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Hormonal/female Issues?

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  • Posted By: nadira
  • January 9, 2009
  • 06:09 PM

I'm a 22 year old caucasian female and over the last several years (after development, though) I've noticed an increase in size of my areolas (now up to 2 inches in diameter). At the same time, my breasts have reduced in size (from 36b to 32c... I've also lost weight, from about 145 pounds to 128 with no change in diet and only a small amount more of exercise). My gynecologist told me the areola size was normal and just fluctuated based on the person, but my mother has much smaller areolas so it doesn't seem genetic or normal to me. I also only noticed the increase in size in the last few years... it hasn't coincided with puberty or breast development.

I think the weight change might just be part of 'growing up' but I thought it should be mentioned because of other symptoms. I also have a low body temperature (97 degrees is normal for me... but my mother also is naturally low), brittle/weak finger and toenails (this is a recent development in the last few months), and strong sensitivity to cold (I can't stop shivering with teeth chattering if it's below 40f even though I'm adequately dressed) which developed over the last few years.

That's all. I sleep well. I've been on oral contraceptives since last spring (had to change from ortho lo to a monophasic because the ortho lo was leading to breakthrough bleeding after the 3rd month with perfect use). My jaw has been popping recently, but I think that's unrelated.

Could this be something or is it just my body's natural strangeness? I was concerned it could be a thyroid disorder but from what I've read half my symptoms fit with hypo and the other with hyper, so that doesn't really make sense.

Thanks for any advice or ideas! I don't want to bring it up with my doctor again because she'll discount it.

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