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How can u tell if ur areola is raised darkened and widen if u see them every day and ur pregnant?, how can u tell the difference?

How can u tell if ur areola is raised darkened and widen if u see them every day and ur pregnant?, how can u tell the difference?

Take a preg test: If you have darker skin, the areola is usally darkened. Areola darkening is not usually a first sign of pregnancy. Early signs of preg are nausea, vomiting, fatigue & breast tenderness. Usu the linea nigra (dark vertical line on stomach) and other skin darkening happens later in pregnancy.
If you don't want to be pregnant, use birth control. If you want to be preg, take folic acid/prenatal vit. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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I have a few spots that look like hickeys n my areola but no bruise. I have no discharge or sore boobs. Am i pregnant?

I have a few spots that look like hickeys n my areola but no bruise. I have no discharge or sore boobs. Am i pregnant?

Take a test: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. If you have abnormal skin lesions on your breasts then you should schedule a visit with a dermatologist to find out what is wrong. These are not symptoms of pregnancy ...Read more

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What should my areolas look like if im pregnant?

What should my areolas look like if im pregnant?

They may become: Darker and larger with more pronounced montgomery glands. ...Read more

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My areolas are getting darker. Took a pregnancy test & its neg. What could be causing them to darken?

Lets review your que: Areola darkening is not an early sign of pregnancy. Darker signed people rend to have darker areolas. Changes in hormone levels can cause it. Early pregnancy usually has signs of fatigue nausea so if you have none of these symptoms it is most likely a normal phenomenon. If it is one sided then I would seek the help of a doctor ...Read more

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Darkened areolas and looks like the tip of my nipples are white. Could this be a sign of pregnancy?

Dark areolas: Yes this could be a sign of pregnancy. When you miss your period then start doing urinary pregnancy tests to see if you are pregnant ...Read more

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Hi, suspecting pregnancy, have nausea and vomiting but no bumps on areolas some pores look like they are opening on my nipples, NT like shown on net?

Hi, suspecting pregnancy, have nausea and vomiting but no bumps on areolas some pores look like they are opening on my nipples, NT like shown on net?

Possible pregnancy: If you are at least several days late for your period then check a pregnancy test. Breasts and nipples can change with hormone changes. ...Read more

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Are darkened areolas a reliable symptom of pregnancy at 6/7 dpo? Or too early? I weaned my toddler a month ago. I just noticed this change today.

Are darkened areolas a reliable symptom of pregnancy at 6/7 dpo? Or too early? I weaned my toddler a month ago. I just noticed this change today.

Patience: No. At 6-7 days after ovulation, there is no sign or symptom that says there is a pregnancy, and there is no sign or symptom that says there is not a pregnancy. It is too early for one to be thinking about pregnancy. A woman can start thinking about pregnancy if her period is missed, about 2 weeks after ovulation, and do a home pregnancy test a few days after that. Patience is a blessing. ...Read more

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Do areolas typically darken with age? Over the past few days they've been sore and darkening&pretty sure not pregnant. 2wks until next period.

Do areolas typically darken with age? Over the past few days they've been sore and darkening&pretty sure not pregnant. 2wks until next period.

Get a pregnancy: Test now. If negative, wait a week, then check another pregnancy test. If negative again, wait another week, check another pregnancy test. Don't convince yourself that you are not pregnant until you have had 3 negatives in 3 weeks and your period has returned. Areolas should not change color much, but they do "shrink" with age. They will enlarge and look more robust with pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dark patches on areola does it mean im pregnant?

Positive test?: If there is not a positive pregnancy test then dark areola are not diagnostic for the same. Areolar pigmentation can occur for reasons other than pregnancy especially in non-white individuals. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and I noticed some black dots around my areola, is it normal?

Could be: The skin around the nipple can change in color when pregnant and certain hormones change/fluctuate throughout your pregnancy. At your next prenatal visit, have your provider examine your areolar area to be safe though. Congratulations. ...Read more

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I'm 25weeks pregnant it my 1st and one areola is significantly bigger than the other. Anything I can do to increase the other areola? I can't stand it

Life's little issues: Yes, this is one of life's "little" issues as usually one breast is also larger than the other, thus the areola will also be of different sizes. No, there is nothing you can do about Mother Nature's construction. ...Read more

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Do areola changes occur during pregnancy?

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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Are bumps on areola normal even if you aren't pregnant?

Normal: There are glands on your areola that look like bumps, that are completely normal. If you have a new lump or mass, however, then definitely see a doctor for an exam and work up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dark spots on areola but not pregnant. What could this be?

Probably normal: This is probably nomal. If they are new then see your gyn or dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes the pain around the areola during pregnancy?

What causes the pain around the areola during pregnancy?

Engorgement: Breast tissue normally expands, and later becomes engorged. The stretching of the skin around the breast can often lend itself to pain around the areola. The areola is also hypersensitized during pregnancy and after delivery to help with breastfeeding and this can cause some irritation/pain as well. My wife used cocoa butter when she was pregnant and it helped her. Ob will have other treatments. ...Read more

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Help please! Could bumps appear on the areola without a woman being pregnant?

Yes: Montgomery Glands lubricate the nipples and areolas. They look like small bumps. They become more prominent with pregnancy ...Read more

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I have clear liquid coming out of my areola. I'm 20 and I don't think I'm pregnant. There's a little pain when squeezed. Should I be concerned?

I have clear liquid coming out of my areola. I'm 20 and I don't think I'm pregnant.  There's a little pain when squeezed. Should I be concerned?

Prolactin rise: Prolactin is a hormone that acts on the breast to produce milk when pregnant. If it is being inappropriately produced by a pituitary (brain) growth then clear breast liquid can also be produced. Have a MD do a prolactin blood test when you see her/him. ...Read more

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Not a runner, not possible to be pregnant, why are my areola's sore?

Sore areola: You may have an infection of one of the glands that are present on the areola ...Read more

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Can your areola get darker even when your not pregnant?

Possibly: If it is both breasts, I wouldn't worry, but if it is only one breast, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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My areola got darker 9 days before period. Can i be pregnant.

My areola got darker 9 days before period. Can i be pregnant.

Hard to guess: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed. ...Read more

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My left areola circumference is 1cm bigger than the right side. I am just 25 and am not pregnant. I noticed the difference since a couple of months?

Common: No one is exactly symmetrical and it is more obvious in some than in others. I have had one patient who was a breast size AAA on one side and D on the other and have known people who have to buy 2 pairs of shoes in order to fit both feet. These are the extremes but do speak to our asymmetry. As long as size is the only difference, it is normal. ...Read more

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Varicose veins on my breasts and on my areola, a sign of pregnancy?

Varicose veins on my breasts and on my areola, a sign of pregnancy?

Maybe.: Prominent breast veins are common in pregnancy and can occur pretty early. But, if you're not pregnant and want to eliminate the veins, I've seen very good results with sclerotherapy. It's easy to do and most patients find it less painful than they thought it would be. ...Read more

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What could be the reason for areola expansion? I took a pregnancy test and it came back negative

Elastic tissue: The elastic tissue of the skin will determine the area of the breast that the areola will cover. As aging, pregnancies or breast enlargement(or shrinkage) occurs, the areola will change its appearance. ...Read more

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Areola got swell. Last period 24 august. No penetration sex occur before or after that. Possible to pregnant?

Testing is easy: Given your history it is unlikely, but urine pregnancy test are sensitive, inexpensive and readily available... Go get one and check. ...Read more

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I'm 24 weeks pregnant and only have two montgomery tubercules on left areola and four on the right. Is it a sign of problem?

I'm 24 weeks pregnant and only have two montgomery tubercules on left areola and four on the right. Is it a sign of problem?

No problem! :): Montgomery tubercles are simply raised areas of glands in the areola (the colored part of the breast surrounding the nipple). They secrete oils and can become enlarged, especially in pregnancy. Most women have between 4-26 glands per areola. If the area surrounding this gland becomes hot, swollen, tender, hard -- that could be an infection, and see md. Otherwise, is very normal in pregnancy! ...Read more

Areola (Definition)

The areola is the dark ...Read more