10 Interesting Facts You Should Know About Breasts
Often noticed just for their aesthetic appeal, we forget how integral breasts are to a woman’s body. After all, they’re a source of nourishment for a new born baby. Today we’re going to look past the superficial level and improve our understanding of breasts. Some quick checks: Did you know that about 80% of women wear the wrong bra size? In fact, a staggering 46% never monitor themselves for breast cancer?
Let’s look at these in detail and uncover more facts about breasts:
1. Breast sizes can differ
It’s normal for one breast to bigger than the other. In fact, having perfectly symmetrical breasts is very rare. Usually the left breast tends to bigger than the right one. You can expect up to a 20% different in size between one breast and another. What’s more, your breast size can change, week on week, based on your menstrual cycles and hormones.
2. Most women are wearing the wrong-sized bra
Yes, 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size. Multiple studies have been done across the world by lingerie brand giants including Victoria’s Secrets and Wacoal America that conclusively state that well more than half the women in the world are wearing the wrong bra size. This has been contributed to a variety of factors including bra makers not keeping up with the changing, larger body sizes of women, breast augmentation surgeries, denial of size and body shape, and never getting fitted by a professional.
3. The third nipple exists (and, it’s more common than you think)
Having a third nipple or supernumerary nipple is more common than you think. Often mistaken for a mole, this condition is known as polythelia or polymastia. According to the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Centre, 1-5% of the people in the world have a third nipple. More common in men than women, they are lesser developed than the main nipples and may not even be in line with your pecs. They can start anywhere from the armpits all the way down to your privates, typically on the front of the torso.
4. Breastfeeding is beneficial
Studies have shown multiple long-term benefits for mums who breast feed their children. These include reduced risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, obesity, heart disease and weakening of bones.
5. Your breasts weigh less than you think
With B-Cup being the most common breast size around the world, it is said that most women are carrying about 499g of weight in their breasts which contributes 4-5% to their body fat.
6. You cannot increase your breast size naturally
There’s no natural way to increase your breast size. So, don’t fall for contraptions, pills or other hoax remedies that claim to be able to be able to do so. Cosmetic surgery and botox are the only ways; however, exercising the pectoral muscles and certain yoga poses can help improve the appearance of the breast by making them appear firmer, perkier, less saggy and therefore visually bigger.
7. Breasts and nipples change during pregnancy
Along with fuller breasts, your nipples will get darker during pregnancy. The fluctuation in hormone levels triggers an increased release in melanin which is responsible for pigmentation in the body. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal and typically the nipple goes back to its original shade a little after child birth and breast feeding.
8. Smoking makes your breasts sag
Women who smoke tend to have saggier breasts. Like in the rest of the body, smoking leads to a break down of collagen and elastin in the skin causing premature ageing and reduced elasticity. So quit smoking at once and forever.
9. There’s a reason men have nipples
Men have nipples despite not being able to nurse because all foetuses (male and female) have the same genetic blueprint when they’re conceived. Sexual differentiation where the testosterone and Y chromosome kick in happens about a week after nipple development.
10. Breast cancer can affect men too
Men can get breast cancer too. Even though they have a relatively smaller amount of breast tissue, much like girls before they get their period, this breast tissue can develop cancerous cells. So, while it’s more common in women than men, it’s not unheard of.
UPDATE: We’re leaving you with an image of milk ducts in female breasts that went viral recently. While the internet is divided on how they feel about this revelation of the female anatomy, what are your thoughts?
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