The annoying answer? “Sooner or later”.
The real answer is that breasts (or boobs, baps, chesticles, ta-tas, mammaries, gazongas) come in endless varieties – even more than there are ridiculous names for them*.
Some arrive early, others prefer to take their sweet time. Your boobs will usually grow between the ages of 10-13, but it’s totally ok for them to come as early as eight or as late as 16.
What if they never grow?
Chill. They will. It can be stressful when you feel like you’re at the back of the boob queue, but remember that there’s no right or wrong time for them to develop – or a wrong size for them to be when they do. Little and perky or large and luscious, every breast is #blessed.
- Boobs usually grow between the ages of 10-13, but it’s totally ok for them to come any time between eight and 16.
- Nature and genetics are in control, so there’s nothing you can do to make them grow quicker – soz.
- Some will be small, some bigger, some will grow slowly and some might feel like they’ve appeared overnight. Every body and every boob is different.
Growing later doesn’t necessarily mean they will be smaller than other people’s, though. They could grow slowly and gradually, or feel as though they’ve suddenly sprouted overnight. BOOM! Happy boobday.
Try talking to female relatives about when their breasts grew, as there is often a family pattern. Or if you’re feeling really worried about it, a visit to your GP might help to reassure you.
Can I help them grow faster?
Nope, sorry! You can bench-press all you like, but we’re here to tell you today that the old “I must increase my bust” routine won’t achieve anything – because your boobs are made from glands and soft tissue, not muscle.
Just stay patient, and let nature do its thing. Try to focus on the other great stuff you have RIGHT NOW. Like Netflix.
When will they STOP growing?
You might think they’re ENORMOUS, but chances are they won’t always feel so big. It’s amazing what a difference a great bra can make.
Breasts have usually grown to their adult size by the time you’re 18, though they could stop earlier or continue growing into your early 20s – and as you’ll find out, there are plenty of reasons they might change their size, shape or appearance throughout your adult life too.
The top line? Your body is an artwork that’s always in progress, so you may as well stop waiting for it to be finished and start appreciating it now.
*Norks! We forgot norks.
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