October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we’re encouraging everyone to check and know their bits. No matter your size, shape or length, it’s a necessary thing to be breast self-aware. All boob owners should know what’s considered normal for them, and feel comfortable spotting any changes. But while practicing breast self-awareness is necessary, it shouldn’t replace giving your doctor or gynecologist a visit.
Becoming more breast self-aware is what more and more professionals are urging women to do. This means knowing the normal condition of how your breasts look and feel. Being well acquainted with your boobs means a likelier chance of spotting any changes, regardless of how small. Even so, we still want to share with you how to perform a self-breast exam. So if you don’t consider yourself breast self-aware yet, this can be your first step! Without further ado, let’s just dive right in hands first.
When is an optimal time?
Don’t get alarmed if one boob is slightly bigger than the other, nobody’s body is completely symmetrical and this is normal! It’s also important to keep in mind that boobs do change, and depending on your PMS symptoms they can be more tender or enlarged throughout the month. What we’re looking for are irregularities such as: redness, dimpling, nipple changes, leakage, rashes or bulging of the skin. We suggest performing the exam a few days after your period, because your boobs are more likely to be their average selves.
Give them a good look
Choose a comfortable space and start the self-breast exam with a bare upper body and a mirror. Give things up there a good gander, making sure that:
- They are their average size, shape and color
- There are no drastic changes or irregularities such as the ones mentioned above
- Raise one arm at a time and check the area between the armpit and breast
Try these self-breast exam steps
- Use your fingertips to check all areas of your breasts. Make sure to try from a varying amount of angles to make sure you get an adequate feel. Try standing up, or at night when you’re just about ready to hit the hay. Boobs tend to spread out once we lay on a flat surface, so checking while in this position can show you different things. The point is, get them from all different positions!
- Irregularities can also be found in the armpit area and side boob, so make sure to check there as well. Try going all round the boob and nipple from different angles and motions. It’s not rocket science, so do what feels best! Don’t forget to give your upper abdomen and collarbone area some love, these irregularities are not bias when it comes to placement!
- Take note of any swelling, unusual tenderness, lumps, nipple leakage, spots or color changes. Knowing your boobs gets you one step closer to spotting any differences sooner, and being breast self-aware can play a big role in maintaining your health.
- If you do spot any differences or irregularities, it’s important to stay calm. Give yourself a high five for spotting this change and make an appointment with your doctor. Good news is, 8 out of 10 lumps aren’t cancerous.
Are you well acquainted with your bits? Spread the word to your fellow breast-friends! Have anymore breast self-aware tips? Let us know in the comments below