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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?

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

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Breast Development (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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Describe some breast development problems.?

Describe some breast development problems.?

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

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What should I do to help my breast development?

What should I do to help my breast development?

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

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Might going to a gym affect my breast development?

No: No, exercise should not affect breast development in any way. However, if a woman loses a significant amount of weight, her breasts made decrease in size and/or change in position ("sag").
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Has gymnastics affected my breast development?

Has gymnastics affected my breast development?

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

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Does taking the pill also increase breast development?

Does taking the pill also increase breast development?

Yes/no: Taking the pill can increase breast size in individuals that have not been fully developed, and some increase in size due to fluid retention.
In women with full development there will be no significant change. Read more

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Will the areola region shrink after breast development?

Will the areola region shrink after breast development?

Varies: The size and color of the areola part of the breast varies a lot from woman to woman. If you have concerns about the development or appearance of your breasts, then see a gynecologist. Usually your concerns will be calmed by your gynecologist. Read more

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Will going into gymnastics affect my breast development?

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 more

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Are there things I can do to quicken breast development?

You don't: I don't want to be a debby downer but it is not recommended to "speed up" breast development. There are no standard regimens for this at this time. Read more

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When do normal girls reach their final breast development?

Bet. 13 1/2 & 15 1/2: The age achieving full breast development (tanner stage v) ranges from 13 1/2 to 15 1/2 years. Read more

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What is the definition or description of: early breast development?

What is the definition or description of: early breast development?

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 more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes breast development in males?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes breast development in males?

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

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I have girlfriend that's 18 with no breast development at all. Is there any hope for her?

I have girlfriend that's 18 with no breast development at all. Is there any hope for her?

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 more

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Help please! Is breast development really based on genetics?

Help please! Is breast development really based on genetics?

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

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Can working out affect breast development?

Working out: And weight loss may also cause some loss in fat from breast tissue, decreasing the size of an adult breast slightly. It doesn't affect breast development. The health benefits are well worth any small size reduction. Read more