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Facts and myths about breasts: everything you need to know

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Facts and myths about breasts: everything you need to know


Breasts are everywhere. Despite the fact that you see them every day, and you probably even hold them close to your heart, as more than half of the population in the world has them, there are a lot of misconceptions about them. Even if you consider yourself well-educated in everything that is breast-related, some of your assumptions may actually be wrong. Breast myths that we should all stop spreading around.

Do breasts stay roughly the same size?

Some women may think that their breast size stays pretty much the same over the course of their lives, but that is a myth. We’re not talking here about the obvious changes, such as a pregnancy, but about the average size of a woman’s breasts. And this tends to change quite a bit through the years. Even a small weight gain such as five pounds can affect your bra size, so make sure that you pay attention to this every year, in order to be comfortable all the time. A study by lingerie company Triumph on 10,000 women proved that around 64% of women are wearing bras with the wrong size for their breasts.

Is it normal to have disproportionate breasts?

Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal, and it’s not only for breasts either. As it turns out, any body parts that you have in a set of two are never a perfect mirror image of each other – arms, legs, even your face isn’t exactly mirrored. Although a few women may have perfectly symmetrical breasts or close, having disproportionate breasts is absolutely normal and that is the case for most of the population. So remember to never feel shy or embarrassed about it.

Can you exercise your way to bigger boobs?

No, you can’t. If this was actually a thing, you would see women everywhere in the world flocking to gyms and trying to outperform each other in their quest for bigger boobs. As it turns out, there is no exercise in the world that is going to make your breasts grow, and the reason is simple: your breasts aren’t made of muscle, but of tissue, which means that even if under that tissue there are muscles, you can’t work them out to a bigger breast size. You can, however, perform certain exercises in order to make your breasts look firmer and perkier, which isn’t a bad thing at all. As for size, forget about exercises completely, as it won’t get you a larger bra.

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Genetics are important when it comes to breast size?

Simply put, yes. While genetics isn’t the only factor that influences breast size, it plays an important part as some women are just destined to bigger breasts. But overall, it’s a combination of genetics and environmental factors that ultimately determines breast size. For example, gaining weight can result in larger breasts, so even a small weight gain can make a change. Other aspects can be attributed to genetics, such as breast volume, breast shape and sagging, and in an example of two sisters with different breast sizes, these could also be influenced by your family genes, despite the differences.

Breast implants are for life?

So, you decided to increase your breast size by resorting to the popular method of getting a boob job? Are you wondering if that silicone gel is going to stay intact for the rest of your life? Well, we’re sorry to break this to you, but now and then you have to replace them, because there is always a risk of rupture. Breast implants have a 10-year warranty in the United States, which means that you should be on the lookout around that time, and that is if the implants don’t give you any trouble before that.

Is breast cancer genetic?

This isn’t as simple as it sounds. While there is some truth to it and genetics may actually play a part in developing breast cancer, less than 10% of breast cancer is genetic. The risk comes mostly from having the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, and not having a history of breast cancer in the family doesn’t mean that it can’t happen to you. Remember to check yourself regularly as well as doing the necessary exams, as this disease can happen to anyone.

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Why do we occasionally have hairs on the nipples?

This is a normal occurrence and happens quite a few times during our lifetime, there is nothing to worry about. Hormonal surges are responsible for some hair growth around the nipples, and this is more visible in some women than others.

What can be harmful to the breasts?

The answer to this question is a simple one: anything that is harmful to your body will also compromise the health of your breasts. Excessive alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, fried foods, butter, high-fat meat, dairy and a lack of vitamin D are all things that can and will have a negative effect on your breasts. Several studies are now examining the effects of environmental health hazards on boobs, with things such as pesticides, chemicals, radiation, flame retardants and more being suspected of causing breast cancer.

Is the size of your breasts an indication of how much milk you’ll make?

Sometimes, new moms who are learning all about breastfeeding tend to think that their breast size is related to the quantity of milk that they are able to produce. However, there is no correlation between breast size and milk quantity. Their size would only be important if the breasts did not change during pregnancy, and as you probably know by now, this is something that happens most of the times. Naturally, you won’t be able to tell how much milk you’ll be capable of producing based on the size of your breasts.

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