Uneven breasts... better to giggle than to groan right?

Uneven breasts... better to giggle than to groan right?

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Friends.

Happy Fitting Tip Thursday to each and every one of you. Wasn’t that Lejaby picture from yesterday absolutely stunning? I love everything about it, from the colours, to the luxuriously languorous illustration of the woman. My jaw just about dropped when I saw it.

{Can you tell that this whole “Wordless” part of Wordless Wednesday is devastatingly hard for me? I jibber jabber like a red squirrel every Thursday because of it!}

These seem fairly even, wouldn't you agree?

These seem fairly even, wouldn't you agree?

…annnnd end of little tangent.

For today’s Fitting Tip Thursday, I thought it might be helpful to talk about the issue of uneven breasts. Most women have asymmetrical breasts (breasts that are unequal in shape/size/volume)… let’s face it, NO ONE is perfectly even.

Uneven breasts

Uneven breasts

Sometimes the breast tissue just grows differently on one side of the body than it does on the other. If one breast has a longer, more extended shape and the other has a wider shape, they may appear very dissimilar when you are naked, however, once the breasts are ensconced in the cups of your bra, they tend to fill out the shape of the cups and voila no biggee; they end up looking similar enough that the casual pervy bystander, staring at your chest, wouldn’t notice any difference..

Aubade

Aubade

But what if your breasts aren’t just shaped differently, what if they’re two completely different sizes? One a B cup the other a D cup or larger? This isn’t entirely unheard of and it can present quite a problem when you try to find a properly fit bra. Unfortunately Bra Manufacturers don’t usually make bras with two different cup sizes. What to do?

DO NOT resort to the old stuff your bra with tissues trick...unless you have a sinus infection and need the back up

DO NOT resort to the old stuff your bra with tissues trick...unless you have a sinus infection and need the back up

Rule #1- Never try to squeeze your breast into a too small cup. It won’t feel good, can lead to tissue damage and it would seem common sense to want to even out the breasts rather than call attention to the differences by creating double your boob, double your trouble, right?

Just say NO to Double Boob... not good...

Just say NO to Double Boob... not good...

Rule #2- Fit your bra to the larger sized breast and rely on padding for the other side to support that breast and fill out the cup to match. A good source of advice on breast pads, breast forms, which can be found in different shapes and sizes at many Mastectomy Bra shops.

Breast Pads and Breast Forms come in all shapes and sizes

Breast Pads and Breast Forms come in all shapes and sizes

Rule #3- Check online and speak to your doctor. There are lots of resources out there to help you deal with an asymmetrical body in a symmetrically focused world. Here is a forum (ignore the annoying spammers and look at all the genuine participants) dedicated to Uneven Breasts.

Talking with other folks who have dealt with uneven breasts can help

Talking with other folks who have dealt with uneven breasts can help

Rule #4- It’s your body, only you can decide how you feel about it. But I would recommend waiting until you have finished growing, achieved a stable weight and health before you contemplate, any surgical decisions if that is the type of permanent solution you seek.

Surgical solution to severely uneven breasts

Surgical solution to severely uneven breasts

My breasts are uneven, my one side is slightly fuller than the other and is about a half a cup larger. I have always found that a properly fit bra was enough to balance out the differences, but I really notice it when I wear a swimsuit or anything with a ‘shelf bra’. It used to freak me out when I was younger and I was always nervous that someone would notice.

Wonder if Halle ever worried about her boobs?

Wonder if Halle ever worried about her boobs?

Now? Not so much. Quite frankly, the older I get, the happier I am with them… I guess when they start to fall or dangle to my knees, I’ll have a whole new set of problems to deal with, but ’till then, they’re mine, they’re real and they’re spectacular!

Cheers,

Maggie