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Dr Pixie:
A subject that has come up over and over and over again are breasts. Lots of you have questions about breast development; for example, ‘when should girls start developing breasts?’ Usually girls develop breasts anytime between the age of eight and sixteen, average age is about twelve.

A lot of you asked, well, how late can you develop boobs? It is definitely important to see a doctor if you haven’t any breast development by the age of 20, to check to see if there are any hormonal imbalances.

There were many questions about ‘is it normal for girls to grow boobs before they have their periods or after they have their periods?’ Generally, there isn’t any chronological order, so either way is normal. Some of you worried about the size of breasts. ‘Should breasts be symmetrical?’ Actually, about 99% of women have asymmetrical breasts, and in about 40% of cases, there’s almost a cup size in the difference.

There were also lots of worries about nipples, ‘what happens if the nipples point outwards?’ It’s perfectly normal, don’t be concerned; they can point outwards, upwards, inwards, downwards…don’t worry. And as regards hairs, lots of you worried, ‘is it abnormal to have hairy nipples?’ It’s not, and the best way to get rid of the hair is actually to cut it finely with a little scissors close to the nipple. Try to avoid shaving or plucking, because that can lead to infections.

A lot of you were worried about little pus-filled spots that you were getting around your nipples. They are quite common, actually, and what they are, are little cysts in sebaceous glands around the nipple—we call them Montgomery’s tubercles. They’re not dangerous, and the best thing you can do is, don’t squeeze them or pick them.

And I think the most important point is, if you find anything, like a lump or a discharge or discomfort, anything that’s not normal for you, go and see a doctor and get it checked out.

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Doctor Responses: Breasts

Dr Pixie answers your most frequently asked questions about breasts such as: When should girls start developing breasts? Is it normal for nipples to point away from each other? Is it normal to have asymmetric boobs?

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I don't have nipples, I think they're inverted or something. I'm 16 and I don't like the appearance of them. Is there anyway I can encourage growth or that they will develop naturally? Also I have like white lumps around where my nipples should be that have semi liquid puss when they're squeezed. It doesn't smell but they can get quite sore sometimes. Is it okay to squeeze them or is it best to leave them alone?





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I am 13 years old and I have small spots all over my breasts, I haven't had this checked out yet but I am not sure if this is normal or not. Would you be able to tell me?





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hi, im 30 and about a year ago i started to develop what looked like a bruise on my left breast above the areola. i went to the doctors who in turn sent me to the breast clinic twice, they stated that iv got myalgia due to having large breasts. however the bruise has turned into what look like ulcers on my left breast, i get pain radiating into my back and shooting down my left arm. having seen my doctor for the fourth time im told im a conumdrem and maybe a breast reduction is the answer which was rejected for funding. iv just been left with this painful condiotion. my doctor hasnt given me antibiotics or cream or any advice as to what this is and its now starting on my right breast. i always have worn professionally fitted bras as iv always had a large breast and they have always been fine until now. i get imflamation, burning pain into my nipple and im getting more and more of this sores!! any help from anyone would be appricated as im desparate to get this sorted out in time for my wedding next year. thank you in advance x





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Hi im a 13 year old girl and ive been seeing some white coloured and sort of triangle shape spots from my nipple, it comes from inside it and im scared. Is it a desease or something?





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I am 14 and I have a whitey coloured spot on my left nipple. it's not painful its just ugly and I'm not sure if it's meant to be there and it's quite concerning





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go to ur doctor talm about it

Same here Ive commented about it, the comment up above this one and im the same

I am 15 years old and have a small spot on my nipple, I don't know if it's anything to be worried about but there is breast cancer in my family and I'm worried , I don't think they look normal either or like 'other girls'. My nipples seem really bumpy and things and I've not actually seen anyone else's to be like that. Is this normal? There is also an other spot further up from my nipple





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I have bumps on my breasts and I also have little pot things on my left nipple. I don't think there is any concern about it. I think, because of the way other girls boobs look, that mine are very much different. And I am 14

I mean spot like things

I am forty five have two beautiful girls. I have uneven breasts, the right side is two cup sizes bigger. I met with a plastic surgeon twenty years ago but my options still ment my breasts would be uneven. It was with the nhs after a sympathetic gp referral. I decided against the procedure at the time and have learnt to accept My body I was given but I know It is the root of many issues in my life. Can you help please





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Puffy nipples So I guess I've gone through puberty already.... I have hair where i'm supposed to and I've gotten my period once for 5 days straight and then it went away, i haven't had it in 3 months. Anyway, so I don't know if my breasts have began developing or not, but this started when I was around late 12-13 years old. I don't wear a bra yet, because my chest isn't even big. One "breast" can probably fit into only the centre of my palm, they're really small. I'm pretty much flat chested, but my nipples are REALLY puffy. And by really, I mean extremely. BTW! I'm really skinny. I'm only 88 pounds! So why are my nipples puffy? D: I can't wear shirts without them showing through. And my nipples seem to be getting more and more puffy.... I hate it so much. They go back to "normal" when it's cold or when I touch them a bit. They're just so puffy! When i touch them they're so soft that I can push them in but they won't change. Why did this start? Is it because of puberty/will they even go away?? I hate it so much! :( Thanks Oh and I'm not pregnant or anything lol because I heard this happens when you have a baby I think. But yeah Idk if it's puberty or not.





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Sounds like a normal part of puberty to me. Puffy nipples (often called breast buds) are a sign that the breasts are starting to develop. Growth begins around the nipple, which makes them puff out, but they should flatten out somewhat as the rest of the breast develops. You can google breast buds for a bit more info if you like. I don't think there's a reason to be self-conscious about them, as it's just a normal part of growing up, but if they really bothers you, a bra would probably help hide them.

Hi I'm 29 years with my 1st child his 18 months and I still breastfeed him. My breast were the same size before he came, but now one size has shrink to a a cup and the other a c cup. I'm skinny and its quite noticeable. Will my breast ever be normal again after I stop breastfeeding. I feel less then a woman, and can't afford surgery.is there any supplements I can get to boost it.





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Hi im 21 and been getting pus filled spots on my nipples since about 18 and they just seem to be multiplying and getting bigger is this anything to worry about i do now have children and breastfed but had these since before falling pregnant and I've had a bruise on my right nipple since about 19.





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