Modern beauty standards dictate that a beautiful woman is the one that has a large bust. While many people agree this parameter does not actually matter, some ladies go as far as to take pills to enhance their breast. But is this approach safe? What are possible adverse effects? And if certain medications are advertised as “natural”, does it mean taking them implies no risk?
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The beauty industry offers a wide range of opportunities to enhance breast: from surgery to equipment-based treatments, you can choose an approach to your liking. However, not all women want to resort to such radical solutions. Instead, they opt for something that looks less harmless but in fact may be just as dangerous.
Breast enhancement pills can be of different types: some of them are based on hormones; others include herbs, which, in their turn, affect hormone production. Also, some “natural” enhancers are based on alleged aphrodisiacs.
One should be very careful when using breast enhancement pills, as they are not as safe as their sellers claim. They may even mention scientific studies that prove the approach is reasonable, and there are no significant side effects. Do not let such claims mislead you: admittedly, there are studies focused on effects of intake of certain herbs, but the overwhelming majority of breast enhancement pills include several herbal components, and it is not known whether they affect each other, and what implications there may be if one combines them.
The only hormones capable of increasing bust size are progesterone and estrogen. Both are associated with increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer, if taken in excessive amounts, especially in postmenopausal women. These hormones are often used as part of contraception pills and rings, but there is no evidence suggesting it can be used safely for breast enhancement.
While hormone-based pills contain hormones proper, herb-based pills are a source of phytoestrogens, which are similar to the estrogens produced by the body. Among the herbs and extracts used in breast-enhancing supplements are the following:
- Cayenne Fruit
- Fo Ti Root
- Fenugreek Extract
- Guarana Seed
- Siberian Ginseng Root
- Wild Yam Extract, and many others.
How is it supposed to work?
The phytoestrogens found in breast enhancement pills are added there to stimulate estrogen receptors and consequently trigger tissue growth. The idea behind the pills is to trick the body into believing the woman taking pills is pregnant. Milk production does not start, but bust becomes larger, and, according to pills manufacturers, the effect remains, i.e. the enlargement resulting from taking such pills is permanent, at least in most cases.
The effect the estrogens produce is supposed to be rather weak in premenopausal women, but it can affect estrogenic stimulation and lead to tissue growth.
As far as postmenopausal women are concerned, taking breast enhancement pills is especially dangerous, as risk for cancer is increased when pills are used to increase bust size.
Everything said above boils down to the advice not to take breast enhancement pills – and Harvard University, Cancer Research UK, and other organizations and institutions are of the same mind – since there is no scientific evidence suggesting taking such pills is safe. Who cares about bust size, after all? It’s what your soul is like that matters, not how big your bra is.
By the way, doctor: Do breast-enhancement supplements work? – Health.harvard.edu
Breast enhancement pills –Cancerresearchuk.org