Why Am I Having Sore Breasts After Ovulation – Is It Normal?

Sore breasts after ovulation or breast aches around ovulation are absolutely normal. Some women may feel discomfort during ovulation, which could range from minor to severe. It can also be a probable symptom of pregnancy (we will explain it later in this article). A woman might feel pain in one or both breasts. This pain in the breast is referred to as mastalgia.

Ovulation is a process in which a female ovary releases an egg each month. It occurs almost about 14 days before a period starts. It is different for each cycle e.g. for a 28 days cycle, a woman would ovulate on day 14. Similarly, for 31 days cycle, a woman would ovulate on day 17. The chances of getting pregnant during the time of ovulation are high.

Is it normal to have sore breasts after ovulation?

It is absolutely normal to have sore breasts after ovulation. Many women experience tenderness and sore breasts after ovulation, which is due to a high level of progesterone in the body. The level of progesterone in the female body increases each day after ovulation until either she gets her periods or she gets pregnant. The level of progesterone decreases if a woman gets her periods while it increases if a woman gets pregnant.

While many women with sore breasts among you must be thinking of ways like wearing the best loose and comfortable bras or taking any painkillers to battle this soreness, we suggest you first understand how ovulation is linked with having sore breasts, and then proceed with finding solutions for it.

Effects of ovulation on body

During the different phases of the menstrual cycle, hormonal instability occurs. This hormonal instability can cause various symptoms in the woman’s body. Every woman’s body acts differently so it is not necessary for every woman to feel the same symptoms. They depend on how sensitive the body is.

Some of the symptoms a woman may experience are:

Sore breasts after ovulation

Sore breasts after ovulation or breast pain can occur at various times throughout the cycle. Breast discomfort during the cyclic changes is known as cyclic mastalgia.

Vaginal discharge

Some women may notice a wet, clear, and non-itching vaginal discharge before ovulation.

Body temperature

The basal body temperature of a woman increases during ovulation. You can use a thermometer to track your basal body temperature.

Spotting or light bleeding

A woman may have spotting or light bleeding during the time of ovulation. This can be due to hormonal instability.

Increased sex drive

A woman may experience increased sex drive at the time of ovulation.

Pain in ovaries

Pain in ovaries is usually felt at the abdominal or pelvic region, which also linked to ovulation. This pain usually lasts only a few minutes or hours.

Observing these symptoms carefully can help a woman predict when she is ovulating.

Also Read: When Do Boobs Stop Growing?

How long the sore breasts after ovulation last?

Sore breasts after ovulation or any discomfort in the breast start at the time of ovulation and usually last until either a woman gets her periods or gets pregnant.

These symptoms in each case are different. A woman can find out if these symptoms are related to her menstrual cycle or not by charting her symptoms each month to see when they start and stop.

Also Read: Things To Do Before Getting Pregnant

What are the other causes of sore breasts?

Some women may experience sore breasts after ovulation but there can be some other reasons for the soreness of breasts.

The other causes of sore breasts include:


Any breast changes like soreness, itching, pain, and tenderness can be the signs of early pregnancy too. These symptoms can be observed as early as one week of getting pregnant and will get better after a few weeks.

Symptoms of early pregnancy

Other symptoms of early pregnancy include

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Increased urination
  • Missed periods


Breastfeeding can also be a cause of sore breasts, especially if breastfeeding for the first time.

Causes of sore breasts due to breastfeeding can be

  • Improper position
  • Improper posture
  • Inverted nipples
  • Blocked ducts

Sometimes soreness of the breast can be due to infection in the breast known as mastitis.

Signs of breast infection are

  • Breast pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Change in the color of breast
  • Warm breasts
  • Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Chills

A woman must consult a doctor if she observes any of the symptoms while breastfeeding.

Menstrual cycle and sore breasts after ovulation

The linkage between sore breasts and ovulation is a medically proven fact. Some women may experience sore breasts after ovulation during the menstrual cycle. Sore breasts or breast tenderness is absolutely normal during the menstrual cycle. It begins at the start of the cycle and lasts until the cycle ends.

Hormonal imbalance

There is a hormonal imbalance between progesterone and estrogen if a woman does not ovulate. A high level of estrogen and a low level of progesterone can be the reason for sore breasts after ovulation.

Breast cancer

Sore breasts are a very rare sign of breast cancer. Other symptoms of breast cancer include

  • A lump in the breast
  • A lump in the underarm region
  • Pain in the breast
  • Swelling in the breast
  • Nipple discharge
  • Itchy breasts
  • Skin irritation
  • Redness of the breasts
  • The thickness of the breast skin
  • Inverted nipples

If a woman observes any of the symptoms immediately consult her doctor as these symptoms can be alarming.

Skin problems

Any skin condition like eczema can cause dry and irritated skin of the breast leading to the soreness.

Also Read: Dangers Of Skin Bleaching During Pregnancy


Other causes of sore breasts include

  • Wearing tight clothes
  • Wearing a small or tight bra
  • Rubbing the breasts
  • Certain drugs

Can sore breasts after ovulation cause discomfort?

The discomfort in sore breasts after ovulation can be mild or severe. If the discomfort is severe, it is affecting your routine life and does not go away even after the menstrual cycle, then consult your doctor. He may advise you some hormone blockers or birth control pills. This will treat your hormone-related symptoms.

Dietary changes such as avoiding alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and high fat-containing food can also help to treat the discomfort.


Sore breasts after ovulation are usually due to high progesterone levels in the body. It is a really good sign of ovulation. With each passing day after ovulation, the level of progesterone in the female body increases until you either get your period or you get pregnant. The level of progesterone increases when a woman is pregnant and it decreases if a woman gets her periods.

Also read: Discuss This With Your Partner Before Getting Pregnant

Dr. Syed Ahmad Raza
Dr. Syed Ahmad Raza

Medical Officer at Ammar Medical Complex, Founder at Therightparenting and Owner and Founder at OOPER with Syed Ahmad Raza

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