6 Things Your Breasts Say about Your Health

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A woman’s breasts change throughout her life. While we are always (or should be!) preoccupied by breast health, we sometimes forget that they can also tell us a lot about our general health.

The next time you self-examine your breasts, take into account the theories below. And, remember, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t postpone the visit to your Barrie OBGYN.

Let’s see what your breasts would say if they could speak:

  1. Your Breasts Are Growing

Hormonal changes are the first culprits for breasts that increase in size. They can occur when you are pregnant or between periods. However, breast growth can also happen when you are gaining weight. Breasts are made of fatty tissue and they are typically the first to signal weight gain.

  1. Your Breasts Are Shrinking

This is typically good news: it means that your diet and exercise plan are working and you are losing weight. On the downside, you may end up with stretch marks. Don’t worry, though, stretch marks are just an aesthetic nuisance, they don’t impact breast health.

  1. Itchy Nipples

The nipples are one of the most sensitive areas of our bodies. When they itch, it could be a sign of an allergic reaction to medication or dry skin. You can also experience itchy nipples when you are close to your period. Again, don’t worry, this has nothing to do with breast health.

  1. One Breast Is Bigger than the Other

While breasts aren’t perfectly symmetrical, if you notice that one of them has recently gotten significantly bigger than the other, it’s time to schedule a doctor’s appointment. This could point to serious breast health problems.

  1. You Notice a Lump

Small, pimple-like lumps are perfectly normal. They are the ends of the milk glands within your breasts. If, however, you notice bigger lumps that get painful, schedule a visit with your OBGYN immediately.

  1. Breast Discharge

This is something normal during or after pregnancy. If you are in neither of these situations or if you notice blood or a green color in your breast discharge, it’s time to see a doctor. It can be a symptom of a serious problem.


If you noticed one of the alarming signs above or anything else out of the ordinary about your breasts, don’t wait until the problem grows bigger. Give us a call! The Dr. Fefelova clinic in Barrie, Ontario has helped thousands of women with breast health!

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