Hate ‘em or love ‘em, for better or for worse, boobs are here to stay. Just look at TV, Instagram or the advertising industry – the impeccable busts of celebrities and supermodels are pretty much everywhere. And therein lies one of the biggest problems. For those of us who didn’t luck out in the genetic lottery, comparing ourselves to photoshopped examples of flawless DDs is a recipe for disaster.
Noticing Natural Changes to Your Body
Be honest, we’re all guilty of doing the post-shower showdown with the mirror, cataloguing all the strange and new things our body has decided to do – stretchmarks, wrinkles, lumps and bumps. Every day sees some sort of development, and not even your boobs are immune.
With puberty out the way, you might have thought they were done growing, changing shape and occasionally being a hassle, but a variety of factors will alter your breasts throughout your life.
Knowing in advance what those are and how they’re likely to affect you can make them easier to deal with. With that in mind, we’re talking through some of the changes you might experience throughout your life. Take a look.
By around age 18-20 you’ll most likely be past the pangs of puberty, but don’t rest easy – your boobs still haven’t stopped growing. Weight fluctuations and hormone cycles will see your cup size vary accordingly during your 20s.
It’s also important to keep an eye out for any lumps or bumps, as this is when fibrocystic breast symptoms are likely to start appearing.
You’ve seen 13 Going On 30, right? (If you haven’t, you should get on that straight away) Basically, it centres on the idea that women are most confident in their 30s – a source of much jealousy for the 13-year-old protagonist.
And when it comes to your bust, it’s not entirely wrong. Gravity hasn’t had much chance to work its terrible magic yet, so your breasts will naturally look their fullest and perkiest during these golden years (although there are also plenty of contour tricks for faking it as well).
Hopefully, despite the continuing hormonal and weight fluctuations, you’re feeling great about your body as you go through your 30s.
After puberty, childbirth is one of the next big life events that will have a profound effect on your bust, in terms of both size and appearance. Should you choose to become pregnant, your nipples will likely change colour and tenderness will increase – as will your size.
Whether you breastfeed or not, your boobs are likely to become less dense and full after giving birth. Although it’s a change lots of women struggle to feel confident about afterwards, have no fear – there are plenty of solutions, from exercising to breast augmentation or ingeniously engineered bras.
Once menopause hits you’ll again watch your body and bust miraculously change before your eyes. Except it’s not really that miraculous. It’s just all those pesky hormones you’d almost forgotten about gearing back up again. As well as feeling less firm and changing shape, gravity is also starting to take hold, so your breasts will sit lower down on your frame.
After menopause, you’re more likely to experience weight gain, meaning it’s possible your boobs will increase in size once again. But, as with all the changes and factors we’ve discussed, there’s no one clear pattern that every woman will notice or identify with. The way your boobs look and behave will never be identical to anyone else’s.