How to Do a Self Breast Exam, According to a Pro

We’re all told we should be doing self breast exams, but the reality is that most of us end up with tons of questions swirling in our heads when we attempt to do one. Things like: Am I doing this right? What should I be looking for? How often should I be doing this? I feel lots of stuff in there! Is that normal? Okay, I think I found something. Now what? Should I be concerned? If I’m being completely honest, self breast exams have always scared me. I’m afraid of doing it wrong and missing something. I’m afraid of doing it right and finding something. That’s why I’ve made this video. My goal is to take the mystery and fear out of the process by providing simple, easy to follow steps and tips from a pro. Jennifer Hankins, a Provider with One Medical will be guiding us through the self exam steps and answering questions that most of have, but sometimes are afraid to ask. Think of this as the ultimate form of self-care and connection. ️❤️

I’m doing #selfexamsunday this weekend! If you want to join, post a selfie after you do a self exam and I’ll share them in my IG stories. Make sure to use the hashtag #selfexamsunday and tag @ingridnilsen so I can find it!

I’m not affiliated with One Medical in any way other than being a happy patient. I’ve paid for and used their service for the last year and it has been the easiest, most streamlined, ENJOYABLE medical care experience I’ve ever had. They have locations across the U.S. so if you’re interested in learning more, check out their website:


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WEEKLY UPDATE: I seriously don’t know what’s happening to TIME right now. It feels like every week is just flying by! My friend Carrie has been visiting from LA for the last few days and it has been so wonderful having her here. I’ve forgotten how much I love having friends stay over at my place, but after two consecutive weeks of visits, I have officially been reminded! I have to say that since being in NYC, I have been so much more social. It definitely isn’t about proximity because most of my close friends live in LA. So what is it then? I think it’s a lot of things, but it all stems from one big thing: New York is the place where I have always wanted to live. Yes, it’s a hectic city but I feel so at peace here. I’ve kind of broken all the standard “rules” you hear about, like New Yorkers not cooking. I’ve cooked the vast majority of my meals here, including meals with other people. I’m learning how to make this MY New York, not the New York you read about or see in movies. I think that’s it. I’ve found love here and it has made me more daring, more free and more open. All the best love I know has felt that way, but it has never come from a place before. It’s a feeling I’m drinking in and gosh, I’m grateful for it. ️





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