Breast Awareness – Know Your Breasts

8 May

While numerous women are concerned about the size of their breasts it is important to understand why it is so important to keep your breasts healthy. This includes knowing what affect any type of breast enhancement method will have on your breasts.

Breast Awareness can be defined as having a goal to ensure your breasts are always healthy. Becoming breast aware means that you know what healthy breasts are, as opposed to only looking for signs that something may be wrong with your breasts.

One important aspect to understand is that your breast size is directly related to your genes and to your family history. The women in your family may be small breasted and there is not much you can do to change this.

It is really hard to define normal breasts. Your left breast may be a different size from your right and this is perfectly normal. The size and shape of your breast can change each month, week or day depending upon different circumstances.

Your breasts can change due to your menstrual cycle, whether you are breastfeeding or not. Pregnancy can change the look and shape of your breasts as can the natural process of aging.

To know what healthy breasts look like you should get accustomed to looking and touching your breasts. This way if something changes you will be able to recognize it immediately.

Many women suffer from a condition known as breast lumpiness of fibrocystic breasts. This condition is caused by cysts which are tissue filled sacs within your breast tissues. There have been no reported links between this condition and breast cancer.

Sudden lumps or breast pain are not always a sign that something is wrong. But if you do feel something out of the ordinary it is best to check with your doctor.  Other signs that need medical screening include:

  • Thickening of your breast
  • One breast suddenly becoming larger than the other
  • A discharge from your nipple which stains your clothes
  • Skin changes
  • Nipple changes

To help ensure your breasts are healthy be careful with your diet. Try to include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fiber. Keep to low fat choices and reduce your sugar intake. Limit alcohol and quit smoking. Try to avoid drinking excess amounts of caffeine and soda. Instead increase your water intake and choose herbal teas whenever possible.  Bedtime herbal teas are a great way to relax and ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

If your breasts are not looking as healthy as they used to take the above points into consideration. There may be a good reason why these changes are occurring. Instead of thinking about making drastic changes and using breast enhancement procedures, see if some lifestyle changes may be in order first.