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Magic's in the Makeup
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Is it common for all of your hormones to suddenly become out of balance (or something) when you are in your early twenties?

I grew breasts in grade five and I was the only one in my class who wore a bra. But after that, my breasts stayed at an A cup pretty much until high school when I started wearing smaller B's. Now I am a full C. My breasts are toppling out of my 34C. I'm worried that I might have to go shopping (again) for D cups.

I should say that I've gained a little bit of weight, nothing really too observable -- but I stopped my really cardiovascular workouts and have only been doing yoga. So I don't know if it's just my hormones catching up to me or weight gain....

I never had any skin problems until this year, either. And then I had "acne" (I don't think that's what it was...but I went on antibiotics for it) which lasted 4-8 months!

My doctor told me that my testosterone was out of balance. What? What does that even mean? Does that mean my vagina's not happy? Does it mean I'm not getting enough sex?

I've also been experiencing an itching/discomfort in my vagina which also makes me think there's a hormonal imbalance...(because I've gotten all tests done, etc.)

So I'm just confused. Is this all just me "becoming a woman?" How much can changes in hormones affect your life both physically and emotionally? What can you do to keep them in check?

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Women's bodies also produce testosterone, but just in smaller amounts than men's bodies. Normally, hormones are in certain cycles and balances to regulate the body systems. This imbalance has nothing to do with sex, don't worry about that. And yes, the hormonal imbalance can cause acne, although I wonder if the medication had any effect on your hormonal balance.

I suggest that you talk to your doctor about what kind of imbalance you have (testosterone levels too high or too low), and read up about the different treatment methods which can range from lifestyle to the more extreme hormonal replacement therapy.

There may be an underlying problem which caused the imbalance (like PCOS or crash diets) which should be addressed. However, this imbalance is not a natural body function that is part of growing up.

These websites may help explain things, but remember that you should not self-diagnose, but be sure to talk to your doctor about this and your options for treatment.
http://www.femhealth.net/natural-hormones/
http://www.natural-hormones.net/testosterone.htm

I hope this eases some of your worries.

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I would highly recommend that you ask your Dr more in depth questions about your symptoms and request more in depth answers and information (and/or resources) about your situation. Part of your Dr’s job and responsibility is to help educate you about what is going on with you. While there are many resources available, remember your Dr should be your best one because they are the one who knows you and your medical information.

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Hey Magic's in the Makeup: Don't want to bombard you with responses here, but I wanted to jump in as well. I understand how what's going on with you right now can be really confusing, and may even be a bit scary. Over the past few years, I've been working with quite a few doctors to figure out some wonky health problems, and the closest they've gotten so far is that it's a hormone imbalance.

I can say that weight gain can definitely cause some changes in breast growth, because breasts are fatty tissues. You might find that coming to a steady mix of yoga and cardiovascular activities can help manage any weight gain.

In terms of the hormones themselves, our bodies produce hormones for all different types of functions, and sometimes our bodies make mistakes and don't produce what should be (whether that be negative amounts or positive amounts, or being all over the place like mine are). It can be frustrating and scary, but just know you're not alone. Dan's certainly right about talking with your doctor - and something I'm going to suggest is to write down some questions you have. When at the doctors, it can be difficult to remember questions we have (especially when they're giving us new information) but if you have them written down you'll be sure to get them answered before leaving. Also - make sure to be open and honest with him/her about the questions they ask, because even things that seem meaningless may be the thing that's showing where to look. Good luck!

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Magic's in the Makeup
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Thanks everyone! That was really helpful. Thank you for your support. I will most certainly go talk to my doctor about everything again because it can be scary!

One more side note about my breasts: Well, since I'm pretty much around the age when most women are fully developed...I'm beginning to think that my breast are never going to look like full round ones. I thought I was still developing but now looking around on the internet a bit and comparing mine with pictures...they're tubular(ish) and it makes me feel self conscious. They just sort of jut out and the nipple disappears. Plus, one of my nipples is damaged. I just want to embrace and love my breasts!

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I'll be honest with you, I have not seen many "full round" breasts my self. What I have seen are a wide variety of shapes and sizes and this includes all of the parts of the breast. From what you have described, it sounds to me that you are with in the avgerage range. Have you read the article about breasts, Abreast: The Basics of Boobies, on this site? I am not sure what you meant by one of your nipples being ”damaged”, unless your Dr has said that, it is simply one of those differences that make each one of us special and unique. By the way, if you where looking at porn type sites for comparisons, be aware that a lot of the body parts shown are either beyond what is considered average and or artificially enhanced.

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