October 14, 2021

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.

For more information on breast cancer awareness visit:

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