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The pill and breast/areola changes

By September 4, 2013 - 2:03pm
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So I have been taking the pill for four months now and I've noticed that my breasts are more full and feel bigger and my areolas are wider and puffier looking, my period is coming in two days and I just noticed these things happen about a week ago. Could my birth control pills have something to do with it all from the changing hormones? Or could it be that it's just my hormones before my period that's doing this? I have never really noticed this happen before, not to this extent anyway.

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My breasts aren't sensitive, they don't hurt, tingle or anything like that when there's pressure on them.
They aren't leaking or anything like that.
I also am taking the pill because I have PCOS and my periods were very irregular before, so this is like puberty happening for me now.

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I quit taking the birth control pill 3 months ago, I have sex a few weeks ago I'm guessing around ovulation. My period has been out of control so it's hard to tell when it's going to start. Also my nipples have darkened and are a little sore, I've been emotional about random stuff. And accasionally feel like throwing up. Could I be pregnant or could it just be from quiting the pill?

March 30, 2018 - 3:54pm
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These changes can be from getting off the pill. If you think there is a chance you could be pregnant, a home pregnancy test can ease your mind if your period is late.


March 30, 2018 - 6:45pm

Hello Emily B,

It is likely that the birth control pills are responsible for the changes in your breast. The increase in breast size depends both on the woman and the type of birth control pill used.

Estrogen and progestin, the hormones found in birth control pills, often lead to an increase in breast size. In general, this reverses after a few cycles or when you stop taking the pill.

The estrogen and progesterone in birth control pills can also lead to breast tissue growth, in which case the change in breast size tends to be more constant.

I think this second explanation apples to you. As you said, puberty is happening to you now.



September 4, 2013 - 4:35pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you very much! :)

September 4, 2013 - 6:17pm
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