The cost of breast augmentation varies depending on the doctor, location, the anesthetics used, and a number of other factors. On average, the total ranges from $4,000 to 10,000. As with any invasive surgical procedure, there are risks, including complications that can cause pain, deformity of the breast, loss of sensation, infection, and bleeding and hematomas. To avoid these financial and health costs, some women turn to diet to increase breast size.
Breast Augmenting Foods
Products that contain plant estrogens, such as phytoestrogens, are reputed to stimulate the growth of body tissue and naturally enhance the breast by causing a woman's body to produce prostaglandin. Saw palmetto, fenugreek, and Mexican wild yam contain the highest levels of these natural estrogens.
Saw palmetto is a berry that can be found in several forms: ground, dried, and ripe. It is also available as a liquid extract, tablet, capsule, and as an infusion or a tea. Mild side effects, such as stomach upset and breast tenderness, have been reported.
Fenugreek is considered the world's oldest medicinal herb. Fenugreek seeds are ground and roasted and used to flavor curry. Ground seeds are often used to impart a maple flavor to sweets and candies. The seeds can also be used to make tea, although the tea is believed less potent than the pills, and the tea comes with a bitter taste that can be hard to stomach. Fenugreek's leaves, which are high in iron, are used in salads. Taken internally, fenugreek is used to treat bronchitis, coughs, respiratory problems, and sinus conditions, and to increase milk supply. However, the herb has aggravated asthma symptoms in some women and has lowered blood glucose levels in some women with diabetes.
Mexican wild yam
Wild yam may offer some benefits. It is believed that wild yam can stimulate the ovaries to produce a balance of progesterone and estrogen, making it a popular alternative to synthetic hormones for women. Though wild yams do contain diosgenin, a precursor to progesterone that can be used to synthesize the hormone in a laboratory, there is some doubt about the body's ability to make the conversion to progesterone naturally. Wild yam is available in tablets, capsules, tinctures, and teas. Pills and tinctures should be taken with food to reduce the risk of stomach irritation and nausea. Since wild yam contains a potentially toxic substance known as dioscorin and can interact with prescription hormones such as estrodiol, consult a knowledgeable healthcare provider before using products that contain wild yam.
Avoid breast enhancing products that contain animal hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin. While they do stimulate cell growth, they can also cause abnormal cell growth in the breast. That could lead to breast cancer.