Women looking to increase their bust size with herbal supplements should think twice, according to a report published in Obstetrics & Gynecology (June 2003). "There is no scientific evidence that these products work," said Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, author of the report. In her review, Fugh-Berman looked at scientific literature about the ingredients often found in "bust-enhancing" dietary supplements, including black cohosh, dong quai, and kava. "No clinical trial of a bust-enhancing herbal product has been published," Dr. Fugh-Berman said.
Furthermore, she stressed the fact that there are no long-term safety data on any of these herbs, either alone or in combination. Dr. Fugh-Berman recommends that physicians discourage women from using pharmacologically active substances with unknown safety risks to enlarge their breasts. She believes that there may be long-term issues (eg, an increased risk of breast cancer) in using some of these herbal ingredients because they may mimic estrogen.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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