Breast Pain and Deodorant

Breast Pain and Deodorant

doowop doowop
This is such a weird coincidence.

I suffered with intense breast pain for years. I couldn't handle the slight weight of even a blanket touching my breasts, and I hated having them touched. They were also pretty firm and I've had many cysts.

I went through a period of no deodorant working for me, so I had to start experimenting with natural deodorants even though I thought they wouldn't work. Well I'm not funky anymore, and I'm also no longer in pain. It took about a month and a half to notice a difference, but my breasts aren't constantly aching anymore. And I've also noticed the tissue has somehow relaxed and become more "squishy".

Has anyone else noticed this? It seems minuscule, but my pain was seriously making me hate my breasts and it practically ruined my sex life.
10/04/2010
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DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Do you have a metal sensitivity? if I remember correctly, many popular antiperspirants have metal compounds in them--aluminum, maybe?
10/04/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
They associate the aluminum in antiperspirants with breast cancer. My mom had it (she is now cancer free) and the doc told her to go natural now because of this link.

This may have something to do with it.. the aluminum I mean. Maybe it was some sort of reaction to it.

I sweat A LOT. I would love to try a natural one but I am afraid I would stink to high heavens if I did :S
10/04/2010
doowop doowop
I switched from deodorants with active ingredients derived from aluminum to ones with active ingredients that aren't aluminum based, but those also rated a possible health threat on goodguide.com and other comparable websites. Anyway, perhaps it was preventing a detox of the glands by blocking them from sweating out those built-up aluminum products, because I didn't notice any change in my discomfort.

You should give it a try! I was pretty funky and sweaty for about 2 weeks until all the sudden my underarms dried up and the essential oils helped prevent funk. Perhaps deodorant is a double-edged sword, we start using it to prevent funk, but it ultimately causes intense sweating as the glands try to rid themselves of those toxic ingredients, then we get even funkier and the cycle repeats?

I don't sweat from my underarms much at all anymore, only when I'm being ridiculously active. And if I miss a day of deodorant, I no longer get funky. This is so odd for me, because I was even considering trying a clinical strength deodorant before I completely switched to all natural. It did take a few months for my underarms to completely change. I'm just very happy to have my breasts back.

Oh and no, I don't have a metal sensitivity.
10/04/2010
Alegria Alegria
Think I'll be switching to natural deodorants now. Wow.
10/04/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Do you have a metal sensitivity? if I remember correctly, many popular antiperspirants have metal compounds in them--aluminum, maybe?
That is correct and jothingy is also correct saying that they are associated with cancer. I don't think it is a coincidence that breast cancer is usually found in the arm pit.
10/04/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
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Originally posted by doowop
I switched from deodorants with active ingredients derived from aluminum to ones with active ingredients that aren't aluminum based, but those also rated a possible health threat on goodguide.com and other comparable websites. Anyway, perhaps it ...
I went clinical strength (OTC) this summer because it was horrid. Maybe over the winter (I do live in Canada so that means LOOOONG period of cold) I will try natural.
10/04/2010
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
Quote:
Originally posted by Jobthingy
They associate the aluminum in antiperspirants with breast cancer. My mom had it (she is now cancer free) and the doc told her to go natural now because of this link.

This may have something to do with it.. the aluminum I mean. Maybe it was ...
Yep.

My grandmother and aunt both had breast cancer...their doctors recommended switching to an all natural deodorant because of this.

Grandma sadly, lost her battle. My aunt beat it twice.

On that note what natural deodorant are people using? I tried making the switch in the past...it was like a salt rock type thing....you'd wet it with water and then use it. It didn't do a thing for me! So I went back to traditional deodorant...
10/05/2010
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
What type of natural deodorant are you using (the name brand)? I'd like to give this a try.
10/05/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I've been using natural deodorants (except for special occasions where I do NOT want to be sweating) because of the aluminum materials and the rumored link to cancer.

According to medical institutions such as the American Cancer society though, they have found no 'conclusive' link.

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I still prefer to be careful though, in addition to the fact that I just have ridiculously sensitive skin. I switch between a natural crystal deodorant, available online or in Whole foods link and products from this Etsy seller link but she seems to be out of it right now. Her salty dog shampoo is also absolutely amazing, FYI. I've also bought from this shop and liked it link. If you go on Etsy you can search 'natural deodorant' and 'vegan deodorant' and come up with TONS of sellers and just check feedback.
10/05/2010
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I've been using natural deodorants (except for special occasions where I do NOT want to be sweating) because of the aluminum materials and the rumored link to cancer.

According to medical institutions such as the American Cancer society ...
Do you really feel that the crystal deodorant works, though?
10/05/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Victoria
Do you really feel that the crystal deodorant works, though?
I do! I actually think it works better than the handcrafted ones, but a. I like the scent of those, b. they moisturize my skin while the crystal has a slight tendency to dry it out, and c. I like supporting artisans and crafters. The only thing you have to remember is that it's just a deodorant - NOT an antiperspirant. You will still sweat when using it, but the sweat has no odor at all. And I tend to use the ones that are actually a crystal that you dampen and then rub on your skin, not the roll-on but I couldn't find a link for that one. My mom uses the roll-on though and likes it.
10/05/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I do! I actually think it works better than the handcrafted ones, but a. I like the scent of those, b. they moisturize my skin while the crystal has a slight tendency to dry it out, and c. I like supporting artisans and crafters. The only thing you ...
Found it - link Don't know why it didn't come up in my first search.
10/05/2010
Alegria Alegria
Question, Do men get breast cancer? I have never heard of any cases. I guess they don't have the mammary gland but does that mean they are unaffected by the aluminum? Assuming researchers do find a connection between the two.
10/05/2010
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
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Originally posted by Alegria
Question, Do men get breast cancer? I have never heard of any cases. I guess they don't have the mammary gland but does that mean they are unaffected by the aluminum? Assuming researchers do find a connection between the two.
Men can and do get breast cancer, though it's not nearly as popularized or common as female breast cancer.

You can read about the risk factors here at the Mayo Clinic's web page.
10/05/2010
Alegria Alegria
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Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Men can and do get breast cancer, though it's not nearly as popularized or common as female breast cancer.

You can read about the risk factors here at the Mayo Clinic's web page.
Thanks! I've always wondered about it.
10/07/2010
wondertoes wondertoes
THANK YOU for the information in this thread! I used to not care at all about what deodorant or antiperspirant I was using, but now I will definitely be doing some deodorant changing! I've heard the cancer claims many times, but never gave it a serious thought.
10/08/2010
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