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Health Information For Teens
My aunt says I should learn to do a breast self-exam. What is this and why do I need it? – Graciela*
Your aunt is partly right: breast self-exams (“BSE” for short) can be helpful for women. But doctors don’t usually suggest them for teen girls.
There are a couple of reasons why:
It’s good to get used to the way your breasts normally look and feel. A good way to do that is to try this: When you’re lying down, lightly touch your breasts with your fingertips. You might be surprised at how they feel. Breasts are a complex system of ducts and tissue so you’ll notice normal lumps and bumps.
At some point your twenties, your doctor will probably show you how to do a BSE. Until then, you only need to worry about your breasts if you notice these problems:
It’s rare for teen girls to have breast problems. But sometimes a doctor or nurse might think a breast exam is a good idea. Find out why, as well as what’s involved in a breast exam.
Breast soreness is common among teens, but it can still seem worrying when it happens to you. Fortunately, breast pain is rarely serious. Find out why your breasts may hurt and what you can do about it.
Find out what the experts have to say.
It’s quite common for girls to have different-sized breasts, especially as they develop during puberty. If you’re worried about how your breasts are developing, check out this article.
Periods can be confusing. Get the facts in this article for teens.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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