Sis, when’s the last time you checked in with yourself? Like really checked in. Have you noticed any changes with your breasts? Have you been experiencing inexplicable bloat or menstrual changes? This Galentine’s Day, we’re encouraging all of our favorite women to do it for the girls and get in tune with their bodies by taking a moment for themselves and taking stock of their breast and ovarian health. Yes boo, it’s time to do you for you. Here are our tips!
Get to know your normal. Breasts are like snowflakes- no two are alike. That’s why getting to know the normal look and feel of your breasts is a major key. Once a month, (hint- your breast tissue is most stable after your period, so try to check-in then!) look at and touch your breast tissue from multiple angles (because it’s all about the angles) with varying pressure to feel both the deep and surface layers, from the interior by your ribs to just below the skin. Did you know that your breast tissue extends up your collarbone, around to your armpits and into your breastbone? Be sure to check those areas as well.
If you notice any of these symptoms that persist or worsen for 2-3 weeks, see your doctor:
- Swelling, soreness or rash
- Warmth, redness or darkening
- Change in size or shape
- Dimpling or puckering of skin
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on nipple
- Nipple that becomes flat or inverted
- Nipple discharge
- New, persistent pain in one spot
- Bumps that resemble bug bites
- A lump, particularly one that feels like a frozen pea
- Note – soft, mobile lumps, that come and go with your period are typically normal!
We get it, your breast health can often be the last thing on your to-do list but don’t worry sis, we got your back. Sign up for our Breast Health Reminders®, and we’ll send you a text once a month so you’ll never forget!
Be ovarian self-aware. Much like a Drake lyric, your ovaries can be… complicated. Ovarian cancer symptoms are vague and often confused with digestive or menstrual complaints. Knowing the signs and symptoms and what’s normal for your body is crucial to being proactive about your health. When you know what’s normal for you, you’ll be more likely to notice any changes- and speak up should they occur.
If you notice any of these symptoms persist or worsen for 2-3 weeks, see your doctor and ask, “could it be my ovaries?”:
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Pelvic or abdominal pain
- Needing to urinate urgently or often
- Upset stomach or heartburn
- Back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Menstrual changes
So tell your mother, sisters, girls, hair stylist, Facebook family, and everyone in between to make themselves a priority and check in with themselves. Do it for ya girls (and ovaries too!). Your future self thanks you.
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