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For many women all their problems would be solved if they just had bigger breasts. At the same time an equal amount of women wished they had smaller breasts.

Why? The media plays a huge part in making people feel this way, every time we look at celebrities we see fake breasts and plastic surgery - making us feel that whatever we have is just not good enough. Nowadays people are confused with what is actually 'natural' and what is un-natural thanks to the media and celebrity world.

The most important thing is that women need to be happy with what they have got - being happy in their own skin. It may be easier said than done but accepting your own body and making the most of what you have got will make a huge difference to a woman's self-esteem.

Also, many men prefer women to be natural and falseness is a turn-off because the celebrity world is not real life.


Warning! The following images show the female breasts in graphic detail. Here we demonstrate through a gallery of photos, wide variations in the breasts of normal healthy women. Differences in sizes and shapes of breasts should not be a cause for alarm or concern. Parental guidance is recommended 


Some Breast Facts

  • During puberty, the female body produces the hormone oestrogen, which causes the breasts to grow
  • Puberty in girls typically begins between the ages of 8 and 15.
  • It can take about five years for the breasts to reach their 'final' size
  • Very few breasts are symmetrical: most women have one larger than the other or one that hangs lower than the other
  • Breasts are made up of between 15 and 20 'lobes' each containing clusters of glands that produce milk. The remainder of the breast is made up of fatty and connective tissue
  • The size of the breast does not affect a woman's ability to breastfeed
  • In later life, the glands in the breasts shrink and the fat content increases. This can cause some women's breasts to grow while others may notice a reduction in size
  • The dark area of skin surrounding the nipple is called the areola and this often darkens further during pregnancy
  • Like breasts, nipples come in all shapes and sizes and can be pointed, flat or even inverted
  • Some women experience pain and tenderness in their breasts around the time of their period, this is linked to hormonal changes in the body
  • There is no 'normal' shape for breasts, however, the NHS advises that women should be aware of any sudden changes in the shape, texture or size of their breasts and voice any concerns to their GP
  • Breast cancer accounts for 1 in 3 cases of cancer in women.

Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples are common. If they have been that way for a long time there is unlikely to be any problem. If it has only happened over the past year or so a doctor should be consulted, particularly if there are any lumps or discharges. If you are concerned about your breasts book an appointment to see your GP.



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