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YOU ASKED IT: THE TWINS AREN’T IDENTICAL

My boobs are two different sizes. Is this normal? I feel really self-conscious about it!

 

In a word, yes! Completely normal. When the most in-your-face boobs on billboards and TV are often airbrushed or augmented, it’s easy to feel like your body doesn’t measure up. But most people aren’t completely symmetrical–boobs included! In younger teens, especially, it’s normal for breasts to develop unevenly. And while they might even out later, they probably still won’t be total twins–most adults also have slight differences in the size and shape of their breasts. It’s likely that no one but you will notice any discrepancy, but if your breasts are really bugging you, there are padded bras and inserts that you can buy that will make your breasts appear identical under clothes. And if you’re feeling self-conscious about getting naked with a future partner, don’t worry–when clothes come off, no one’s mind is on pulling out a tape-measure!

Keep paying attention to your boobs! It’s an important part of your health maintenance to know how your breasts feel so that you can recognize any abnormalities. Monitor them throughout your menstrual cycle for changes, and if you have any symptoms such as pain, discharge, skin changes, or lumps, let your medical provider know so they can rule out something serious. Your not-so-cookie-cutter boobs, though, are nothing to worry about–they’re just part of what makes you unique!

For more info about checking your breasts, here’s how to do a breast self-exam.  It’s a good habit to get into!

ABOUT YOU ASKED IT

You’ve got questions.  We’ve got answers. At the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, we answer a lot of questions. Topics range from nutrition to pregnancy prevention, and everything in between. Now, we’re bringing these questions back to you with our new weekly advice column, You Asked It. Got a question? Holler at us in the comments, send us a message on Facebook or Twitter, or email us at teenhealthcareorg@gmail.com

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