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Natural breast enhancement: Does it work?By Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/natural-breast-enhancement/AN01689
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Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.
Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, certified by the American Board of Family Practice, has been practicing medicine at Mayo Clinic since 1995 with special interests in breast diseases and women's health.
Dr. Pruthi is a consultant in the Department of Medicine, the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Breast Diagnostic Clinic. She is an associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native is enthusiastic about promoting education and patient-related research and has been active in both areas since joining Mayo Clinic. Dr. Pruthi is the primary investigator at Mayo Clinic of a clinical trial evaluating new agents for the prevention of breast cancer and has research interests in the identification of biomarkers for early detection of breast cancer.
Her other research and clinical interests include managing the health of women who are at increased risk of breast cancer, breast pain and hot flashes, and developing patient education decision-making tools for breast-related concerns.
She is past director of the Breast Diagnostic Clinic and has been a member of the Women's Health Executive Committee. Dr. Pruthi has been newly elected as a secretary of the executive committee for the American Society of Breast Disease. She has assisted with a variety of website content.
"Having an opportunity to share information and empower my patients in the way that will help them to understand and be able to make educated decisions about their own health is very important to me," Dr. Pruthi says.
"The Internet is a tremendous resource and information site for people, and I want them to get up-to-date and accurate information to be able to make informed choices for themselves, their family members and friends."
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Natural breast enhancement: Does it work?
Do natural breast enhancement supplements work?
from Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.
Natural breast enhancement supplements aren't likely to work.
Breast enlargement might be a side effect of certain prescription drugs — such as estrogen, birth control pills and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a popular type of antidepressant. However, natural breast enhancement supplements haven't been shown to have the same effect.
Natural breast enhancement supplements typically contain a variety of herbs, such as:
- Saw palmetto
- Dong quai
- Chaste tree berry
- Wild yam
- Black cohosh
Serious drug interactions are possible with any of these herbs, especially if you take a blood-thinning medication such as warfarin (Coumadin).
If you're interested in breast enhancement, consult your doctor about more effective options — such as breast implants.Next question
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