How to do a breast self exam
With these tips you can easily perform a breast self exam at home. Learn more about these 5 steps on how to examine your breasts. Bron: Pink Ribbon
Why perform a self breast exam?
It can't harm to know your body! It is important to get to know your own breasts and to know what your normal boobs feel like. The more you do a self breast exam, the more you learn about them. If you are familiar with your breasts you will know when something feels off. This way, you can stay on top of your breast health and notice anything unusual sooner.
When should you do a breast self exam?
Make it a habit to perform a self breast exam and try to do a self examination once a month. This way you get familiar with your boobs. Please note that your breast change continuously. They will look and feel different in your 20s than in your 40s. It is therefore important to keep on checking your breasts. If you want to perform a breast self exam it is best to do this approximately one week after your period. This is the time that your breasts are less swollen which makes it easier to spot irregularities. If you don't get a period anymore it doesn't matter at which time of the month you check your breasts. Tip: pick the same day to do a check so it is easier to remember to do it for example every first day of the month.
What to look for?
It is important to look for any changes in size, shape or contour of your breasts. It is also important to check your skin for e.g. any red or itchy areas (especially in the area surrounding your nipples) and for inconsistencies such as small dents. Pay attention to sore areas where your gland tissue feels different as well. Also be aware of any unusual lumps. Note that almost all women have some small lumps or bumps in their breasts (often during their period as your glands tend to swell). Therefore it is important to familiarize yourself with your breasts so you can distinguish unusual bumps. Also check your armpits for any irregularities.
How to do a breast self exam?
Perform a breast self exam some place you feel comfortable. A breast self exam basically consists of two parts: a visual check and a physical one. You can perform a breast self exam with these 5 easy steps:
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