Breast Friends For­ever

They’ve been with you since pu­berty, but how much do you ac­tu­ally know about your boobs – and how they’ll change through­out the dif­fer­ent stages of your life? Here’s a break­down.

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In your 20s: en­joy the perks!

This pe­riod is when your breasts look and feel the firmest, as they com­prise more fi­brous con­nec­tive tis­sue than fatty tis­sue. And while your breasts have fully de­vel­oped, they can still change in size due to fluc­tu­a­tions in hor­mone lev­els and your weight.

In your 30s: same same, but dif­fer­ent

Your breasts will re­tain much of their elas­tic­ity and firm­ness, but will feel softer as you ap­proach your late 30s and more con­nec­tive tis­sue is re­placed with fat. If you’ve gone through preg­nancy, the skin of your breasts might start to stretch due to weight fluc­tu­a­tions.

In your 40s: sags and the city

Breast sag­ging and de­clin­ing elas­tic­ity is in­evitable. This is be­cause your breasts will be­come less dense as you age and the sag-pre­vent­ing col­la­gen starts to break down. The older you are, the higher the risk of breast can­cer, so go for reg­u­lar check­ups and mam­mo­grams.

Dur­ing preg­nancy: get swole

This is a whole topic unto it­self, but in a nut­shell, your breasts will be­come big­ger and have darker veins, your nip­ples will get big­ger and stick out more, and your are­o­las will be­come darker.

After child­birth and breast­feed­ing: milk it for what it’s worth

Some women who didn’t breast­feed find that their breasts pretty much re­turned to how they were be­fore prepreg­nancy, while oth­ers re­ported changes in cup size and shape. If you breast­feed, you’ll find that your breasts be­come less dense after you stop, since your body will stop pro­duc­ing the milk that’s fill­ing them up. The size of your breasts will re­vert back to how it was pre-preg­nancy, but know that it won’t be as perky as be­fore.

After menopause: thanks for the mam­maries

Ac­cord­ing to a re­view by Univer­sity of Rochester Med­i­cal Cen­ter, this is when the milk-pro­duc­ing breast tis­sues shrink and lose shape, so the fullest part of your breasts will start to sag. Some parts of your breast might get fat­tier, due to loss of the afore­men­tioned fi­brous con­nec­tive tis­sue, so don’t be sur­prised if your lady lumps be­come, well, lumpier. Keep an eye on th­ese lumps – if they feel firmer than usual, get them checked by a doc­tor.

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