While all the other parts of your body can only grow to some extent, breasts don’t follow the crowd. To put it in a creepy way, breasts don’t like to fit in, they stand out. Throughout the course of a woman’s life, the size of her breasts keeps fluctuating. There is a normal size which you are used to at your desired weight and health. Then there are the increased and decreased sizes which depend on lots of factors than just genetics. Breast reduction and enhancement are one of the biggest industries in the world of plastic surgery. But you don’t have to go for implants or others forms of surgery to change your breast size. There are many factors that the size of your breasts depends on.
Sex and Arousal
The size of your breasts increases when you are aroused. The increase in blood pressure and heart rate leads to increased blood flow through the breasts. This increased blood supply to the breasts increases them to up to 25% of the normal size and leads to the prominence of veins too. During sex, foreplay and even masturbation, the stiffening or erection of the nipples and expansion in the areolae – the area around the nipple – is a result of sexual arousal and sensation. However, this is a temporary change in size. Once the sex is over and the arousal is gone your breasts will return back to their normal size. Engaging in sex in a frequent and regular manner isn’t going to help keep the increase in breast size either. Rather, you will be ruining your sex life by doing it for the temporary gain instead of the carnal pleasure. As soon as the sudden increase in blood supply ends, the breasts come back to the size they were before the foreplay.
Weight Gain or Weight Loss
Often when surfing through the internet on this topic you will find people recommending different food items that help increase or decrease the size of your breasts. Let me break this to you first: there is no magic ingredient to changing the size of your breasts. The only relation that food has to this is concerned with how much weight you gain or lose. The tissues that make up the structure of breasts are primarily made up of fat. Thus, the more you gain fat, the more they store it and this leads to an increase in the size of your breasts. The converse of this is also true. The commonly held and preached myth about breast size is related to estrogen-type food. You will come across someone or something that says consumption of estrogen rich foods, like soy products, strawberries, peaches, garlic, etc. can lead to an increase in the size of your breasts. But that cannot be farther than the truth. This change in size is really a function of weight gain or loss.
Smoking and Alcohol
There are lots of ways in which smoking and alcoholism are bad. We have all heard of the effect that smoking has on our lungs. But the lesser-known connection is between alcohol and breast cancer. For starters consumption of liquor is directly associated with breast cancer. Even less than one drink per day can lead to increased chances of developing tumors of the breast. While the exact cause of this is unknown, alcohol consumption does boost the levels of estrogen in the body. That’s not good news, in case you were wondering. Increased levels of estrogen in the body are what leads to tumor growth. Smoking, on the other hand, reduces the amount of oxygen in your cells. This effect is felt by the whole body and the breasts aren’t immune to it either. The result is that breasts tend to sag sooner than you would like. Unsupported breast tissue makes them sag. Neither drinking nor alcohol are good for your body or your breasts in particular. If you are here then I would assume you would like to continue living a healthy life. This in itself makes it more important to give up these vices for a healthier and happier life.
The Menstrual Cycle
The menstrual cycle is divided into two phases: the follicular phase, which begins with the first day of the cycle (day 1 of your periods); and the luteal phase, the part which follows ovulation. Both these have different effects on the size of your breasts. The part of the follicular phase, 5-6 days after your period sees the lowest level of estrogen in the body. Because of the low level of estrogen and hence blood supply, the volume of your breasts is lowest. This is the actual size of your breast. On the other hand, during the luteal phase, the body is rushing with estrogen and progesterone. This means that the blood circulation will be higher as well, which leads to an increase in the size of your breasts. During the luteal phase, your breasts will be fuller and there is an increase in their nodularity and tenderness. This is also a great pre-examination of your breasts. Knowing what different phases can do to your size, you can figure out what to expect when. Keep track of your menstrual cycle to know what is normal and what seems out of place.
Since you have already read the effect of weight gain and weight loss on the size of your breasts, you probably already know what effect exercise will have on your size. The basic principle remains the same, an increase or decrease in body fat will lead to an increase or decrease in the size of your breasts. The response of breast tissues does not change in that regard. However, the exercise in itself doesn’t affect the size of your breasts much, directly. Being outside the body and having no relation to the strain caused by exercise, breasts usually stay out of the purview of changes due to exercise. However, you might feel pain or discomfort in the breasts after a workout or exercise regime. That is because being on the outside leads to them bouncing at least 8 inches up and down during physical activity. Thus, your discomfort is not because of your breast size in changing but because of the strain caused by the bouncing. The solution to that is to opt for a sports bra which reduces the bounce by up to 78%.
If you have been on birth control you probably felt that your bra was suddenly too tight. That’s because birth control pills are estrogen supplements in a way. When birth control pills first came out, they contained such high doses of estrogen that many women would walk around with extremely large breasts for their regular size. The reason for this is not just the increase in estrogen but also increased fluid retention and temporary weight gain as a result of taking the pills. While the oral contraceptives now don’t contain as much estrogen as they used to, you will still find your breast size going up. It can either be very insignificant for the notice or go up by a cup-size. If, however, this becomes troublesome, contact your doctor to discuss other possible measures.