According to Breast Cancer Network Australia, there is no wrong or right way to check your bits. What’s most important, is getting to know your breasts and understanding what’s normal – and not so normal – for you and your bits.
If your bits are anything like ours, they probably have some quirks of their own. One might be a little bit bigger than the other. You might have some lumpy bits. And the shape of your nipple might be very different to your best friend’s. And usually, that’s all okay.
When you know what your breasts usually look and feel like, it’s much easier to notice when things change. So if you’re not already in touch with your bits, it’s time to get to know them.
For us, we love checking in our bits and we probably touch ours a couple of times a day. However if that is new to you, we get it, it can feel a bit uncomfortable but it’s an important to get into the habit of it.
When it comes to self-examination, we recommend:
making it a part of your everyday so it’s not another “thing” to do
doing it regularly and at different times of your cycle so you get to know any regular changes
doing it in different settings and positions - as you might pick up something different lying down compared to sitting up
Some of the ways we work a quick breast examination it into our everyday:
lathering soap in the shower – it’s a great way to feel under the armpit too
lying down in bed when your breasts are separated is a great way to feel the inner bust and chest
we usually work in a little bust massage before or after a meditation
after our period when are breasts are less hormonal and feel most like their “usual” self
after a shower, we always take a look in the mirror and check out how things are looking
when we’re putting on body lotion or fake tan
with your partner during intimacy or as weekly massage ritual
When it comes to knowing what to look for, Breast Cancer Network Australia recommends keeping an eye out for:
a new lump in your breast or underarm (armpit)
thickening or swelling of part of your breast
irritation or dimpling of your breast skin
redness or flaky skin in your nipple area or your breast
pulling in of your nipple or pain in your nipple area
nipple discharge other than breast milk
any change in the size or the shape of your breast
pain in any area of your breast
If you notice something that feels a little different, or you’re not sure, it’s important to act quickly and head to your GP for an expert opinion.
Lastly, every few months, when checking out your bits for any lumps or irregularities it's also a good idea to re-measure them too. Our boobs change and our bras stretch, so it's important to make sure you're still wearing the right fit for your bits.
Not sure how to measure your bits? Learn how here.
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