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The truth: Although that would be an upside to gaining a few, it’s not necessarily the case. All women gain weight and store fat differently (say, misleadingly gaining weight in the areas around your breasts). So extra pounds might go to your chest, but depending on your body, they might not.
The truth: Not only does that sound pretty uncomfortable, but there’s also no proof that binding your boobs at night will do you any good. That said, it’s technically not bad for you, so if you’re into the whole compression thing, go ahead and strap 'em in.
The truth: Nope, sorry. Breasts are made up of tissue and fat but don’t contain actual muscle tissue. There are certain exercises you can do to strengthen the pectoral muscles beneath (making your chest area appear perkier), but no amount of exercise will make you gain a cup size.
The truth: As great as it would be to set 'em and forget 'em, breast implants, like most medical devices, can't be expected to last a lifetime. While you could go your whole life without any issues, some women do end up needing to exchange implants years after the fact. Just be sure to consult your physician about the expected duration.
The truth: Especially during high-impact workouts, it’s important for all ladies, regardless of cup size, to wear a properly supportive sports bra. (We like the low-key ones from Victoria's Secret Pink.) A lack of breast support, no matter how small your breasts are, can lead to back pain, discomfort and tissue damage that cause stretch marks and sagging.
The truth: First of all, good for you for checking. Secondly, per the American Cancer Society, the majority of breast changes are not cancer. (Benign breast lumps can be caused by changes in hormones around menstruation or an increase in fibrous tissue with age.) It’s still incredibly important, though, to get to a doctor immediately if something doesn’t feel right.
The truth: According to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, "Scientific evidence does not support a link between wearing an underwire bra (or any type of bra) and breast cancer risk. There is no biological reason the two would be linked. Any observed relationship is likely due to other factors.” Phew.
Remember back in middle school when slumber party chitchat revolved around what the hell was happening to your bodies? Especially your boobs? (Chances are you’re still talking about them, now that babies are involved.) So once and for all, we’re setting the record straight and--pun intended--busting these seven common boob myths.
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