Breast enhancement pills: what they do, if they work and the side effects
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- What are breast enhancement pills and how do they work?
- Do they work?
- How quickly do breast enhancement pills work?
- Can I get breast enhancement pills on the NHS?
- Are the results permanent?
- What are they made of?
- How much do they cost?
- Where can I buy breast enhancement pills from?
- Are breast enhancement pills better than breast enhancement creams?
- Are they safe?
- What are the potential side effects?
- I can’t decide whether to try pills before I commit to surgery. What should I do?
- Do vitamins help breast growth?
- Can birth control pills make my breasts bigger?
- Where can I get more information?
What are breast enhancement pills and how do they work?
They are herbal tablets, often sold by online companies, which contain plant-based chemicals called phytoestrogens.
These chemicals mimic the female sex hormone oestrogen, which ‘tricks’ your body into believing you’re pregnant. The idea is that your body will then produce more oestrogen, as it would during pregnancy, and that your breasts will enlarge (without producing milk, so the manufacturers claim).
Some manufacturers of these products say that, by taking them, you can increase your breast size by two or three cup sizes in around three months.
Do they work?
While there is some research that says several herbs in breast enhancement pills have an effect on your hormones, the specific effect of phytoestrogens on breast tissue isn’t clear.
Although there are testimonies from women who say they have had successful results, there are no clinical trials to prove the herbal remedies increase breast size.
What’s more, taking these pills could actually have a negative impact on your health, including an increased risk of breast cancer if you’re post-menopausal. The herbs in the pills may also interact with other medications you may be taking.
How quickly do breast enhancement pills work?
Some manufacturers claim that women who take the pills will see results in as little as two weeks. However, there has never been a clinical trial to prove that these pills work, or how long they take to work.
Can I get breast enhancement pills on the NHS?
No, breast enhancement pills aren’t available on the NHS. If you want to try these pills, you would need to buy them online either from the manufacturers’ stores or retailers such as Amazon.
Are the results permanent?
The manufacturers of breast enhancement pills often claim that the results are 85% or 90% permanent, but there’s no clinical data to back this up.
What are they made of?
The exact ingredients depend on the manufacturer, but the herbs might include anything from wild yam extract to Siberian ginseng root, to cayenne fruit and guarana seed. These are just examples—the manufacturer should list the ingredients in full on the packaging.
Just because a product is called natural or herbal doesn’t always mean it’s good for you or safe to use.
How much do they cost?
Some pills cost upwards of £40 for a month’s supply. Given that many manufacturers recommend taking the pills for six to nine months to see the benefits, committing to a course of them could end up being very expensive.
Breast enhancement creams tend to be cheaper, but there’s no evidence these work either.
Where can I buy breast enhancement pills from?
You can buy breast enhancement pills online, either direct from the manufacturers’ store or via retailers such as Amazon. Most high-street pharmacies and health and beauty retailers don’t sell breast enhancement pills, although some do sell breast enhancement creams.
Are breast enhancement pills better than breast enhancement creams?
Neither breast enhancement pills nor creams have been proven to work, so it’s impossible to say whether one is better than the other. The benefit creams have over pills is that they are likely to have fewer side effects than taking pills and they tend to be cheaper to buy.
Are they safe?
Although there has been scientific research into the safety of some of the individual herbs used in breast enhancement pills, there hasn’t been any research into how safe the herbs are when combined with others.
Herbs may interact with each other, or with other medicines or herbal remedies you’re taking for certain health conditions, with harmful consequences.
Since it’s difficult to find out whether the dose and potency of some herbal ingredients are safe, it’s generally considered risky to take breast enhancement pills.
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What are the potential side effects?
It’s difficult to predict what side effects breast enhancement pills could cause. There have been suggestions that phytoestrogens could increase the risk of developing some types of breast cancer, and that other ingredients could change the composition of the blood. However, as individual differences and existing medicines always play a large part, always talk to your GP for advice.
The potential side effects and contraindications will depend on what ingredients are in the breast enhancement pills.
Below are some of the herbs commonly found in breast enhancement pills and their possible side effects:
- Chasteberry can interfere with birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
- Fenugreek can cause diarrhoea or worsen asthma symptoms
- Astragalus can cause diarrhoea or affect blood-sugar levels or blood-pressure levels
- Dong quai can slow blood clotting so shouldn’t be taken if you have blood disorders or are about to have surgery, as it can increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery
If you’re thinking of taking any kind of herbal medicine, speak to your GP. They will help you assess the risks and possible side effects.
I can’t decide whether to try breast enhancement pills. What should I do?
You’re right to question something that, although labelled as ‘herbal’ or ‘natural’, could affect your health. Do as much reading and research as you can: Cancer Research UK, the NHS and Harvard Medical School provide some good advice around breast enhancement pills. It’s also a good idea to speak to your GP and ask for their medical opinion on whether such pills are safe before you buy any.
Do vitamins help breast growth?
No. Taking vitamins will benefit your overall health but none have been proven to help breasts grow.
Some vitamins—such as vitamin D—can help make sure your breasts are healthy, and help lower the risk of breast cancer.
Can birth control pills make my breasts bigger?
Yes. However, not everyone who takes birth control pills will experience an increase in breast size. For those who do, the increase in size is likely to be very small.
Birth control pills can stimulate breast growth in some women as many contain oestrogen and progestin (the synthetic version of progesterone), the hormones responsible for the development of breast tissue.
If you do experience an increase in breast size, it’s unlikely to last beyond the first few cycles of taking the birth control pills or when you’ve stopped taking the pills.
Where can I get more information?
When researching breast enhancement pills, stick to factual and evidence-based websites, such as Cancer Research, NHS and NetDoctor. Avoid public forums where pill manufacturers could be posing as satisfied customers. And bear in mind the old saying that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.