The best kind of beauty

19 Jan

Internal beauty matters, but I’m not writing to give you the warm fuzzies. Women need to know what’s going on under their skin as well as on top of it. Throughout this blog I would like to highlight things all women should know how to do to stay healthy and happy. First up–how to give yourself an at home breast exam.

Know your body

Women need to know their body so they can note any changes. Get comfortable with the  size and shape of your breasts by looking at them in a mirror. Know what your breasts feel like. Don’t be concerned if each individual breast looks or feels different, as long as those differences stay consistent throughout the months. Confused? Here is a link to a step-by-step image. Some doctors even provide laminated versions to hang in your shower.

Check yourself

It is best to check your breasts monthly, right after your period.  Put your arm above your head and with the opposite arm, press your fingers into your breasts. Look and feel for dimples, lumps, flattening, discharge, redness–anything out of the ordinary. Be sure you check your entire breast, including the space between your breast and armpit and the armpit itself. Do this on both breasts. If you have time, lay down and repeat this test on your back. Be thorough.

Call the doc

If something feels off, don’t panic. Just call your doctor and make and appointment as soon as possible. The most important thing you can do is be active in your own health so that as soon as any problems arise they can be fixed. At your appointment describe to your doctor exactly what you felt and saw.

The most important thing you can do for your body is to know it, inside and out. So go cop a feel!

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