Healthy Breasts and Nipples: Do You Know the New Normal?

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There is something about a woman’s breasts that makes them attractive, not just in the eyes of men, but also among women. Come one, ladies. You can’t help but look at the girl with big boobs. At times, you secretly hope that yours are as big as hers. After all, you’re tired of being mistaken as an 18-year old girl who just finished high school.

Because of this scenario, many women long for bigger breasts, since they are not happy with what they have. If you are one of them, then you should know that your breasts will undergo a series of changes all throughout your life span.

If you are happy with your cup size right now, there is no assurance that it is not going to sag or get bigger when the right time comes.

However, the real challenge is differentiating what is normal from what is not. And the question that needs to be answered now is whether you are carefully paying attention to your twin mountains.

To help you better, here are things you should know about the normal breast physiology from the not-so-normal one.

1. Nipples And Breasts During Your Younger Years

By the time you say hello to the world, your nipple and the milk duct system are formed. You may not notice it when you were five, since the milk duct system is still in its early stages.

By the time you hit puberty, your ovaries will start to produce and release estrogen, the female hormone. At the same time, fat within the connective tissues of your breasts will start to build up and accumulate, thus making it bigger.

During this stage, raised nipples, swelling and darker areola or the skin surrounding the nipple are common. Once you start to visit the Red Town, aka menstruation, your breasts will form secretory glands located at the end of the milk duct. This, and lobules, will further develop as the milk duct system becomes mature.

2. Your Breasts During Red Days

Sure, it only visits you once a month, but red days can be annoying and, hmm, painful. Think about Floyd Mayweather, Jr., giving you a light punch on your stomach. Not good, right? Plus, your breasts feel tender, too.

So, what happens during menstrual cycle, particularly in your twin puppies?

The levels of estrogen and progesterone change during your menstrual period. As a result, you will experience symptoms, such as tender, over-sensitive or painful breasts, or even swollen boobies due to temporary fluid retention.

That is normal and there is nothing to worry. Once the time is up, your breasts will go back to normal and you can go jumping again minus the pain.

3. More Women Are Paying More Attention To Breasts Compared To 20 Years Ago

Here’s a simple task for you. During your trip to the department store, visit the lingerie section and check out the bra sizes each brand offers. You might be surprised to find out that they have cup sizes that can go as big as G. Does this mean breast sizes have gone up?

Well, Not Exactly.

bra sizesAccording to a research conducted by Intimacy, a bra manufacturer brand, boobs are not getting bigger day-by-day. The real reason why bra sizes can go as back as G is because people today are paying more attention to the size they actually have.

Going back decades ago, American market carried only less than 20 sizes of bras. This means women with F or G cup sizes had to squeeze in their boobs into the biggest bra they could find, even if they were not comfortable with it.

Today, women have choices in terms of bra size that will fit them perfectly. And you know the importance of finding the right bra fit for you, right?

This is perhaps the reason why bra sizes these days have increases dramatically. Bra manufacturers realize that there are women with bigger cup sizes than needs a perfectly fit bra to support their well-endowed chests.

4. The Pregnant Boobies

Do you want to increase your boobs the natural way? Aside from eating estrogen-rich foods and giving your puppies a breast massage for 10 minutes everyday, one of the easiest and sure-fire hit to increase your cup size is to get pregnant.

How Is That Possible?

Think about tender breasts during your menstrual period. Your body goes through the same hormonal changes when you are pregnant, except that your body is preparing itself for breastfeeding.

More lobules are formed, which can result to augmented milk ducts, while your areola gets darker even during the first trimester.

Aside from the increase in breast size and sore or tender boobies, your breasts are able to produce milk by the sixth month of pregnancy. This is when your nipples and areola also gets darker, since experts hypothesize that it will be easier for the baby to find your nipple, since s/he can only distinguish light and dark.

5. Uneven Breasts.

You must have watched that episode where Jennifer Lawrence candidly told Jimmy Kimmel about her uneven breasts. Aside from proving the fact that JLaw is still a mortal, more women are speaking up about uneven or lopsided breasts and there is nothing to be ashamed.

So, Are Asymmetrical Breasts Normal?

Asymmetrical BreastsSurprisingly, yes. It is common and yes, normal for breasts to become bigger than the other, especially when you prefer to nurse on one side only.

At the same time, poor body alignment, weight loss or gain, hormonal imbalances and even the dominance of one hand can lead to uneven breasts.

The good news is there are tricks that can help you deal with asymmetrical boobies. Choosing your bra wisely is one, and making sure that you don’t favor the bigger breast is another. Breast pads and breast massage are also things you can do to maintain symmetry. When all else fails and lopsided breasts are bothering you, you can consider breast surgery.

6. The Nipple Talk

Women will have different breast sizes, which is highly dependent on genes and changes in their bodies. However, there is one part in the breast area that you also need to pay attention too – your nipples. Just like breasts, nipples come in different sizes, shapes and colors.

Here are different nipple conditions and find out what is normal from one that needs medical intervention.

  • Bumps Around The Nipples – It may seem alarming, especially during pregnancy, but those bumps in the nipple area actually have a purpose.
    Known as Montgomery glands or areolar skin glands, these funny bumps secrete a liquid that keeps the nipple area lubricated.
    Just make sure not to squeeze them to avoid infection.
  • scissorsHair Around The Nipple – This is also normal since the areola have hair follicles, too.
    If you want to get rid of them, trim the hair carefully using scissors.
    Avoid plucking since it can get the follicles infected. However, if you notice that too much hair is growing on the nipple area that looks like a man hair, get yourself checked. There may be too much androgen in your body, which can lead to hirsutism.
  • Puffy Or Flat Nipples – There’s nothing to worry here, ladies. Flat nipples are fine and common especially among teens. It will poke out eventually especially during pregnancy since this is the stage where your skin’s elasticity changes. And if it didn’t poke out? Don’t worry too. You can still breastfeed, even with flat nipples.
  • Hard Nipples – Yes, still normal. If you get cold or got goose bumps, or your man decided to surprise you by kissing your neck, it is normal to get hard nipples. It is a normal reaction, since there are muscles in the nipple area that can work similarly with goose bumps.
  • Inverted Nipples – This is also normal and nothing to worry about. It could be like that by the time you were born or during the breast development. If it bothers you, you can use a niplette or a thimble-like device that can help your nipples stick out.
  • Stretch Marks In The Breast Area – This is also normal, especially during sudden weight loss and pregnancy. The good news is, they can fade over time and match the color of your skin.
  • Nipple Discharge – Hmmm, it depends. You can get spontaneous discharges once your breasts are fully developed. This is generally white in color that appear in small amounts. This is also normal after exercise or breast massage. However, if you notice any changes in color, don’t hesitate to consult a doctor and have yourself checked.
  • belly buttonExtra Nipple – Believe it or not, there are few who have extra nipples or breasts in their body, usually below the breast or above the belly button. This may not be a health concern although extra nipples can cause embarrassment.  

One thing is for sure: it is difficult to strike a balance between what is normal and what is not when it comes to breasts. After all, every woman is different, right? When it comes to boob talk, check out this list. It will help you differentiate whether a certain breast condition requires medical intervention or not.

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