity. Taking evening primrose oil throughout your cycle can help counter this affect and make for smoother cyles.

Generally it has mild side effects such as stomach upset if taken without food or mild headache. Take it for several cycles to receive the maximum benefit of this great oil."

August 6, 2009 - 10:12am
Expert HERWriter

Hey Tina,

Thank you so much for replying! What you found is very interesting and I'll let my friend know. I'm also looking forward to hearing what the star naturopath has to say. I'm hoping other women will also weigh in with their opinions on this; I have a feeling it's not that common a supplement to help with this issue or we would have heard something already. Thank you again Tina--you rock! Michelle

August 5, 2009 - 11:24pm

Hey Michelle, looks like our community has yet to try this. But it is interesting idea and from what I've read on the National Institutes of Health Web site, it looks like Evening Primrose Oil has been used for breast pain and breast tenderness in Europe. But the NIH reports "High-quality human studies using this treatment are lacking. Therefore, the available information does not allow recommendation for or against the use of primrose oil in this condition."
We are also running this by one of our star naturopaths to find out what she has to say. Has anyone tried this? If so, what were your results?

August 5, 2009 - 5:06pm
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