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Title: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 25, 2012, 08:11:04 AM
I hope this isn't too rude I'm trying not to be but I have just gone up another cup size.  I went from a B cup to a C cup a few years ago and now I've gone up to a D.  Haven't put on weight, it's just that my udders are growing.  Have any of you ladies ever experienced this?  Any idea what causes it?  It hapenned to my friends daughter a few years back but that was because she was on the Pill and she actually broke her hear over it as she doesn't like large assets.   However as I'm not on the Pill, I can't think what is causing it.  :-\
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Joe S. on April 25, 2012, 08:36:55 AM
Evening primrose oil?
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 25, 2012, 08:45:45 AM
You know, for a minute there Joe I thought you were going to say that your boobs were growing.

By 'evening primrose oil' are you asking me if I am taking it or suggesting that I should?  I don't currently take it.  Have done in the past but can't say it made much of a difference to anything really.  I don't mind this problem though really.  Just curious.  ???
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: irish on April 25, 2012, 12:52:53 PM
That happened to me in my mid thirties. Went from B cup from D cup over a period of 2 years or so. I was not taking any hormones or any medications of any kind. It just happened. I think I was genetically programmed that way.

In some ways it was nice, but it sure is hard on a person's back to carry around a set of boobs that are overly large. Thankfully, they shrink as we age!!!!! Irish ;D :o :o
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: MissyLouWho? on April 25, 2012, 02:23:52 PM
Don't know...maybe hormones?  As someone who almost doesn't need to wear a bra, I'm jealous!  ;)
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: eye2dry on April 25, 2012, 02:35:04 PM
I had this happen to me in my 40's when I was was in perimenopause. and what I gained in breast size is still there.

very strange indeed.

eye2dry
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 25, 2012, 04:04:15 PM
PSOS doesn't make them grow does it?  Coz my GP is not convinced I haven't got that.  My hormone tests came back normal bbut she still thinks it's worth me seeing a GYN but won't put me through that yet due to my other problems.  I stated off in my teens as an A cup until my late teens I went up to a B and stayed that way for about 10 years then went up to a C in my late 20s then again about 8 years later I go up another cup size.  Having to get rid of all my old C bras.  It's awkard finding clothes too as I still have very narow hips that sort of match an A cup and 34D bra sets come with size 12/14 panties which are way too big for me.  I have to get size 8 bottoms (jeans ect) and size 12/14 tops. 
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: irish on April 25, 2012, 09:32:10 PM
Now I am really jealous. Size 8 bottoms. I think I was about 10 the last time I wore that size. The bad thing about being big on top and small on the bottom (experience I got while nursing babies) was that I looked like I was going to tip over frontwards. Never did, but I sure looked weird.

Size 8! Sheeesh!!! I am really, really jealous. Irish ;D
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: ashewoman on April 26, 2012, 12:34:49 AM
I jumped a cup size due to hormonal imbalance which the gyno says is related to autoimmune disorder and poly-cystic ovaries.  Not to get too personal but I didn't even notice the discharge at first.  Perhaps something similar is going on with you?  I kind of like it myself and I was already well endowed in that area... but now I'm sporting a real top heavy balcony! LOL  ;)
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 26, 2012, 05:09:31 AM
I jumped a cup size due to hormonal imbalance which the gyno says is related to autoimmune disorder and poly-cystic ovaries.  Not to get too personal but I didn't even notice the discharge at first.  Perhaps something similar is going on with you?  I kind of like it myself and I was already well endowed in that area... but now I'm sporting a real top heavy balcony! LOL  ;)

well now that is making sense.  I mean if we both have SS plus PSOS that might be what is causing i in a weird, why on earth is that hapenning sort of way.  I know what you mean abut the discharge too (sorry guys TMI)

But yeah size 8 bottom half Irish...it isn't anything to be jealous of I assure you I am such a weird shape.  I look like I got the wrong top half stuck on the wrong bottom half.  I'm starting to joke now that I look like a 12 year old girl from the waist down and a glamour model from the waist up.  I mean my hips are sooooooooooooooo narrow we're talking like 32 inches.  It looks abnormal.  Mind you I've got a fat tummy maybe due to PSOS I don't know as I am a healthy weight.  Very odd mixture me. Still, I guess if we were all perfect it'd be a boring world.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: quilt4fun on April 26, 2012, 05:23:38 PM
    I 'm in my 60's - - -  and I've had the same problem in the  past 3 years.
 No one seems to have an answer for me--OB-GYN, Sjogrens specialist, GP- he said it wasn't that abnormal.  :-\
  I went from a 36 barely B to a 40 almost D!  haven't seen any changes in the past year. Thank you, thank you, thank you.      And I didn't gain any weight either. 
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 27, 2012, 04:04:13 AM
Isn't it strange?  I wonder what is causing it.  I mean in my friends daughter's case it was the Pill, in some peeps cases it was a hormonal imbalance and in others there just seems to be no reason for it.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: cargillwitch on April 27, 2012, 05:21:14 AM
there are some stomach medications that are also used to augment milk production. they can increase breast tissue ( mainly glandular).
 
I am envious somewhat though- I am still an "A" cup- but I am a size 3 pant, so it WOULD look somewhat odd having DD's!! LOL
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: 4Kids on April 27, 2012, 06:16:16 AM
I am the opposite.

Women in my family have small boobs. At my worst weight, like 60lbs overweight, I had... D boobs. And I was nursing.

I lost 35lbs and am down to a barely fitting a C. I have a huge trunk and need a 38 bra, sometimes a 40. Try finding a 40B. Doesn't happen.

Most women I know have boobs that get bigger when they age.
 
Except for me.  For the record I nursed for 83 months (all 4 kids, combined not at one time or anything) and mine are exactly like my Great Gramma's. Thin and awful. But they did their job well.

I do get a wee bit jealous when I hear stories like yours!
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: cargillwitch on April 27, 2012, 09:04:08 AM
83 months! Good for you!
 Your children are very lucky to have such a caring mom!
I haven't done the math but I was pregnant and /or nursing for 10 solid years.Wouldn't trade a minute of it.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 27, 2012, 09:19:32 AM
4kids:  most of the women in my family are like you, sort of pear shaped.  My nan was all bottom and no top and when she put on weight she was a 40B or 42B I think.  Just bought a new jacket off ebay so didn't try it on.  It's a size 12 and too darn small coz of my boobs.  Having to get rid of half my wardrobe.  I think I'll keep the jacket though and just wear it open, it looks ok like that.  It's a waste otherwise.

I wouldn't bother being jealous though I look funny all top and no bottom and I'm sure you're beautiful in your own way!  We all are!
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: gold55 on April 28, 2012, 06:53:24 PM
All the women on my Mom's side got larger (boobs) with age.  I jumped a cup size in my late 40's when I was finishing menopause.

hey, maybe it's a Sjoggie thing and we should put this thread in "the Good Things about having Sjogrens"!!  Yea, Joe you are surrounded by D-cup women on this Forum.  How does that make you feel.........rofl.....what a stupid thing to say!!!!  If I were to lose a bunch of weight right now my boobs would still stay the same.  It can be very uncomfortable.  No wonder we all have back problems!
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 28, 2012, 10:04:53 PM
All the women on my Mom's side got larger (boobs) with age.  I jumped a cup size in my late 40's when I was finishing menopause.

hey, maybe it's a Sjoggie thing and we should put this thread in "the Good Things about having Sjogrens"!!  Yea, Joe you are surrounded by D-cup women on this Forum.  How does that make you feel.........rofl.....what a stupid thing to say!!!!  If I were to lose a bunch of weight right now my boobs would still stay the same.  It can be very uncomfortable.  No wonder we all have back problems!

Good idea Gold.  By back is fine though, apart from  my tailbone which I injured my falling on my bum.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: eyeamdry on April 28, 2012, 11:05:57 PM
Some of these posts made me laugh..........out loud.   Hey Joe, did you know.........
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 29, 2012, 01:10:02 AM
Been wondering, would my lack of backache be due to the fact I sing classical music (albeit armature) and have had breathing lessons?  This strengthens the diaphragm and muscles around the front and back of your rib cage so you can hold notes for a minute or even longer.  Besdies have u ever seen an female operatic singer with small tits? 
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Katybarstool on April 29, 2012, 10:41:46 AM
Wildthing ;D

I can't sing for toffee and I'm an 'A' cup, so now I know the reason  :

Kathyx
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 29, 2012, 12:53:23 PM
Wildthing ;D

I can't sing for toffee and I'm an 'A' cup, so now I know the reason  :

Kathyx

LOL Kathy  ;D  You know I actually envied the likes of you smaller ladies today.  I spent 4 hours (not kidding) trying to find a bra in my size.  Tons of smaller ones here no 34 Ds.  Finally found one but it was a little to small so tried on a 34 DD and that seemed ok.  I guess all makes are different.  4 frigging hours  >:(
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Katybarstool on April 29, 2012, 01:05:43 PM
Wow, four hours - that's a long time. I know you larger ladies do have problems getting the right support that looks nice too. I have a friend who is 32HH and she really struggles - and she has back problems, which is no joke.

Kathyx

Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: MissyLouWho? on April 29, 2012, 01:17:21 PM
Wow, I envy you all.  When I was 21, I went to Victoria's Secret with a couple hundred dollars because someone told me they would be able to find me the right fit and do alterations and such.  The woman looked at me and said she was sorry, but even THEY couldn't help someone that really didn't need a bra :(.  She tried to make feel good like I was avoiding back trouble but I was so upset.  I hate shopping for bathing suits, so I don't wear them anymore.  Too embarrassing to have a large bottom and x-small top!
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 30, 2012, 09:59:59 AM
That was horribe what that sales assistant said MissyLouWho.  How rude!  Dear me, doesn't do much for your self esteem does it being spoken to like that.  When I was first developing when I was about 10 I got my first hand me down bra from my cousin it was a 30aa so you can get small sizes and that was back in the 80s.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: MissyLouWho? on April 30, 2012, 01:05:46 PM
Found em~ I shop in the preteen section now.  Just had to know where to look 8)!
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on April 30, 2012, 02:15:48 PM
Found em~ I shop in the preteen section now.  Just had to know where to look 8)!

Awsome stuff!!!!!
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Rebecca on April 30, 2012, 03:04:15 PM
I've increased a cup size in the last 6 months.  Went from a 36C to a 36D and my breasts are soooo sore.  I put Stopain on them this morning just so I could put on my bra! I go to the RA doc at the end of May and will ask if it is Sjogren related.  My weight has increases 10 pounds too.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 01, 2012, 01:07:28 PM
Rebecca that doesn't soud right, not being in that much pain.  Can you see your GP/family doctor before the end pf the month?  I don't think you should wait that long.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Rebecca on May 01, 2012, 01:13:11 PM
Wild Thing - They actually feel a bit better today.  Some days they feel like they did back when I first got pregnant.  Other days, they are tender but not unbarable.  Someone else mentioned that it may be a side effect of the Plaquenil.  So we shall see.  I just went to my OB/GYN 6 weeks ago for my annual check up and she didn't find anything wrong.  I go back to her in another 4 months for something else unrelated.  So I will keep an eye on it, ask the RA doctor at the end of this month and double check w/my OB/GYN in a few months.  I need to get a mammogram done but am soooo dreading it.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Rebecca on May 01, 2012, 01:15:36 PM
Oh and in case anyone is thinking:  Maybe she is pregnant! - I'm not.  I already thought of that one and double checked it.  TWICE just to be safe! hahaha.  And the increase in bra size and weight has been over a 6 month period....most of my weight gain has been in my boobs & butt! hahaha.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 02, 2012, 02:44:33 AM
Oh and in case anyone is thinking:  Maybe she is pregnant! - I'm not.  I already thought of that one and double checked it.  TWICE just to be safe! hahaha.  And the increase in bra size and weight has been over a 6 month period....most of my weight gain has been in my boobs & butt! hahaha.

I'm not pregnant  ::)
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: vtmommy on May 04, 2012, 09:59:54 AM
I have to chime in on this one.  I really hope autoimmune stuff doesn't cause boobs to grow.  I'm already a DDD (since high school) and I think I'd fall over!  ;D
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 05, 2012, 02:31:13 AM
If SS is the cause I don't think yours would have been big since high school.  I was only an A cup in high school.  Mine grew in my 20s and then again now in my 30s.  I can handle it as long as they don't get any bigger than an E I think.  I'd look like one of those ridiculous silicone enhanced freaks if I went any bigger than that with my tiny frame.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: THE BRIT on May 05, 2012, 11:38:57 AM
  I was always one of the biggest girls at school and had trouble finding bras and clothes then.  In the last year or two I have gone up to 38G which is really uncomfortable.  If I lose weight my boobs tend to stay the same.  I agree it is very hard to find clothing.  I tend to wear big, baggy extra large tops, but am still very uncomfortable.  I am also perimenopausal so I am sure that is part of it, I hope it's not due to AI!  I even went to a plastic surgeon for a reduction, but he wouldn't do it as he said my skin was to pale and I didn't scar very well.  I am at the edge where everything is going south very fast so that makes it worse.  It is so hard doing yoga or some weight machines, they really weren't designed for women.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: gold55 on May 05, 2012, 12:39:07 PM
Believe it or not there are some big busted women who come in for eye tests (visual fields/peripheral field test which we all have to get if we're on Plaquenil) and we have to test them "standing up" because the way the machine is made they cannot sit down with their head in the chin rest....there is no place for the boobs!!!  So they have to stand, hanging their boobs down while their head is in the chin rest taking the test.....this test can last 20-30 minutes per eye!!!!!!  God bless us big busted women!!!!
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 05, 2012, 01:23:13 PM
Believe it or not there are some big busted women who come in for eye tests (visual fields/peripheral field test which we all have to get if we're on Plaquenil) and we have to test them "standing up" because the way the machine is made they cannot sit down with their head in the chin rest....there is no place for the boobs!!!  So they have to stand, hanging their boobs down while their head is in the chin rest taking the test.....this test can last 20-30 minutes per eye!!!!!!  God bless us big busted women!!!!

LOL I wonder why I have trouble putting my chin on the chin rest thing lol.  Thought I was just awkward and ungainly lol
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: gold55 on May 05, 2012, 03:40:58 PM
LOL WildThing!  It's the optical equipment manufacturers who have to figure out where we can comfortably lay our boobs during an exam!!!  All they would have to do is cut into the visual field box "lower" so, in essence one's boobs could be laying in the box while taking the test.  Hey, if a light flashes on one of your boobs, just press the button indicating that you saw it out of your peripheral field!!! 
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 09, 2012, 02:35:06 PM
You should totally designed a new machine and get it patented  ;D
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Aquarius on May 09, 2012, 10:42:16 PM
Might you be on the Mirena IUD?   I have read that larger breasts are a common side effect
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: mshistory on May 10, 2012, 04:15:02 AM
Oh, this is one symptom I would actually love to have - like someone else mentioned, the only reason I even wear a bra is to make it look like I actually have boobs!!

Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 10, 2012, 11:26:26 AM
I'm not on any form of contraception although considering it.  Also just to make everybody happy I took a pregnancy test just now and it's negative.  A couple of ppl have suggested in here I'm pregnant.  It's official.  I'm not.  I didn't think I was but took one anyone to make the skeptics happy.

mshistory:  what about those 'add 2 sizes' bras?  they are prefect for petite ladies.  I tried one on for a laugh once and looked rediculous.  Like Dolly Partton only even worse. I've seen them sold really cheaply.  You tried that?
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: ashewoman on May 10, 2012, 12:27:04 PM
Mine are killing me again.  Don't know why but they hurt just hanging out in my bra and I've been having to sleep in one or they bother me all night.  It seems to happen the same time as the worst swelling in my wrists, fingers and feet.  But I thought those were part of the RA and Fibro issues... last time I checked my boobage didn't have joints.  LOL  One of the completely non-related questions the Rhuematology doc asked was about hormonal fluxuations.  He wanted to know about my weird gyno history... maybe they are related but he wouldn't tell me how or why.  Curious.  GG
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: mshistory on May 10, 2012, 01:40:39 PM
mshistory:  what about those 'add 2 sizes' bras?  they are prefect for petite ladies.  I tried one on for a laugh once and looked rediculous.  Like Dolly Partton only even worse. I've seen them sold really cheaply.  You tried that?

Ha! Funny you should mention that - I was at Target waiting for a Rx to get filled and saw one of those and bought it just to see if I like it; if I do, I may go back  ;)!
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 10, 2012, 02:29:44 PM
Mine are killing me again.  Don't know why but they hurt just hanging out in my bra and I've been having to sleep in one or they bother me all night.  It seems to happen the same time as the worst swelling in my wrists, fingers and feet.  But I thought those were part of the RA and Fibro issues... last time I checked my boobage didn't have joints.  LOL  One of the completely non-related questions the Rhuematology doc asked was about hormonal fluxuations.  He wanted to know about my weird gyno history... maybe they are related but he wouldn't tell me how or why.  Curious.  GG

I always sleep in a bra and have had painful breasts from time to time especilly during a period when I also find they become rock hard.  I've also had numerous lumps in both boobs cause = unkown.  Like you I've had the 'hormones' excuse but I think a lot of the time with things like this docs simply just haven't a clue what's wrong.  One thing I found that helped was cutting out dairy products.  Don't know if youv'e tried that?  There are a lot of artificial hormones in dairy products coz they feed the cows with them to make them produce more milk than is normal. 
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: ashewoman on May 10, 2012, 09:04:45 PM
WOW wildthing... that is ringing some bells.  Normally I use non-dairy creamer in my coffee which of course is probably not very good for you either, but it isn't dairy.  Last week right before the new boob pain began though I picked up some canned milk at the family dollar while I was there for something else because I'm LAZY.  I'm very careful when purchasing milk to make sure it is listed as non-hormonal, but who knows what was added to those cheapo non-name-brand family dollar cans of milk.  Laziness will get you every time.  I'll be more vigilant next time I run out of creamer and stop at the actual grocer. 
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Bucky on May 12, 2012, 10:03:19 AM
OK - I've been silently following this thread to see what you ladies are saying.   ;)

It really is a tough search to find the "right" bra . . one that fits the girls and supports them.  And, yes, it varies by manufacturer as to the size and fit.

Several years ago, while on vacation in TN, I stopped at the L'eggs Hanes Bali outlet mall and they have staff that can "fit" you for the right bra.  Finding the right bra is like shoe shopping or finding the right pair of capri's/jeans . . . . soooooo many different kinds to pick from!   :o

Another thing to think about . . . do you throw your bras into the dryer?  I always line dry mine.

Recently, I have a different problem - lopsided girls.   :-\  One side a tad bit larger than the other - which can be difficult when you would need two different cups.  They should make "mix and match" bras where you can hook them together to accommodate the differences.  Unfortunately, I had to resort to going with the larger size cup to accommodate the larger size as I don't like muffin top in my bras!!   :-[

Sigh . . . the things we women have to put up with.   ???

Bucky
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 12, 2012, 02:41:50 PM
Ashewoman:  persoanlly I'd stay off dairy altogther.  All I ever used to drink was organic milk and eat organic cheese ect which I assume hasn't got hormones in but as it's from a cow who's lactating and naturally producing hormones, hormoes that don't mix with human hormones very well I wouldn't go for dairy persoanlly.  I have much healthier boobs since I turned vegan.  Worth a try anyway.  Not saying you should go vegan but try cutting out dairy see what happens.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: ashewoman on May 12, 2012, 04:00:22 PM
This actually applies directly to Sjogrens.... I started the medication a few days ago and now I have some serious gastrointestinal side effects.  Doc says they are normal but not fun.  So my milk intake has increased and my food intake has gone way down.  On a side note: I'll easily drop some weight if this keeps up.  HA HA!  Although I doubt I'd bother if that was the only potential pay off.  I'm not sure the stomach meds he gave with are actually not as bad as the malaria pills.  Since most of the side effect began with their arrival and it took several more days for the dern malaria pills to come.  Mail prescriptions are both good and a pain.  But I've only been taking the malaria pills 3 days now and I am basically on a liquid or french fry or mash potato diet.  I just can't stomach more.  And only a few bites of that.  Naturally, I'm hungry 6-8 times a day but I definitely no longer eat a "meal".  Glasses of chocolate milk seem to sit better than anything else.  But at least I'm back on quality dairy products out of necessity.  Anyway, I guess this is par for the course.  GG
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on May 13, 2012, 08:08:10 PM
I would be inclined to think there's a link there between excessive dairy and boob pain
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: gold55 on June 02, 2012, 11:32:50 AM
I know when I used to have lumps in my boobs the doctors said it was from drinking a lot of coffee.
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on June 02, 2012, 12:22:04 PM
I know when I used to have lumps in my boobs the doctors said it was from drinking a lot of coffee.

That's interesting I never heard of coffee being a culprit before
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: gold55 on June 02, 2012, 01:57:49 PM
I believe they were termed as "cysts" from drinking coffee.   
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: WildThing on June 02, 2012, 02:57:26 PM
I believe they were termed as "cysts" from drinking coffee.

How bizarre  :o
Title: Re: Why are my boobs growing?
Post by: Rebecca on June 11, 2012, 10:26:05 AM
Ok so this is an older thread that I responded to and was going old threads.  I read some of the later posts and y'all have me laughing so hard at work that I a making everyone look at me like I have fallen off of my rocker!!  Thanks for the laughs ladies.  I sure did need that..