Breast Advice For Working Out

There are many barriers to regular exercise, and it’s our goal to break them all down. Breast comfort and health when exercising is a topic everyone thinks about, but few actually discuss with their gynecologist, so here are a few guidelines for breast health advice so that your breast issues do not interfere with your workouts.

  1. If you get pain in your breast that persists over a few days you need to be evaluated by your physician.
  2. Breast pain and pain in the chest wall or pectoral muscles should be differentiated, they are different.
  3. All women participating in exercise should be current on their breast exams and mammograms.
  4. New breast nipple discharge can be induced by exercise, but don’t assume that is the cause and get it checked out relatively soon after you notice the condition.
  5. Breast support is important, and sports bras do stretch out and don’t necessarily provide support ‘indefinitely’.
  6. Rashes should not occur in the bra line, if they do you should get them treated and think about the design of your bra.
  7. Breasts are categorized as small medium, large or hypertrophic.
  8. Hypertrophic breasts can interfere with regular exercise, but the issues of what bother you can be worked out with your trainers.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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