As you approach perimenopause, you may start to notice changes in your breasts. Some women discover lumps and bumps, others notice changes in size or texture, new sensitivity or discomfort.
As your estrogen levels start to drop, you may notice your breasts start to shrink. This is because estrogen stimulates the glandular system for milk production. When you no longer need your breasts to be on standby for feeding, they may start to feel less dense, and this can lead to sagging. If you are a regular exerciser, especially if you use weights or do push-ups, you might not notice this as much, as the exercise will increase and tone the muscles underneath to help keep your breasts up!
It’s a good idea to do regular breast self-examinations. It's a better idea to ask your doctor to do an annual physical examination.
Start by getting comfortable with what ‘normal’ looks and feels like for you. Some women will have naturally lumpy breasts; other breasts may feel denser and more fibrous. It's normal to have a slightly different shape or size breast.
If you are still menstruating, breast self-examination is best to do a few days after your period ends.
Here is a list of things to look for:
A medical doctor should investigate all new lumps and bumps and any new discomfort. Especially any sharp, shooting or radiating pain. Please note that nine out of ten lumps are not cancerous, but all are worth further investigation.
I’m not a fan of implants. The risk to reward ratio in my opinion just isn’t worth it. The most common complication is leaking and rupturing. Both cancer and autoimmune disease are linked with this. The increased risk of cancer that is linked with breast implants isn’t actually breast cancer. It’s a cancer of the immune system— Anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
If you have breast implants, know the longer you have them, the increased risk of rupture you will have. Another possible problem is the growth of mould or bacteria within the saline implants. If you are the kind of person that reacts to household mould you can start to imagine the extent of the damage the mould inside your body would have.
If you would like to know more watch the Absolutely Safe documentary or read Breast Implants: Everything You Need To Know, by Nancy Bruning.
Did you realise your breast tissue is like a sponge for all the environmental toxins? These toxins are fat-soluble, which means our body stored them in fatty tissues such as your breasts. It's no wonder breast cancer is on the rise with the alarming increase of chemicals in our environment. They are in our food, our water, the air we breathe, the products we put on our skin. The best way to reduce these chemicals is to not put them in our bodies in the first place. Swap conventional food for organic food, tap water for filtered water, stop using aerosols and perfumes, throw out your plastics and swap your personal care products for chemical-free versions.
Breast health-promoting nutrients
Note, I have specifically left out breast cancer treatment. If you have breast cancer, please do not self-treat. See a practitioner who specialises in the care of this form of cancer. It's your life, and you are worth it.