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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Dr. Lydia Collins
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When will your areolas change colors? Do everyones before they find out their pregnant?

Dr. Lydia Collins
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Do areola changes occur during pregnancy?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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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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Dr. Ajay Acharya
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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My daughter is in puberty and her areola changed color and got lighter shade. Is this normal for her hormones?

Dr. Ajay Acharya
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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Yes....normal..: This is normal evolution.......it will become darker with pregnancy.... ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
38 years in practice
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Can the color of my areola change to a lighter brown almost white with pain underneath my right breast?

Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
38 years in practice
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Yes: Yes this can happen see your doctor about this to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
Board Certified, General Practice
46 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
Board Certified, General Practice
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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?

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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Dr. Leila Hashemi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
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Can mirena cause size and color of areolas to change?

Dr. Leila Hashemi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
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Possible : Mirena has hormones and hormones can change the color and size of Areola. ...Read more

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Dr. Frank Kuitems
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
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I have a dark ring around my areolas and just changed birth controls to a higher dosage due to endometriosis. What can the circles mean?

Dr. Frank Kuitems
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
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Hormones: Female hormones change the color usually darker of the Areola also pregnancy does this from hormone changes ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Hebert
Board Certified, Pathology
24 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Steven Hebert
Board Certified, Pathology
24 years in practice
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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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Dr. Forrest Jones
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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?

Dr. Forrest Jones
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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