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You've grown up with them. You think they're your best assets. You definitely know a thing or two about how to flaunt them. But do you really know enough about them? This October being breast cancer month, we think it's the perfect time to think about your breasts and get to know them better!
Here are 10 amazing or downright bizarre facts about breasts.
1) For starters, no two breasts are ever equal. The left breast is usually larger than the right! Of course, you've probably noticed this already (or may be not because the difference is so negligible, you could've missed it).
2) You can never really increase the size of your breasts (except by a boob job, of course). But you can make your breasts perkier by exercising the pectoral muscles in your chest. Here are some Exercises for Firmer Breasts. P.S. Pregnancy could up your size but make your breasts less firm :(
3) When you're younger your breasts contain milk glands, collagen and fat. But as you grow older the glands and collagen reduce and are replaced by just fat! That's why gravity takes over and your breasts tend to sag as years go by.
4) They'd like you to think they're not shallow, but a recent study proved that most men notice your breasts first . Just about 20 per cent of men actually look at your face when they first meet you! And that's not all. One study showed that staring at a well-endowed woman's breasts for 10 minutes has the same effect on men as 30 minutes of aerobics. So it helps them live longer.
5) Your breasts could go out of shape if you are in the habit of sleeping with your face down. The ideal sleep position is on your side. Here's another tip: Place a pillow under your breasts to give them support. And while we're at it, wearing a bra to sleep will NOT cause breast cancer. Just make sure you bra isn't too tight or uncomfortable.
6) The world's biggest breasts are owned by a Brazil-born Texas resident Sheyla Hershey. Her unsightly breasts are size 38KKK after nine surgeries. We don't even want to imagine the backache this poor 5'3” woman will have to bear a couple of years from now.
7) Even though one in eight women will have breast cancer in her lifetime, almost 50% of women don't bother to check their breasts for signs of breast cancer. The study said that 13 per cent didn't think it was necessary, 18 per cent were unaware of the need and 15 per cent were fearful that they'd actually find something.
8) Finding a lump in your breasts doesn't mean you have breast cancer. In fact, 80 per cent of all breast lumps are benign. Besides, due to the menstrual cycle breasts keep changing (swelling, pain and tenderness), so if the lumps persist after your period, it's a good idea to visit the doc.
9) A man can have breasts too and no, it's not just because he's overweight. Apparently, it's because of a hormonal disorder that results in abnormally big mammary glands in a man's body. It's a disease called Gynecomastia. And while we're on this topic, men can get breast cancer too.
10) As much as women crib about it, breastfeeding could actually help you lose weight. A study shows that for up to three to six months, your body will to lose fat if you continue breastfeeding.
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