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are my breasts normal?

We’ve all grown up with images of what the “perfect breasts” should look like. Whether it’s in magazines, films, advertisements, or TV, they all seem perfectly symmetrical, rounded, and perky, which might fill us with self-doubt and insecurity. It’s no wonder that questions about our boobs often arise: are they too small? Too big? Are they sagging? Why are my nipples flat? It can be difficult to embrace our own beauty when we’re constantly reminded of what the ideal woman should look like. 

And yet, breasts – and nipples – come in all sizes and shapes. No two women are the same, and neither are their breasts. Whether our breasts are asymmetrical, have a unique shape, or have different sizes, what’s important is feeling comfortable in our own skin, and accepting our personal journey.

Why are my breasts changing? 

If you notice growth, tenderness, or changes in shape, it’s a sign of your body evolving. Breasts start growing during puberty, but how they grow varies from person to person. Sometimes they will grow slowly, and sometimes it will seem like they’ve developed overnight. 

Breasts change throughout a woman’s lifetime. They are mainly made up of fat, so will change if we lose or gain weight. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and aging also affect the size and shape of breasts, and it’s perfectly normal for stretch marks to appear if our body changes rapidly.

Are my nipples normal? 

We said above that breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and the same goes for nipples, which vary from one person to another. Some stick out, while others are flat or inverted, looking more like slits. It’s also possible to have one breast with a protruding nipple while the other one is inverted, or to have hairs growing on them. Feeling tiny bumps around your nipples? Those are the hair follicles, which both men and women have.

Nipples, along with the circular area surrounding them called the areola, can be different colors too. These usually depend on our skin tone, and can be light pink to brownish black.  Colour can change due to temperature, pregnancy, and aging, which usually causes them to get darker. 

My breasts ache, do I need to worry?

It is common to experience breast pain and it is often not a cause for concern. It can happen during hormonal changes and at different times in the menstrual cycle: the medical term for this is mastalgia. Typically this happens right before a period starts, and it can range from minor discomfort to so severe that it’s painful to wear tight-fitting clothing. In many cases, the discomfort is benign and will go away by itself. 

However, if the pain is persistent, you see unusual changes in the breast tissue, or if you notice any lumps, it’s always better to consult with a healthcare professional. Regular check-ups and open communication with your healthcare provider are important if you have any concerns. 

How do I know if something is wrong with my breasts?

Touch is your ally here. Get to know your breasts through self-examinations. A normal breast feels smooth, with no distinct lumps or changes in texture. Familiarise yourself with their natural state – this will make it easier to identify any unusual changes. 

Remember, changes can occur throughout your menstrual cycle, so pay attention to what feels normal for you. If you notice persistent changes, such as lumps, dimpling, or nipple discharge, don’t hesitate – consult a healthcare professional. Early detection is key, and your wellbeing is the top priority.

Breasts undergo many changes during puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding and throughout our lives generally. Whatever their size, shape or colour, they are a marker of the unique journey our bodies take us on. As you navigate these changes, remember: our bodies are a marvel, and seeking guidance from healthcare professionals during moments of uncertainty is an empowering act. We should always prioritise our wellbeing, and any concerns about breasts should not be dismissed. 

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