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Eleven Things You Didn’t Know About Your Breasts

From the time we’re young adolescent girls and beyond, our breasts seemingly define us as women. It’s what sets us apart and sparsely makes our anatomy feminine. Despite the fact that they grace our frame for years, there are still many things we don’t know or understand about them.

Here are a few:

  1. Our breasts have hair. That’s right, almost all women have a small portion of hair around their nipples. The number of the hairs is dependent upon both the hair color and skin color of your nipples. For instance, if you have dark colored hair, like brunette or black, the hairs will be a lot noticeable than if you had blonde or lightly brown colored hair or skin.
  2. Nipple size varies. One nipple may very well be larger than the other. The direction in which each nipple faces may also be different depending upon the structure of your breasts. In some women, the shape and size of each of their breast may also vary.
  3. How much does your breast weigh? If many of us had to guess, we would probably guess incorrectly. More often, than not, our breasts appear to be heavier than they really are. On average an A cup breast weighs about 100 grams while a D cup can weigh up to, but no more than 450 grams.
  4. Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Breasts. Our body undergoes weekly changes in hormones. These changes also cause a fluctuation in our breast tissues. After our menstrual cycle has ended, the level of our hormones decreases resulting in the softening of our breast tissue. In the midst of our menstrual cycle, typically in the middle of the process, our estrogen levels increase resulting in an increase in our nipples sensitivity. Approximately a week before our menstrual cycle begins and within the time frame it begins, progesterone is released causing our breasts to become more tense.
  5. Visit the Doctor when Your Breast Have Softened. The best time to visit a physician is when your breast have softened. This typically takes place right after your menstrual cycle has ended. At this time, your breasts are in a relaxed state allowing for ease in detecting abnormal swellings or any other deficiencies.
  6. Breasts can be easily sunburned. Because the material used to create swimsuits is most often very thin, the likelihood of getting a sunburn on your breasts is very great. To avoid this apply sunblock with UVA and UVB protection. You might also consider wearing a bra of some sort under your swimsuit.
  7. The way you sleep has an effect on the shape of your breasts. Over the course of time, sleeping on your stomach may cause your breasts to change shape. The recommended way to sleep is on your side, with a pillow placed under your bust line for support.
  8. Exercising affects your breast. If you fail to wear the proper bra to support your breasts while exercising, it could lead to loss of elasticity within your breasts. Outside of this, doing various pectoral exercises can raise your breast, strengthening them and causing them to become firmer.
  9. Bra size is inherited. The size of your breasts is inherited from both your mother and father’s side of the family.
  10. Breasts stop growing. The shape of your breasts is determined during puberty and they typically stop growing at the age of twenty. The only time they tend to grow beyond this age is due to weight gain or pregnancy.
  11. Pregnancy Affects Nipple Color. The color of your nipple tends to change during pregnancy, often becoming darker, to make it easier for your infant child to find it’s food source. Typically, the nipples never regain their original color after this transition.
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