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Abnormal Breast Development In Teens
My 4 yo daughter has underarm body odor like an adult would have. She shows no other abnormal signs-no hair, breast development. Is this a problem?
This does happen: With children sometimes without any underlying reason or problem. However, I would recommend discussing this with her pediatrician, and having her examined by them also. They may suggest some laboratory testing to rule out a metabolic or endocrine problem, but they may also determine that it is not a problem and allow you to use a basic deodorant only product. Read more
Breast development is the normal condition in which a girl develops breasts during puberty, for the future purpose of breastfeeding her children. Breasts development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). There is much normal variation, such as asymmetric breasts, large/small breasts, or ...Read more
I am in stage 5 of breast development at 15 years. My periods have always went between regular and irregular. How do I know how developed my uterus is?
Fully developed: Your uterus should be fully developed since you have gone through puberty and are having periods. Girls can have irregular periods for a year or two after starting their periods. Your uterus is still working normally and it is still possible to get pregnant even though your cycles are irregular. If you have more specific concerns about your cycles, please talk to your doctor. Read more
I am a 20 year old female. Weighing 50 kilos. I have irregular periods n my breast development is very slow. Is it a hormonal problem? Wat should I do
Lack of normal: Breast development for most women begins a puberty when the nipples and areola begin to enlarge. Next the entire breast begins the thicken and the nipple begins to come to a bit of a point. Finally as estrogen levels increase with the onset of the menstrual cycles, additional fatty tissue and mammary tissue develops giving the breast an adult appearance. Read more
It will without help: Breast size is likely to ^ w puberty, pregnancy & possibly prior to your period. You can build up chest muscles w exercise & weight lifting but it will not ^ the amt. Of fatty tissue. There are no pills, herbs or machines that will ^ breast size. Breast augmentation is surgical enlargement. A padded bra will ^ appearance of volume. A supportive, well fitting bra can also enhance appearance. Read more
Great question: I have asked myself that very question while watching the olympics and I believe it has never truly been studied other than observations that growth may be stunted in some extreme forms of training. In these instances, lower levels of body fat certainly limit the size of breasts as well as decrease the amount of circulating Estrogens which may also effect breast size. Read more
Depends: If you look at olympic level gymnast it is obvious there is a delay in development. There is a retrospective review (not the best study method) that shows for those in the gym more than 15 hours per week there is an increase risk of delayed puberty. This is related to hormonal issues. Once you discontinue gymastics/decrease time in gym/ gain weight your breast development should resume. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Premature thelarche: Is the technical name and means breast development earlier than "normal". Breast bud development can begin as early as 8 years old in some girls and is more usually between 10 and 12 years old. If there is actual breast development before age 8 then it can indicate a hormone problem (precocious puberty) and an endocrine appointment is needed to evaluate. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormones: Important factors are hormonal, genetic and nutritional Read more
Gynecomastia: 1/2 of males experience gynecomastia during puberty involving hormonal stimulation of tissue. Males make some estrogen and the target tissue of breast development can respond to small amounts before a males testosterone begins to dominate. It generally subsides over 6 mo to a year. In older adults, medications or illnesses can lead to a secondary form that is more worrisome. Read more
Hope for?: Hope for larger breasts? Yes mammoplasty. Hope for her developing them later? Maybe. It matters if her small size is affecting her self esteem or confidence. As women age & have babies, their breasts tend to grow. She should talk to her doctor if it bothers her that much. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We Is there any way to encourage faster breast development during puberty naturally, without the use of medicines?
No, I don't think so: Without medicationsGet a more detailed answer ›
Yes: You have the potential to develop the pair you have the genes for. There are some environmental or dietary factors that can interfere, but you cannot develop more than you have the genes for. There are some transient hormonal influences that can augment the process some, but to gain more, you need surgery. Read more