As a result, we have far more periods than our ancestors would have had and we are exposed to more monthly surges of oestrogen, which stimulates ovulation.’In addition, today’s young women were born to the first generation of women on the contraceptive Pill.
Early versions of the Pill contained far higher dosages of synthetic oestrogen than they do today, and little is known about the long-term impact of this increased hormone exposure on future generations.
Some of the things you may hear are outright cons — like special creams or pills that make breasts bigger. ) Others are myths — some girls who want smaller breasts think that sleeping in a bra or wearing a bra that's too small can stunt breast growth, but that's also not true.
In reality, genes and hormones determine breast growth.
We’ve been contacted by more than two million women since we started in 1995, the vast majority of whom are small in the body and big in the bust.’So, what’s going on? Dr Marilyn Glenville, a nutritionist specialising in women’s health and hormones, says: ‘It’s clear that we’re not just talking about fat, but increased levels of breast tissue, too.
‘So we have to look at what stimulates breast tissue growth — and that’s oestrogen, the female sex hormone.
‘But with more women today putting off pregnancy until later in life and having fewer children, they experience many more monthly cycles than previous generations did, and are exposed to more oestrogen.
As a size 10/12 everywhere else, she believes her true bra size is a 30L, but until now has struggled to find them.As more of us grasp the idea that a larger cup size and a less generous back-measurement could give us greater comfort and better shape beneath our clothes, we are buying bigger sizes than ever before.But, according to Bravissimo’s estimates, at least 60 per cent of women wearing a C-cup should be wearing a D-cup — or larger.Some girls develop earlier, others later, and a girl's breasts can keep growing and changing into her late teens. There are things you can do — like eating well and getting enough exercise and sleep — to help your body develop in a healthy way.Don't feel shy about talking to your doctor if you have questions about your body and how it is developing.