10 Facts About Breasts that You Probably Didn't Know

Did you know that it's common to have one breast that's slightly larger than the other? Learn 10 surprising facts about breasts in this article.
10 Facts About Breasts that You Probably Didn't Know
José Gerardo Rosciano Paganelli

Reviewed and approved by the doctor José Gerardo Rosciano Paganelli.

Last update: 09 October, 2022

There’s no doubt about it: breasts are one of the most unique and beautiful parts of a woman’s body. Plus, they’re are also essential for nursing babies.

It’s pretty obvious that a woman’s breasts have a clearly sexual component that are a source of attraction.  Keeping in mind their attraction and beauty, a lot of studies have been focused on them, not only in terms of health, but also regarding the pleasure and desire that they incite.

Whether large or small, there are more than a few interesting facts about breasts that you might not know yet. Read on!

10 Facts About Breasts Worth Remembering

1. One breast is often larger than another

You have probably noticed that one breast is larger than the other, and you might have even considered this to be an abnormality.

Don’t worry. Actually, it’s proven that breasts are not perfectly similar in size.

2. Breasts can cause an orgasm

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Breasts are one of the most sensitive areas in a woman, and are a very powerful erogenous zone that causes pleasure in both men and women.

Studies have shown that some woman can even have an orgasm with manual stimulation of the breasts and nipples alone.

3. How much do a woman’s breasts weigh?

For obvious reasons, the weight of a woman’s breasts vary depending on size.  
However, an average breast weighs around a pound, which means they make up only about 1% of a woman’s body weight.

4. Women with breast implants are three times more likely to commit suicide

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Breast augmentation surgery continues to be one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures throughout the world. Studies have shown that the suicide rate is 73% higher in women with breast implants.

This fact may seem a little ironic, but it’s unfortunately true. Depression, low self-esteem, not receiving the expected results, receiving social criticism and other factors may be related to the decision for taking ones life.

5. Size is not a problem for breast-feeding

There is no relationship between breast size and the ability to breast-feed. Larger breasts just have a larger amount of fatty tissue independent of the mammary glads.

That’s why size has nothing to do with the amount of milk they can produce.

6. Their size can change

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One of the most surprising facts about breasts is that they can sometimes be a little inflamed or larger than normal.

This generally happens during premenstrual syndrome because of the explosion of progesterone hormones and prolactin, which influence the inflammation.

7. Smoking causes saggy breasts

All of the chemicals and toxic compounds in cigarettes destroy skin elastin. Consequently, not only do they accelerate the skin’s aging process, they also make breasts lose firmness.

8. Breasts get fat

During adolescence and youth, breasts are made up of mammary glands, fat and collagen, which makes them more firm. With the passage of time, however, this is reduced and replaced by more fat.

Generally, women who gain weight also see an increase in breast size, although this is not always the case.

9. Caressing and squeezing breasts could prevent breast cancer

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Apparently, caressing and squeezing breasts not only stimulates them, but it could even prevent breast cancer.  
Studies suggest that doing this could prevent control cells from becomes malignant.

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10. They’re one of the first things a man notices in a woman

It’s normal to notice men try to mask looking at breasts while walking around downtown or talking to someone. However, many studies have shown this is one of the first thing a man sees in a woman, and they also think about them when they are in front of them.

Fascinating, isn’t it? How many of these facts about breasts did you already know?

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