Types of boobs
Each woman has her own breast shape and size.
There are several basic varieties of breast shapes:
- Round. The breasts are equally full at the top and at the bottom.
- East West. The right and left mammary glands go from the center to the sides. The nipples often point in opposite directions.
- Side set (widely set). The shape is similar to the East West, but the space between the breasts is bigger.
- Teardrop. The breast is round. The bottom is slightly wider than the top, characterized by very smooth lines.
- Narrow. The mammary glands are thin, and the nipples look down. The bottom is fuller than the top, where the nipple is located. The length of the breasts is bigger than their width.
- Asymmetrical. One breast is noticeably bigger than the other.
- Bell shape. Large breasts, full at the bottom, slimmer at the top.
The shape and size of the breasts are determined genetically, but they can change as a result of pregnancy and lactation, intensive workouts, and sudden weight fluctuations.
Does your breast size change with time?
Breast size, shape, and other parameters are determined genetically.
These individual traits are inherited for life and cannot be corrected by nonsurgical means.
However, you can notice some changes during your menstrual cycle.
The breasts can become bigger temporarily when a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding. Sometimes, it can be related to weight gain and sexual arousal.
Certain medications can cause breast swelling, too. Some women observe this when taking birth control pills.
Interestingly, the average breast size in women tends to increase. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was 34A; nowadays, more women wear 34B–34D bras.
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Asymmetrical breasts are usually normal
There isn’t a single person with a perfectly symmetrical body. So it’s not surprising that the left and right breasts can vary in size, shape, volume, and location.
In 2006, the British scientific journal Breast Cancer Research published experimental data saying that only one woman in 504 had symmetrical breasts.
Earlier, experts from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, found that the left breast is bigger than the right one in 62% of cases.
In some women, the difference isn’t striking, whereas in others, one breast can be one size bigger than the other.
Usually, this is normal, especially in adolescent girls whose bodies are still developing.
If one breast has suddenly become much bigger than the other, you should consult a doctor for your own peace of mind.
What happens to your breasts when you lose weight?
Despite regular workouts and a strict diet, many women find that their thighs and buttocks don’t get slimmer, but their breasts get noticeably smaller.
The explanation is simple: when the body is in a caloric deficit, it starts expending the fat reserves proportionally.
Since the breasts contain not only glandular but also connective and fatty tissues, they’re affected by this process.
The ratio of tissues is determined genetically. In women with a lot of fat, the breasts get smaller more quickly than in women with less fat.
If you want your mammary glands to look fuller when you’re trying to lose weight, strengthen the muscles with strength exercises.
To maintain the elasticity and prevent sagging, experts advise that you not lose weight too quickly, eat healthy foods, and include leafy greens and lean protein in the diet.
Can exercise change your breasts?
You might have heard that the mammary gland consists of glandular, connective, and fatty tissues.
It is not a muscular organ.
Breast shape and size are determined by the amount of fat and its distribution; however, this doesn’t mean that exercising is useless.
Push-ups, and weight exercises that work the pectoral muscles (for instance, dumbbell chest press and others), strengthen them, which makes the breasts rise and look fuller.
Pull-ups, squats, plank variations make the muscles of the back and the shoulder girdle stronger, which improves posture and brings the breasts forward.
By following a healthy diet and doing fat burning exercises such as running, aerobics, and swimming, you can reduce the size of your breasts.