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    Why Conduct BSEs

    BSEs are very important in keeping up with women’s daily health. They help women know what is normal for her own body and breasts. They can be done to one’s self, or they can be taught to one’s partner to perform on them. How to Conduct a BSE

    When performing a BSE, you are looking for any lumps, hard knots, or thickening of the breast tissue. A BSE can be conducted in one of three ways.
    In the shower: While in the shower, you will be able to glide your hands over your skin easier since it will be wet. With flat fingers, gently move your hands over every park of your breasts. Use you left hand to examine your rightbreast, and your right hand to examine your left breast.
    1. Before a mirror: You will want to inspect your breasts before the mirror with your hands at your sides, then raised above your head. Bring your arms back down and flex
    2. your chest muscles. While doing this, your left and right breasts will not exactly match (few women’s breasts do).
    3. Lying down: Put a pillow or a folded towel under your right shoulder to examine your right breast (the left shoulder to examine your left breast), and place your right hand behind your head (left hand for a BSE on the left breast). With the left hand and fingers flat, gently press in circular motions. A ridge of firm tissue near the lower curve of the breast is normal. Move in an inch with every circular motion around the breast, and keep moving in an inch until you get to the nipple. Make sure to examine every part of your breast, including the nipple.
    4. You will also want to examine your nipples as well. Gently squeeze each nipple to make sure there is not any discharge – whether it be clear or bloody.
    What to do if You Find a Lump

    If you find a lump when conducting a BSE, you should note its location, size, and shape. You should monitor it to make sure it does not change in size or shape, and let your doctor know about the lump. If it does change, then notify your doctor immediately.

    Source from: Crooks, Robert, and Karla Baur. Our sexuality. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2017. Print.

  • Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.

    Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

    Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

    Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

    Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower.


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