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Breasts

Boobs come in all shapes and sizes. So, don’t be alarmed if yours don’t look like what you see on TV, in magazines, or in porn.

As well as producing milk for babies, breasts are an erogenous zone. When the area around your nipples is touched it can feel really good, whatever their size or shape.

When do breasts develop?

A lot of people first start to notice changes in their chest between the ages of 10 and 14, but it can happen earlier or later than this.

First of all, your nipples and your areola – the part of skin that surrounds the nipple – will begin to swell.

A few years later, your breasts start to develop into a more adult shape, with your nipples and areola swelling even more. You may notice some tenderness and soreness as your breasts grow.

It can take up to five years in total before your boobs reach their full size, and they may change shape and size throughout your life.

Nipples

Nipples may be darker or paler than the rest of your skin and lots of people have hair growing around them. The area around your nipples (areola) may be large or small. This is all normal.

Most nipples stick out a few millimetres. You might notice this change during puberty. Other people have flat nipples, although they can stick out a bit when they’re feeling cold or sexually excited.

There are so many different ways that nipples can look. They can be flat, very pointy, bumpy, or look like a dimple, or a total ‘innie’. All variations are perfectly normal.

Too big or too small?

As with all parts of the body, it’s common to sometimes wish yours looked like somebody else’s. At some point in their life, many people may have wished their breasts were a different size. There’s no such thing as too big or too small boobs!

The important thing is to remember that breasts come in all different shapes and sizes. Try not to compare yourself to other people as no one’s body is the same – and that’s a good thing! At the end of the day, how you feel inside is much more important than the size of your breasts. You’ll find that learning to accept your body and feel confident in it will make you feel more attractive.

A lot of young people find that one breast develops faster than the other. Breasts can keep developing until 18 or beyond, so they may eventually end up the same size.

However, many adults do have breasts that are slightly different sizes. It is very common for women to have one boob that is slighter bigger than the other boob. If there is a significant difference in cup size, you can go and talk to your doctor, but it’s best to wait until you’re a bit older and your boobs have more or less finished growing.

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