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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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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...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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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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I am 18 years old and I still have early preteen breast development?

I am 18 years old and I still have early preteen breast development?

Needs clarification: It is not clear if you barely started a breast development or its development halted at same stage for a long period. In either case, you may need thorough evaluation especially if you have not developed subsequent pubertal events, e.g., pubic hair, growth spurt, and menstruation. ...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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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?

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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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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I'm taking female hormones. I would like to know how breast development was?

I'm taking female hormones. I would like to know how breast development was?

Sorry, but I: Don't understand your question. Which female hormones are you taking, and for what reason? Don't understand what you mean by "breast development was". Please rephrase your question. ...Read more

Early Breast Development (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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