Breast Tenderness Questionnaire


Most often, breast tenderness occurs only during the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle. This phase begins about seven days prior to menstrual bleeding (or seven days before your period) and ends about the time bleeding starts.

However, some women notice that their breast tenderness persist throughout the month, especially during perimenopause, the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years. Perimenopause is also called the menopausal transition.  Women start perimenopause at different ages. You may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. Others may notice changes as early as their mid-30s.

Unfortunately, breast tenderness is not the only symptom women experience around their menstrual cycle and during perimenopause. These additional symptoms help identify and address the root of these problems.  

If you experience breast tenderness, you do not need to suffer from it. You can treat it and prevent it from reoccurring. Take the questionnaire below to see which type are you and the remedy that is best for you. Give one point for each one of the symptoms that occurred during your last menstrual cycle and total it below.

Type I

_ Premenstrual tenderness

_ Itchy

_ Distended

_ Hypochondriac pain and distention

_ Alternating fever and chills

_ Depression

_ Easily angered

_ Chest fullness

_ Bitter taste in mouth

_  Fidgeting

_ Abdominal pain and cramps

_ Breast distention and pain

_ Irritability

_  Dysmenorrhea

_ Irregular menstruation

_  Amenorrhea

_ Tongue is pink with thin white coating (visible if you have not brushed your tongue in the last 1-2 weeks)

_ Pulse is wiry or tight

Total ________                          

You may benefit from Free and Easy Wanderer (Xiao Yao San) formula, which is well known for its ability to address the premenstrual mood changes.  If you experience more menstrual pain, you may want to try the “Bupleurum Powder to Spread the Liver” (Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang) formula. Both products are available on our online store.


Type II

_ Tenderness in last few days of menstruation

_ Facial complexion pale and sallow

_ Both cheeks slightly red

_ Dizziness

_ Dry eyes

_ Blurred vision

_ Spots before the eyes

_ Numbness of limbs

_ Flaccid paralysis (Wei syndrome), weakness

_ Tinnitus, deafness

_ Forgetfulness

_ Low back and knees sore and painful

_ Throat dry and painful

_ Five sole heat

_ Low-grade fever

_ Night sweats

_ Irritability

_ Insomnia

_ Stools difficult to pass

_ Constipation

_ Irregular menses or

_ Scanty menses or

_ Amenorrhea

_ Vaginal discharge

_ Tongue is red and dry with little or no coating (tongue coating is visible only if you did not brush your tongue for 1-2 weeks)

_ Pulse is thready, rapid or weak

Total _______   

You may benefit from herbal formula “Linking Decoction” (Yi Guan Jian), which can be found in our online store.