Research Article

Mastalgia and total body water.

Br Med J 1975; 4 doi: (Published 29 November 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;4:498
  1. P E Preece,
  2. A R Richards,
  3. G M Owen,
  4. L E Hughes


    Total body water (TBW) was measured early and late in a menstrual cycle in 56 women, 39 of whom had breast pain. The remainder were asymphtomatic controls. Most women did not conform to the traditional view that there is a premenstrual increase in TBW. In some TBW decreased, while in others there was no change from the early cycle measurement. No TBW pattern correlated with any syndromes of breast pain or with any psychoneurotic profile.