Breast self-examination (BSE) should be done once a month during ovulation (preferably at the same time of day). Know how your breasts normally look and feel – many women have a pattern of lumpiness in their breasts, which is normal.
A breast self-examination is as easy as 1-2-3:
1. In the mirror
In front of a mirror, check for any changes in the normal look and feel of your breasts, such as dimpling, size difference or nipple discharge. Inspect four ways: arms at sides; arms overhead; firmly pressing hands on hips and bending forward.
2. Lying down
Lie on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder and your right hand under your head. With the three middle fingers of your left hand make small circular motions, follow an up and down pattern over the entire breast area, under the arms and up to the shoulder bone, pressing firmly. Repeat using right hand on left breast.
3. While bathing
With your right arm raised, check your right breast with a soapy left hand and fingers flat using the method described under step 2 (‘Lying down’). Repeat on the other side.
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