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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Breast Development (Overview)

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 early/late start to development.


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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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
74 Doctors shared insights

Breast Development (Overview)

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 early/late start to development.


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Daughter is 7 and starting to have breast development and needs a training bra already!!!! Is this to early? Does this mean she will start young?

Daughter is 7 and starting to have breast development and needs a training bra already!!!! Is this to early? Does this mean she will start young?

Not necessarily: It depends. Concern about precocious puberty is very valid. Stages of development and when it occurs vary from child to child. There are some genetic factor (e.g. if you developed early, your child might too). Besides secondary sex characteristics, other factors e.g. weight & height growth also need to be considered. If concern, consider seeing a pediatric endocrinologist & speak w/pediatrician ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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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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Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce development of cancer of the uterus?

Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce development of cancer of the uterus?

Yes: The chance is about 1% and treatment is hysterectomy. With such a low chance then tamoxifen is worth the risk. A gynecologist needs to keep track of the patient and any unusual bleeding evaluated. There are also other hormone alternatives with less risk. Check with your medical oncologist to see which drug is best for a particular patient. ...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 early breast development lead to higher risk of breast cancer?

Can early breast development lead to higher risk of breast cancer?

Indirectly: People who go thru puberty at an early age and/or menopause late in life have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. We believe this is due to prolonged exposure to high estrogen levels. ...Read more

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Can working out affect breast development?

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

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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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Is there something to help breast development?

Is there something to help breast development?

Help breast develop: Healthy life style with a very nutritious diet. ...Read more

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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").
Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long does breast development take after it starts?

Breast developement: You can look up tanner stages of breast development on google. Most girls begin with breast buds that grow over years to reach full maturity. Takes several years and starts around age 9 or so. Continues until fully mature around age 16 or so. ...Read more

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Breast development just started. How long will it take?

Breast development just started. How long will it take?

Everyone is differen: Breast development grows at different rates for everyone. There is no set timeline. Also realize size is different for everyone. Take time to enjoy this time of change in your life, you have plenty of time to be an adult--which comes with many responsibilities. ...Read more

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What is a good excerise to help increase breast development?

No: The old story that pec exercises make your breasts bigger is simply not true. Don't waste your money or your time. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are some stages of breast development?

Need expert help here. What are some stages of breast development?

Tanner stages: The index called "tanner stages" classifies boys and girls regarding both genital and breast development into a number of stages. Google it and you will get good information with pictures. ...Read more

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Are my breast done growing? What age does breast development stop?

Usually 18: You can still have breast growth after your development matures. Breast size depends on genetics and weight. It can also change with hormones and childbirth. ...Read more

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Is it true that there are possibility of breast development until the age of 23?

Is it true that there are possibility of breast development until the age of 23?

Yes, but: "Breast development occurs in distinct stages throughout a woman's life, first before birth, again at puberty, and during the childbearing years. Changes also occur to the breasts during the menstrual cycle and when a woman reaches menopause." from the following Hopkins site with further details
http://www. Hopkinsmedicine. Org/healthlibrary/conditions/breast_health/normal_breast_development_and_changes_85, P00151/ ...Read more

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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