Dear Dr. Kate: I Hate My Small Breasts!

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Dr. Kate,

I am almost to the point of desperation with the small size of my breasts. For years I have been contemplating a breast augmentation, but I am scared of the pain/recovery time, and nervous of the long-term possible effects, plus the expense is too much. Other than surgery, is there anything, ANYTHING AT ALL, such as herbal pills/supplements, estrogen pills/injections, whatever, proven to work and maintain, and/or to “restart” breast growth? I am on the Yasmin birth control pill, and one of the side effects of Yasmin is possible breast enlargement…didn’t work on me! Please don’t tell me to be happy with what I have; no offense but you don’t know how I look braless or without padded, underwire bras! I am very self-conscious in intimate situations. To look semi-proportionate in t-shirts I HAVE TO wear thickly padded underwire bras while out in public/away from home. I don’t wear tank tops, low-cut tops, bathing suits, or any top which focuses on the chest; I don’t naturally fill them out. I am: female, 33 yrs., large body frame and heavyset, 5′ 7″…with small B-cup breasts that make me feel deformed and disproportionate; I look like I have man-boobs!

— Boobless

Dear Boobless,

The simplest answer to your question is no. Many pills, creams, etc., claim to enlarge your breasts, without any evidence that they do. And any medication that actually works to make your breasts grow — generally herbs and hormones — put you at an increased risk of breast cancer. Birth control pills do (safely) cause breast enlargement for some women — and if one brand of pills doesn’t work, another might — but it’s impossible to predict.

Mechanical means (suction systems, etc.) don’t seem to last long-term, and are arduous at best. The Bravia system makes you wear a suction-cup-like bra for 10 hours a day for 10 weeks. I believe it to be safe, but who can really do that? Plus, once you stop the suction, your breasts will go back to their normal size.

It’s hard for me to not talk about breast acceptance — how any partner who sees you naked is simply happy to be there…how you always look thinner with smaller breasts…how there’s less to sag as you get older. And B-cups are not that small — check out the photos in this month’s Glamour magazine: It’s got a feature all about breasts, including celebrities looking fabulous at every cup size. (The web version of the article is text-only; you’ll have to stop by your nearest newsstand to see the pics.)

So what can you do? Try a different combination of birth control pills, buff up your pectoral muscles to maximize what you’ve got, and only consider surgery as the final alternative if you feel you don’t want to live any other way.

Have any of you tried things to increase the size of your breasts?

–Dr. Kate

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City. She also lectures nationally on women’s health issues and conducts research on reproductive health. Check out more of her advice and ask her a question at Gynotalk.com.

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2 years 11 months ago

Ladies! Truth alert: Guys don’t really care. Larger boobs are a bonus, but boob size is not a deal-breaker unless the guy is a jackass. Fake books look awful and the dirty little secret is that guys do not like them. I hate them and find them a complete turn-off. Normal boobs, small, large, saggy, or firm, are sexy if they are on the woman you love.

3 years 11 months ago

^ I admire them too!

3 years 11 months ago

You should be happy with a B cup. I couldn’t fit in one for ages! I totally admire the girls who wear low cut shirts when they are smaller than small. It’s beautiful and shows their confidence!

4 years 1 month ago

It’s sad to say but us ladies always want what we don’t have, it sucks. Many small chested women gripe about wanting juicy juicy mangos and large chested women gripe about theirs and long for a pair of mosquito bites. That’s not all; straight haired women want curly hair and curly haired women want straight locks, and there are so many more examples. We are all doing such disservice to ourselves. Instead of sounding older than you really are fussing and complaining about something we can’t easily changewithout drastic and possibly potential side affects which you would already know if… Read more »

5 years 8 months ago

I also have small B cup sized breasts and have suffered through trying to find ways to push and lift and so on for years. I am 22 years old and have a 1 year old daughter and breastfeeding seemed to only make things worse. BUT, i can now honestly say i have become more comfortable in my skin (boobs and all) WHY? because of my partner. We have been together for 5 years now and he has been singing the praises of my small chest from day one. It has taken me this long to gain my confidence but… Read more »

Madamoiselle L
6 years 20 days ago

Look on the bright side. Smaller boobs are less likely to sag, you’ll stay firm longer, you have a lower risk of some breast cancers, and you can always get a nice push up bra with little pads or water pads on the sides and bottoms and PUSH those babes together. Women with smaller breasts have no problem feeding their children, as most women have the same amount of glandular tissue, the size is usually fat deposits. Yes, pregnancy and breastfeeding will make your breasts temporarility larger, but I don’t think bringing a child into the world for the reason… Read more »

6 years 20 days ago

ok, sorry if this sounds weird, but it’s the best real world example I know that, even if a man may have an ‘ideal’ body shape in his mind he can be very happy with someone who doesn’t fit that ideal if that’s who he falls in love with.. It’s pretty obvious my dad is a boob man, i mean nobody watches baywatch for the plot, but he has been very happily married to my mum, an A cup at best most of the time, for 35 years. They’ve raised 3 kids together, dealt with all the hard times life… Read more »