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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
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
My daughter is in puberty and her areola changed color and got lighter shade. Is this normal for her hormones?
Can the color of my areola change to a lighter brown almost white with pain underneath my right breast?
Yes: Yes this can happen see your doctor about this to have this evaluated. ...Read more
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?
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
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?
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
Possible: As different hormonal surges/changes can possibly cause this. ...Read more
Color changes: Yes your areolae and nipples may get darker due to hormonal changes. ...Read more
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?
Can temperature effect areolas being dark? Like when cold not dark/normal, &warm/hot their dark?(if you are preg.?)tihey may just change constantly idk
Possible: Increased blood supply, as when hot, could result in color changes.. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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