Although women's bodies generally suffer from many injunctions in our society, breasts seem to be right at the heart of it all. A source of many complexes, many women feel at odds with their breasts.
Do you have to have breasts to be a real woman?
As soon as breasts develop, there are those who look forward to them, and those who prefer it when they're not there. Then there's the stereotype of the woman who must have beautiful, round breasts that don't droop, that are soft, fluffy and voluminous at the same time, just like in films or advertisements. Coupled with this concept is the idea that to be a "real" woman, you have to have breasts. For some, breasts are sexual objects; for others, they are the means of nourishing a child.
To stick to this image of perfect breasts, we resort to lingerie, push-ups, exercises to make them firmer, surgery to make them bigger, to make them smaller, and anything else that might make our breasts more "beautiful", more "pleasing to the eye", more politically correct and in line with the "norm".
However, all breasts are natural, and their shapes and aspects are as numerous as the number of women on this planet. There's no such thing as normality, and yet many women have a complex about their breasts. This can even go as far as feeling ashamed to wear certain clothes, to appear naked in front of someone else, or even in front of oneself, and lead to a feeling of hatred towards one's own body.
There are as many breasts as there are people!
If we do a little research on the Internet to find out why our breasts don't match up to what we're shown in the media, we come across hundreds of pages giving information on cosmetic operations for breast reconstruction. It's not easy to feel good about our bodies and accept ourselves when we're being pushed to change...
This period is all the more difficult during adolescence or early adulthood, or when sexual life begins. Too small and you're not a woman, too big and you're quickly sexualized and exposed to the male gaze. Our breasts can also be the cause of backache.
We think they're too far apart, too saggy, not the right size - in short, we never really like our breasts.
It's difficult for everyone to feel at ease with their breasts, but it's important to remember that there's no such thing as ONE perfect breast. In fact, the breast is one, if not the only part of the body to undergo so many variations over the course of a lifetime, whether through the hormonal cycle, contraception, pregnancy, weight gain or loss, or age. Their shape and volume vary throughout life, and it's more common to have different breasts than perfectly symmetrical ones.
In fact, over the past few years, movements such as no-bra (see our blog post on the subject), or even numerous Instagram pages like @taboobofficial or @tubular.breasts, have been advocating beauty in every breast, no matter how different, as well as the right to show breasts on social networks, without them being perceived as sexual.
Your breasts are magnificent!
Watch out for anomalies that should attract your attention
It's very important to keep an eye on your breasts, especially for changes in size, the appearance of a lump, skin retraction, thickening of the skin, redness, visible veins or discharge from the nipple (when you're not breast-feeding).
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women, making it the most common cancer in women, but it can also affect men! But it's also one of the most curable cancers: if detected early, breast cancer is curable in 9 out of 10 people.
From the age of 50, it's important to have a mammogram every two years. This is fully covered by the French Social Security system.
Palpation of the breasts by the gynecologist, as well as self-palpation every month after periods from the age of 20, is also important for detecting breast cancer.
To perform self-palpation effectively, we recommend you watch this video.
And during your periods, you can always rely on the comfort of your period pants Elia!
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The #autopalpation this October and every month of the year! After every periods or on the first of every month for the rest of our lives! Simple gestures that take 2 minutes out of the shower, before going to bed and can save your life: 👉Step 1: Check the appearance of your breasts: Redness, suspicious discharge (if not breastfeeding), wrinkled skin, orange peel appearance, swelling, balls,... 👉👉Step 2: Examine and feel your breasts at least once a month! 👉👉👉 Step 3: Consult us if you have the slightest doubt! #octobrerose #cancerdusein #checkyourboobs #regles #menstruation