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Several of my daughter's friends are taking a
breast enhancement product from
www.wonderbreast.com . They all say it works and now my daughter wants to
try it. The only ingredient it contains is bovine ovary. What's your opinion of
people taking bovine ovary? It doesn't sound very safe.
I cannot imagine anyone even thinking of taking
an extract of ground-up cow ovary. This is simply a crude way of getting
estrogen and who knows what else. It is true that as a vegetarian, I do not
believe in animal source medications but with the problems with BSE (mad cow
disease) I think there is good reason to avoid such products.
Estrogen is what causes the breasts to grow at puberty. Breasts usually grow a
little more after periods start but are basically their adult size a year or two
For a teenager with normal estrogen - which means nearly all girls with normal
cycles -- adding more estrogen will usually not have much effect on breast size.
Contemporary low dose birth control pills sometimes cause a slight increase and
could be tried, if medically appropriate for that individual. The irony is that
it is usually women whose breasts are already bigger than they want who
experience further growth with the pill.
For reasons which are unclear, our culture is fixated on unrealistically large
breasts. If one looks at nude paintings from earlier eras, which presumably
depicted women who were considered very beautiful, their breast were not
particularly large by modern standards. Unfortunately many women with perfectly
normal sized breasts feel inadequate. To my mind it is better to appreciate
Very large breasts cause considerable discomfort and often attract unwanted
attention so there is some value is being average here.
Hope this is helpful.
Geoffrey Redmond, MD
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