My boobs are two different sizes. Is that normal? I feel really self-conscious about it!
In a word, yes! Completely normal. When boobs on 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. In fact, 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.
However, 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 breasts!
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! If you have any other questions about your body or health and are 10-22 years old in NYC, stop by the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center for free, comprehensive health care.
A version of this post was originally published in August, 2016.