MYTH : The average female breast size is a C-cup.
FACT : Women come in all shapes and sizes---from AAA to KK (and beyond). The fastest growing segment of the bra industry is the larger cup sizes of DD and above. No one is sure why women’s breasts are getting bigger, but it has little to do with increased rates of breast augmentations.
MYTH : Breast development ends in your early to mid-teens
FACT : Many women don't achieve their full boob growth until their mid-20s and breast tissue continues to change all the way through menopause. You may be an early or a late boob-bloomer!
MYTH : You'll wear the same bra cup and band most of your life
FACT : Bra manufacturers estimate a woman wears 6 to 8 different sizes over the course of her lifetime. Breasts are more like moving targets on our chest, often changing two different sizes in one month.
MYTH : Breasts are meant to be perfectly symmetrical
FACT : Most women have two different breasts on their chests and they are rarely “twins.”Just call them 'girls'..lol
MYTH : Men prefer women with bigger breasts
FACT: Studies show that women over estimate the size of breasts that men prefer. Partners are more accepting of our bodies and seem to be happy to be around any breasts at all...except Nigerian men! lol
MYTH : Women who opt for breast implants always do so to increase their cup size
FACT: The majority of women who have breast augmentations are married, with two kids (average age 34). Since breasts are mostly made of fat and not muscle, implants are the only way to add back volume lost from pregnancy. They may or may not choose to go bigger, and many others choose to change their implant size over time. Alternatively, just because a woman has large breasts doesn't mean she had a boob job.
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MYTH : Women with small breasts can't breastfeed.
FACT : Breast size is determined more by the amount of fat stored in a woman’s chest, not her underlying milk glands. Milk production is regulated by baby’s nursing demands. Many larger breasted women have difficulty with latch on and positioning due to their increased size.
MYTH : If you don’t wear a bra, your breasts will sag.
FACT : No one really knows what keeps our breasts afloat. It may have more to do with your DNA than anything we wrap around our breasts. Weight gain and loss, plus smoking decrease elasticity and lead to sagging skin. Although studies show that it’s important to have the proper support when you exercise so that you don’t stretch or break down breast tissue.
MYTH: Breast implants will have to be replaced
FACT : For the most part, breast augmentation/lifts with implants need to be revised after 10-15 years because the implant may have degenerated. But more likely there will be a change in the shape of the breast because of gravity, having children, and/or breastfeeding.
MYTH : You will wear the same bra size your entire life
FACT : There is no one-size fits all rule when it comes to your breasts. The size and shape will change over time depending on what stage of life you are in. When you are pregnant and/or nursing your breasts will increase significantly. Some women see a one or two cup change. Women going through menopause will actually see a reduction in their breast size sometimes. And anytime you gain or lose weight you can expect for the band size of your bra to change. It's important to get resized every year to be sure that you are wearing the proper bra. Wearing a bra that doesn't fit can contribute to several health issues including: indigestion, backache and migraines
MYTH : Underwire bras increase your chances of getting breast cancer
FACT : Small studies in the past have tried to say that there might be a correlation between wearing a bra with an underwire and getting breast cancer. Their research had to do with blood flow restriction but there is no evidence to substantiate or support the claims. So go right ahead and buy an underwire bra!
MYTH : Deodorant causes cancer
FACT : A study was done years ago that there might be a link between antiperspirant and breast cancer because of the aluminum in it. Plain deodorants don't have any aluminum in them and are safe. But reports suggest that aluminum can be absorbed through the skin if you cut yourself shaving. The National Cancer Institute and the FDA hasn't found any evidence that that any of these ingredients cause cancer. But if you want to be on the safe side avoid buying antiperspirants and stick to plain deodorant.
MYTH : You can't get cancer after you've had a mastectomy
FACT : Unfortunately, after having a mastectomy you may still be susceptible to cancer. It can reoccur on the chest wall, which is called the pectoralis muscle. If you've had a nipple sparing mastectomy then cancer can present itself in the nipple. Although it's rare, cancer could grow in the lymph nodes even if you've had an axillary node dissection. Cancer can always occur in other areas of the body and the fact that you've already had cancer leaves you more at risk for developing other kinds, like ovarian and colon cancers. So be vigilant about taking your medications and going for follow-up doctor's visits
MYTH : The left breast is bigger than the right breast.
FACT : This is a condition called asymmetry and almost all women have some difference in the size of their breasts. Although it might be difficult to notice, 75 percent of women have a left breast that is larger than the right one. In some women the discrepancy can be almost an entire cup size. If it truly bothers you, talk to your doctor about breast augmentation.
MYTH : You can't breastfeed if you've had breast implants
FACT : This is a complicated answer because there are several variables involved. For the most part it is true - you can breastfeed if you've had breast implants. That is, if the incision was made in the armpit, under the breast or in the areola. If you've had this type of surgery then it is most likely that your milk ducts are still intact. For women who've had a breast lift with implants and the incision goes all the way around the nipple there is a chance that you may not be able to breastfeed because the milk ducts would have been severed behind the nipple. You won't know this however, until you speak with your plastic surgeon
STRANGE FACT : Men Lactate too (weird but true!), It’s exceptionally rare, but since men possess mammary glands just like women do, they have the capacity to produce milk. When male lactation happens, it’s usually because of hormonal treatments for diseases like cancer.