Breast exams are a very easy and very important way to catch breast cancer in its early stages, and can be done at home and by yourself. Libida.com gives you a step-by-step guide to this important tool of self-diagnosis.
Step-by-Step Breast Self-Exam
Why give yourself a breast self-exam?
When should you do a breast exam?The best time to perform a breast self-exam is about two to three days after the end of your period. Bear in mind that a few days before your period or while you're pregnant, your breasts maybe more lumpy or tender. If you don't have a regular menses, then just do the exam on about the same day of the month each time. Pick a date you can remember, like the first or 15th, or maybe the day of your birthday. If you're taking prescription hormones, you might want to contact your health practitioner about the best time to examine yourself.
How to do a breast exam:
In front of a mirror
Look for any changes in the shape of your breasts like dimpling of skin. Also, be sure to examine your nipples closely for discharge. Do each of these positions in front of the mirror.
Breast exam techniques:
Research has suggested that women to tend give themselves more thorough breast self-exams (BSE) when they have a specific pattern to follow. Check the entire area of the breast, including between the breast and the underarm and the area above and below the breast (from collar bones to the bra line under the breasts). The important thing is to cover the entire breast.Breast Exam Tips:
Make your breast exam more fun! For example...you can do it with your partner, use sensual body oil that smells and tastes great, or include your BSE in your foreplay!