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What the Yuck: Should my breasts get bigger during PMS?
January 28th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

What the Yuck: Should my breasts get bigger during PMS?

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: Is it normal for my boobs to get a whole cup-size bigger during PMS? It's such a dramatic change that I need two different sets of bras!

Yes, breast inflation is completely normal. During the premenstrual phase, we have higher levels of the hormones progesterone and prolactin, both of which can cause breast tissue to swell and milk glands to increase in size.

Plus, our bodies retain water during that premenstrual period. The change in boob size varies from woman to woman and sometimes from month to month. Some women won't notice much difference in their ta-tas, while others get a monthly (temporary) boob job.

Though you can't stop this hormonal process, there are things you can do to make your PMS breast makeover less pronounced. To keep water retention in check, cut back on your salt intake. Keep an eye out for hidden sodium in soup, vegetable juice, and fast food. If that doesn't help, water pills can help with the water retention.

If the change is dramatic and it really stresses you out, talk to your doctor about going on oral contraceptives. By regulating the hormonal fluctuation, the Pill can help keep you in one cup-size all month long.

Copyright Health Magazine 2011


soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. marcy

    PMS has nothing to do with it. Nature does. That's why some of us develop large boobs early in life.Marcy

    January 10, 2015 at 10:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Stacy

    My boobs are a 38D and a week before my period they are like a 38DD!

    July 23, 2015 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Newyorker

    Yes, please. :-D

    January 28, 2011 at 16:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. VegasRage

    I just like a girls bust, size matters not, they just makes things better.

    January 30, 2011 at 03:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Rich

    I love you ladies. Thanks for the chuckle. :)

    January 30, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Vincent

    On a long enough minelite, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. Question: e o lectie, dar e o lectie despre ce ar trebui sa fie sau se transforma intr-o lectie de manipulare a maselor la un moment dat?

    March 4, 2012 at 12:14 | Report abuse | Reply
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