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How Soon After Birth Will My Areolas Return To Their Original Color
When? Hmmmm....: While most pregnancy-related changes in the breast will eventually go away, the darker-colored, thicker areola, an adaptation that prepares you for the wear-and-tear of nursing, may never fully change back. It may become lighter over the course of weeks to months, but this is a gradual process and often incomplete. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Color changes: Yes your areolae and nipples may get darker due to hormonal changes. ...Read more
I have recently been on birth control for three months and just recently my areola is getting bigger and im not sure if its just my body adjusting ?
Have you noticed: any enlargement as well?. Some women will see a slight enlargement on the pill or during pregnancy. With enlargement of the breast, comes an enlargement of the areola. Darkening of the areola is common with pill as well. Enlargement of the areola without enlargment of the breast is less common ...Read more
Is it normal for a young female on birth control to have a ridge like tissue directly under the areola? As if it is outlining the areola gland tissue?
For certain: What you describe is normal breast anatomy. ...Read more
I grew coarse hairs on my chin and areolas after taking birth control years ago. How do I make the hair stop growing?
.? Due to pills: Birth control pills are not going to affect hair growth after stopping them. Their effect is long gone from your system. If this is an ongoing problem, ask your doctor to check for an underlying medical condition such as poly cystic ovary syndrome (pcos), which is a common hormone imbalance (5-10% of adult women) that can cause excess hair growth and irregular periods. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a birth mark like spot on my left areola. I would always see it but i barley paid attention to it. Is it normal to have a birthmark there?
Birthmarks: Birthmarks can appear on any part of the body. ...Read more
On birth control for 6 months, never missed a pill. Period normally comes on week 3 of active. Bled for 4 days inactive. Darker areolas. Negative test?
Not pregnant: The hormones in birth control pills can cause pigmentation over time. It is normal for your bleeding to be during the inactive pills. If you were bleeding during the last week of your active pills and are now bleeding during your inactive pills your body is adjusting to the pill. It sounds like all is well. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I just gave birth three months ago and have noticed that one areola is redder than the other. I have random pain in both breast. What could this be?
Possible mastitis: Breast changes are common when you are postpartum and breast-feeding. Frequently they are just from the hormonal changes, lactation and infant stimulation of the breast. If you have fever and severe tenderness, we worry about infection. See your physician if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more
I have a small ring around my areola. It isn't dark, lighter than the areola itself. I am not sexually active or on birth control, and it is constant.
Normal: What you described is a normal variation on the color of areola. You need not be concerned about it. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Possible: As different hormonal surges/changes can possibly cause this. ...Read more
Why are my areola swollen but they dont hurt? I have had a normal period and havent missed a birth control pill.
Areola swelling: A number of different conditions and medical problems can cause a puffy areola, but in most cases normal hormonal shifts are to blame. ...Read more
The skin around my areola turned brown. I'm 18 and never been pregnant. I highly doubt I am pregnant since I'm on birth control. My grandma has breast cancer.. Should I be worried about it?
No need to worry: Increases in estrogen levels can cause increased pigmentation in the arealae and genital area. Estrogen levels do increase during the teen years, so that is the probably answer. You might still check for pregnancy because birth control pills do not always prevent pregnancy (failure rate of 1-3%) but it is unlikely. Breast cancer in an 18 year old woman is distinctly unlikely-- you need not worry. ...Read more
1 month after giving birth I completely quit lactating. I'm now 3 months pp and my aerola is leaking a colostrum type substance but NOT my nipple. ??
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