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What are the causes of areola changes? I have noticed a very slight change in the shape of my right areola, in one small area it seems that it has stretched out. Basically the overall shape is not perfectly round as it has always been. I am slightly conce

What are the causes of areola changes? I have noticed a very slight change in the shape of my right areola, in one small area it seems that it has stretched out. Basically the overall shape is not perfectly round as it has always been. I am slightly conce

Hello.: Hello. Areolas often become stretched out during pregnancy or breast feeding. Even without pregnancy, the areola is subject to changes over time. Things which can impact the areola include hormonal changes, birth control pills, aging, and some medications. However, if your skin is puckering inward or an underlying mass is palpated, that needs to be evaluated expeditiously. ...Read more

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Do areola changes occur during pregnancy?

Yes: During pregnancy the areola become darker w thicker tissues ; increases in size. The montgomery glands on the areola become larger. ...Read more

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Nipples sore, areola changes. 20 almost 21yo. No known pregnancy. Last had sex 2 days ago, unprotected but I have Skyla IUD. What's going on?

Nipples sore, areola changes. 20 almost 21yo. No known pregnancy. Last had sex 2 days ago, unprotected but I have Skyla IUD. What's going on?

Probably hormonal: Changes effecting the breasts. Take a pregnancy test to make sure that you are not pregnant if you miss your period. ...Read more

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Can mirena (levonorgestrel) cause size and color of areolas to change?

Possible: Mirena (levonorgestrel) has hormones and hormones can change the color and size of Areola. ...Read more

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Recent abnormal mammo, amorphous microcalcs, 6 mnth FU. Benign conditions that cause areola shape change + edges to be less defined, like color bleed?

Tough question: Most important thing is to make sure you get proper follow up regarding those mirocalcifications. I think at some point you may end up having a stereotactic biopsy so that a pathologist can look at what's causing those microcalcs. Concerning areola shape/color fading, I would guess that wight gain, hormonal changes and pregnancy would be the things that could cause the diameter to increase. ...Read more

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Normal for areola to change over time when I'm breastfeeding! I've been nursing for 3 months and the circumstance is odd shaped now! Concern?

No worries: If you are not experiencing new pain, deformity, inflammation or bleeding, then you are unlikely to have a health-threatening condition. See your clinician if it doesn't get better, though, or if you have further concerns. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I just got my nipple pierced a week ago, it doesn't hurt really anymore and I clean it regularly, I have noticed my areola has changed shape though?

Areola: Hmm, unless there was some minor inflammation that caused a "distortion" of the area, or you had a ring that was heavy and pulled the skin causing a change, the areola really should not get affected. If this does not go back to normal, see your Doc for an evaluation. Best wishes ...Read more

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Can new birth control cause nipple and areola color change?

Possible: As different hormonal surges/changes can possibly cause this. ...Read more

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When will your areolas change colors? Do everyones before they find out their pregnant?

Varies: It's different for each woman. Some will have breast changes early in pregnancy while others later in the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have changes in your areola?

Is it normal to have changes in your areola?

Yes: The body changes all the time. Some changes can be a sign of trouble. Hardening, retraction, inversion, discharge, surrounding dimpling of the skin are signs of concern. ...Read more

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Does birth control change the size of the areolas?

Not the areola: It will not change the physical size of the areola, but will increase the "little bumps" around the areola called the Glands of Montgomery. Due to hormone influences. ...Read more

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What causes nipples to change colors and areolas to get veins showing up on them?

What causes nipples to change colors and areolas to get veins showing up on them?

Hormones: Female hormones are at work here! Estrogen stimulates breast and nipple development. Pregnancy hormones prepare the breasts for lactation. Oxytocin stimulates the release of breast milk from the glands into the ducts after childbirth. Darkening of the nipples and areola, as well as noticeable veins on the breasts, are common changes during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can excessive stimulation of the breast by obsessive examination or too big bra cause changes to size and color of areolas?

You might have: Some edema if the areolas are excessively manipulated. If skin is excoriated if may impact color. Bottom line - are you so excessive that you are causing significant trauma to your breasts? See you have anxiety. Is this a compulsive behavior? See you take xanax (alprazolam). If you have poorly controlled compulsion speak with your doctor about non - med therapies as well as SSRI's. ...Read more

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Below areola there is a light brown line appearing with tiny hard patch of skin. The nipple has changed shape slightly. What could cause this?

Below areola there is a light brown line appearing with tiny hard patch of skin. The nipple has changed shape slightly. What could cause this?

See your OB/GYN: Changes is the way your breasts appear, even what you describe, should be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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My areola on my right breast is swollen. It changes constantly. Top half, bottom half, left, or right.

My areola on my right breast is swollen. It changes constantly. Top half, bottom half, left, or right.

Breast asymmetry: Hi Laura. How old are you? Are you somewhere in puberty? Breast changes during puberty (which include areolar changes) may be temporally asymmetrical. Of course, you can ignore that if you're far past puberty. ...Read more

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If I think I conceived & my period was5-2-13&ovulated 5-29, by now how would be feeling? Are their other changes besides darkening areola?

If I think I conceived & my period was5-2-13&ovulated 5-29, by now how would be feeling? Are their other changes besides darkening areola?

Symptoms: Of pregnancy can vary from person to person and even pregnancy to pregnancy. Don't go by symptoms. If you miss your period, take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 26 yrs old and 6months pregnant. I'm experiencing an unusual changes on my breast. Specifically on my areola. It is dry and has dimples.

Not so unusual: The areola has Glands of Montgomery (dimples/bumps) that become more prominent later in pregnancy. If you still have concerns, talk to your treating OB MD about it. ...Read more

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My sister noticed a lump in her right breast about 9 months ago and now she noticed a change in the size of the areola. Please what could be the cause?

Breast lump: For this your sister with history of breast lump in the past with changing areola size, need to see a general surgeon for evaluation and management.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How early in pregnancy do nipples change colors and areola gets veins showing in them?

Nipple changes: Nipple changes occur around 12_ weeks. The areola gets darker and Montgomery tubercles get most prominent. Be sure to ask for me t get more information, ...Read more