Breast Health Q n A
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and as you grow and develop, they really become part of your life. With all the changes that happen to your breasts, you’re bound to develop a curiosity about them. Let me help you answer a couple of questions you might have concerning your breasts.
Why do my breasts feel swollen, veiny and tender before I get my period?
The first two weeks before your period, your hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) usually peak like crazy. These hormones are actually responsible for causing your breasts to swell, causing your breasts to look bigger, slightly veiny and feel tender or sore. This is normal. If you suffer from you're likely to experience strong breast symptoms that may also include sore and sensitive nipples. These symptoms will subside, once you go on your period.
Is it normal to have hair on your nipples?
While the hair on your aureole (the skin like tissue that surrounds your nipple) may look strange, it’s absolutely normal. The aureoles naturally have a hair follicles and some girls are more likely to develop visible hair on that part of the breasts as hormones change and peak.
What does it mean when my nipples itch?
Itchy nipples can be caused by a number of things. Such as eczema (Atopic Dermatitis), which causes inflammation, dryness and even a rash. Other causes include the soaps you use, clothing material and even early symptoms of pregnancy. If you suspect pregnancy, I highly recommend visiting your nearest healthcare provider.
How often should I perform self-examination on my breasts?
It’s generally a good idea to get familiar with your breasts. This way you’ll be quick to notice any unusual changes. Doctors recommend that you do a during the first week of your period as the effect of hormones on your breasts would’ve subsided.
I’ve only answered a few of the frequently asked questions about your breast but there’s so much more to know and learn about our breasts. So it’s okay to be curious about these twins that sit so close to your chest. Just keep in mind that people are different and t’s completely fine if you develop differently from your peers.
Do you have more breast related question? Please feel free to share them with me on the comments below.
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