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If my breasts are getting smaller, is that a sign of menopause?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Women often experience a lack of breast fullness because of changing hormone levels due to menopause. Sometimes it isn't as noticeable as smaller breasts, but simply as a loss of fullness. Talk to your doctor about any significant bodily changes, so together you can monitor changes.

Menopause often causes breasts to soften, thin out and sag. This is because loss of estrogen decreases the glandular and supportive components of the breasts, leaving mostly fat behind. If both breasts are decreasing in size, it may be due to weight loss. If one breast is smaller, this may be due to a mass that is pulling the breast tissue inward. If one breast appears to have shrunken, see your provider.

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