Should You Worry If One Of Your Boobs Is Bigger Than The Other?

December 22, 2017

|Sara Araujo
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Asymmetrical boobs are just another way of nature saying that we don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

When it comes to breasts, one of our biggest concerns is the size they come in. They might be too big that they're uncomfortable, or too small and kinda depressing. It’s completely normal to feel this way. Boobs will always come in different shapes and sizes, and it goes without saying that they’re all beautiful no matter what. Let’s say we’re actually okay with the pair we got. What happens when the size between them is not the same? I know, it sounds scary and even alarming, but don’t panic. Because as a matter of fact, having asymmetric boobs is more common than you think.


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Health expert Jennifer Wider MD sustains that asymmetrical boobs are a prevalent condition among women all over the world. It will come as a surprise, but she has stated that having different-sized breasts can be more common than same-sized breasts. Yes, you read this right. Supporting this affirmation, surgical oncologist Nazanin Khakpour MD explains that boobs, “are sisters, not twins.” Even though some people tend to actually call them twins, in the end they’re more like dizygotic twins (the non-identical kind of siblings). This applies to all kinds of size difference, from the most subtle to the really evident kind. Therese B. Bevers MD, medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center, assures that, “some women have a one or two cup size difference between their breasts.” But, why can they be so different?


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Regarding boobs, the size has a lot to do with losing and gaining weight. Since our chest is partly made up of fat, the size can change drastically if our weight does. But as the body reshapes itself after losing or gaining weight, our breasts work in the same way. It may sound odd, but this is why we can end up having a significant size gap between them, but there’s nothing to worry about. In the end, not even our feet, our nasal cavities our eyes, or our hands are exactly identical, so why should our boobs be perfect?


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But weight is not everything that matters. The size of some of our body parts is also influenced by genetics. Sherry Ross MD, a female health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, says that, “A lot of this is dictated by your genes, and if your mom and grandmother have mismatched boobs, the odds are pretty high that you do too.” Evidently, we can’t control the genes we’re going to inherit, so that’s pretty much a matter of probability.


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One thing I must add regarding asymmetrical boobs is that, while they're completely normal, you should pay special attention if this is something new. If your breasts suddenly feel asymmetrical, and there’s not a genetic factor that may explain this or a significant weight loss/gain, then it may be time to go to the doctor, especially if the size difference comes with a change of color or thickness in your skin. Dr. Bevers adds, “There’s a very good possibility that it’s a benign tumor, but any new symptoms warrant medical attention.”


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I don’t mean to scare you and induce fatalistic ideas. It’s more of an awareness recommendation that you should keep in mind if something weird comes up. That’s why it's important to have a monthly check up, to make sure everything’s still okay. Fortunately, there’s a lot of information out there about breast care and easy routines to keep them healthy. Just love your boobs! Don’t get too scared or saddened if they’re not perfectly shaped or even, they’re still beautiful! Just make sure to keep a good eye on them from time to time and make sure they’re healthy and fine.




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Sara Araujo

Sara Araujo


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