Breasts are a major concern for women and men.
From breastfeeding to the rights of women to show their nipples in public; breasts have always been such a huge topic of conversations.
Despite this increase in dialogue about them, however, there remains several questions that women are uncomfortable to ask.
Here are some of the top questions women have about breasts, but until now, have been reluctant to ask.
1. Why do my breasts ache?
Most women have felt it the throbbing, oversensitivity of sore breasts. There are several reasons for breast pain.
When the body is flooded with hormones, from menstruation, menopause, or pregnancy, it’s quite normal to have achy breasts.
However, if there is a specific spot that hurts, a doctor should be seen immediately.
2. Why are my breasts sagging?
This is a common question, especially for women who are approaching their middle years and are noticing several changes in their body.
The most common answer is that the factors that keep breasts perky start to break away as a person ages.
Certain factors, such as spending too much time in the sun, can make this process happen faster. So, sunscreen is definitely a friend.
3. Why are my nipples changing color?
There are two times in a woman’s life when a change in nipple color is normal. The first is when the breasts begin developing at puberty.
The second is during and after pregnancy. Both are big changes, and it’s completely normal for nipples to darken at these times.
However, if they’re darkening and it’s not due to development or pregnancy, it could be cancer, and a doctor should be consulted as soon as possible.
4. Why are my breasts different sizes?
Usually, the breast that the baby nurses from more will be a bit larger, maybe even droopier.
5. Are there foods that can keep breasts healthier?
Yes! There is new research and extensive studies that have shown diet can affect the health of breast tissue. Having a diet that is heavy in plants and nuts can keep breasts healthy for longer.
Nuts like pecans, almonds, and walnuts will keep the breast tissue from becoming sore and inflamed. Studies also indicate that green veggies, such as kale and broccoli, may help prevent cancer cells from growing.
And, mushrooms have been shown to decrease cancer risk in women by more than 60 percent!
6. Am I at a higher risk for breast cancer?
This is a scary question and one that most women think about at least once in their lives. The truth is, there are several factors that could increase the risk of breast cancer.
The most prevalent ones are a woman’s age, exercise habits, and weight. The older a woman gets, the higher her risk of breast cancer grows. The same is true if she doesn’t exercise enough or doesn’t control her weight well.
Above are the six most common breast concerns among women of any age.
If at any time you do not feel comfortable, be sure to consult a doctor no matter how trivial you feel the issue may be.
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