11 Ways Your Breasts Can Change in Your 20s & 30s

Carolyn Steber, Bustle: July 5, 2016

Breasts can be both a blessing and a curse. And regardless of their size or shape, breasts can change in your 20s and 30s to the point where you may be left stunned, annoyed, or even worried. […]

2. They Will Probably Fluctuate In Size

Breasts can fluctuate in size for a seemingly unending list of reasons. […]

3. They Can Get Stretch Marks

As your breast size changes — due to weight gain, weight loss, or pregnancy — you may notice little lines starting to appear on your skin. These are stretch marks, and they can show up regardless of your age or skin color. […]

4. You May Find Lumps & Bumps

“Fibrocystic change, which is a very common condition characterized by benign lumps in one or both breasts, often emerges when women are in their 20s,” said Zahra Barnes, in an interview with Lisa Jacobs, M.D., on Women’s Health. You should get them checked out, but they are usually nothing to worry about. […]

6. Your Nipples May Protrude

Another post-pregnancy milestone to expect is larger nipples, as well as darker areolas. And these changes can end up being permanent. […]

10. One May Be Larger Than The Other

Most breasts aren’t the same size. The causes are numerous, from misaligned posture, to hormones, to pregnancy. Other times, it may be due to those underlying fibroids, according to Arpana M. Naik, MD, on HealthyWomen.org. […]

11. Your Boobs Become Something To Look After

If you find something concerning, make an appointment with your gynecologist, ASAP. Mammograms aren’t really something you need to think about until you’re 50, according to Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D. and Anna E. Mazzucco, Ph.D. on StopCancerFund.org. If you have a family history of breast cancer, however, those scans may need to start earlier. Talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.

For the most part, being in your 20s and 30s means having healthy, happy boobs. But if any of the above changes occur, do bring it up with your doctor. It’s better to get things checked out, then to assume everything is a-OK […]

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