Do natural breast enhancement supplements work?

Answers 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
  • Kava
  • Fennel
  • Black cohosh
  • Fenugreek

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.

Aug. 16, 2012