Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. Nipples also vary a lot, both in size and colour.
Breasts are often uneven in size or shape, especially during puberty. Around the age of 20, the difference usually begins to even out.
Breasts are mainly made up of the glands that produce milk. They are joined to the nipple by tubes. The glands are surrounded by fatty tissue.
Your breasts get slightly larger and more sensitive for a few days every month; this happens because hormones are preparing your body for pregnancy. After your period, they go back to their usual size and shape.
Some women feel unhappy about their breast size. They wish they were bigger or smaller or firmer. The size or shape of your breasts has nothing to do with their sensitivity: small breasts are just as sensitive as big ones. Your breasts – their shape and size – are determined by your genes. The shape is also influenced by the surrounding muscles.
You may notice your breasts get bigger or smaller if you put on or lose weight. The size of your breasts can depend on the time of the month, and may also be affected by hormonal contraceptives.
Can I make my breasts bigger?
There is no proof that any exercises can make your breasts grow bigger, and certainly no proof that creams or sprays can. The only possibility is plastic surgery – you can have your breasts enlarged artificially.
Is it normal to have hair growing on my breasts?
Yes. Almost all women have some hair on their breasts, sometimes a very light, fine fuzz, and also stray hairs near the nipples or between the breasts.
If you want to get rid of the hair, plucking is the best option for a few stray hairs. Dip your tweezers in some rubbing alcohol to disinfect them and pluck each hair. You can wipe your skin with rubbing alcohol to prevent infection and smooth on some moisturising lotion. Shaving can cause ingrown hairs.
If you have lots of hair you can try to wax the area, but it’s better to use depilatory cream. Waxing may burn your skin, and you may develop ingrowing hairs unless you exfoliate.
My breasts are sore – why?
When breasts begin to develop during puberty they sometimes feel a bit sore. They can also feel sore and swollen just before your period.
Is it normal to have nipple discharge?
Yes. Breasts can produce fluid in different amounts throughout a young girl’s and woman’s life.
You should be concerned if the fluid:
- is red, pink, or brown in colour,
- comes out all the time (unless you’re pregnant), or
- appears only in one breast.
If this is the case, contact your health care professional for more information.