Sex (Re)Education: Are Your Boobs Still Growing?

We all got the schpiel about how are bodies were going to undergo an immense amount of changes during puberty back in middle school sex education. Among these changes, one things girls may experience during puberty is breast development. In other words, your boobs start growing. But the thing we never learned in sex ed? When exactly does that growth and development stop?

The answer to this question is a little more complicated than a simple cut off date or age. Plastic surgeon David B. Reath explains that, “unfortunately there’s not a specific age where you can say, at this point everybody is completely developed– breast development is very variable”. Reath says that, in general, breast development varies from individual to individual. “You have people who begin breast development at a very young age and develop well into their twenties. There’s some women who don’t have much breast development until 17 and 18, and then continue to have some. And there’s some women who have had a stable breast size all their life, they become pregnant, they become much larger in their breasts, even when their weight goes back to their pre pregnancy weight.”

Seems a lot more complicated than we thought, previously. Then again, consider this–boobs are perhaps continually under development throughout our entire lives. Some women may notice that when they get their period their breasts may swell or appear bigger. The same phenomenon is oft reported when women take hormonal birth control. The reality is, are boobs are in a state of constant flux, changing size in response to hormone levels, weight gain and loss, in addition to age, development, and puberty.

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Sex (Re)Education is a weekly series in which we debunk myths you learned during sex education back in grade school and high school.

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