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I am 18 years old and I still have early preteen breast development?

I am 18 years old and I still have early preteen breast development?

Needs clarification: It is not clear if you barely started a breast development or its development halted at same stage for a long period. In either case, you may need thorough evaluation especially if you have not developed subsequent pubertal events, e.g., pubic hair, growth spurt, and menstruation. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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17 years old and I still have breast buds and getting breast development a lot more intense lately. What's wrong?

17 years old and I still have breast buds and getting breast development a lot more intense lately. What's wrong?

Probably nothing: Everyone goes through puberty at different ages and with different rates of physical change. Some begin as early as 11 or 12 some are delayed until later teen years. Its a great sign that your breasts are changing now, it means you are releasing estrogens and the body is changing as expected. If there isn't as much change or things don't seem right see a gynecologist they can check hormone levels ...Read more

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Help please! is breast development normal on my 10 year old daughter?

Help please! is breast development normal on my 10 year old daughter?

Usually: Breast budding as an initial visible sign of puberty usually occurs around 10-11 yrs . It occurs earlier and later in some. It generally precedes the onset of menses by 2.5 years. ...Read more

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Is breast development normal on my 10 year old daughter? How do I know when she is ready for something more than a sports bra?

Is breast development normal on my 10 year old daughter? How do I know when she is ready for something more than a sports bra?

It can be.: Talk to your pediatrician about your child's development. Puberty can hit some children as early as 9 years old, while other lag behind. The use and fitting of bras is something that you will have to play by ear. ...Read more

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My 11 year old daughter has been telling me that that the lump under her nipples (the one you get from breast development) has been very sensitive.

My 11 year old daughter has been telling me that that the lump under her nipples (the one you get from breast development) has been very sensitive.

Normal tissue: Thelarche is the term used for the emergence of breast tissue in the beginning stages of puberty. A spongy bit of true breast tissue is located directly under the nipple on one or both sides. It can be tender to touch & one side may emerge before the other.I see 3-5 /yr come to my office for the same question.Menses is expected to follow in 2.5-3yrs. ...Read more

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16 year old with Crohn's disease, treated with estrogen patch for primary amenorrhea. How long before breast development and periods?

16 year old with Crohn's disease, treated with estrogen patch for primary amenorrhea. How long before breast development and periods?

No first period?: If the md has "worked up" the diagnosis and is using an adequate amount of estrogen in either pill or patch, then development should occur within six months and periods when Progesterone is added. ...Read more

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I am in stage 5 of breast development at 15 years. My periods have always went between regular and irregular. How do I know how developed my uterus is?

I am in stage 5 of breast development at 15 years. My periods have always went between regular and irregular. How do I know how developed my uterus is?

Fully developed: Your uterus should be fully developed since you have gone through puberty and are having periods. Girls can have irregular periods for a year or two after starting their periods. Your uterus is still working normally and it is still possible to get pregnant even though your cycles are irregular. If you have more specific concerns about your cycles, please talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: early breast development?

What is the definition or description of: early breast development?

Premature thelarche: Is the technical name and means breast development earlier than "normal". Breast bud development can begin as early as 8 years old in some girls and is more usually between 10 and 12 years old. If there is actual breast development before age 8 then it can indicate a hormone problem (precocious puberty) and an endocrine appointment is needed to evaluate. ...Read more

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Are my breast done growing? What age does breast development stop?

Usually 18: You can still have breast growth after your development matures. Breast size depends on genetics and weight. It can also change with hormones and childbirth. ...Read more

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Is it true that there are possibility of breast development until the age of 23 ?

Yes, but: "Breast development occurs in distinct stages throughout a woman's life, first before birth, again at puberty, and during the childbearing years. Changes also occur to the breasts during the menstrual cycle and when a woman reaches menopause." from the following Hopkins site with further details http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/breast_health/normal_breast_development_and_changes_85,P00151/ ...Read more

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Daughter is 7 and starting to have breast development and needs a training bra already!!!! Is this to early? Does this mean she will start young?

Daughter is 7 and starting to have breast development and needs a training bra already!!!! Is this to early? Does this mean she will start young?

Not necessarily: It depends. Concern about precocious puberty is very valid. Stages of development and when it occurs vary from child to child. There are some genetic factor (e.g. if you developed early, your child might too). Besides secondary sex characteristics, other factors e.g. weight & height growth also need to be considered. If concern, consider seeing a pediatric endocrinologist & speak w/pediatrician ...Read more

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Can early breast development lead to higher risk of breast cancer?

Indirectly: People who go thru puberty at an early age and/or menopause late in life have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. We believe this is due to prolonged exposure to high estrogen levels. ...Read more

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Can weight gainers which are rich in soy proteins help in breast development in a girl of age around 21?

Can weight gainers which are rich in soy proteins help in breast development in a girl of age around 21?

Perhaps: It will not help with breast development. It might add fat to the breast tissue if you eat enough of it to gain weight. But then you gain weight in the genetic areas of your body that fat weight is stored. Some people abdomen, buttock, breast, all over. Obestiy is not a healthy reason to enlarge your breast tissue. ...Read more

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I am 18 years old.i am getting my periods 10 days early and this hapens every month.i am having nioole dicharge from both breasts.should i worry?

I am 18 years old.i am getting my periods 10 days early and this hapens every month.i am having nioole dicharge from both breasts.should i worry?

Yes see MD: It's common for women your age to have some irregularity to their menstrual cycle. But irregularity such as you described, combined with the nipple discharge is a red flag.... you need to see a physician right away. A physical exam, blood tests, and maybe even imaging (such as ultrasound) to make sure there is no abnormal growth causing these changes in your body. ...Read more

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I have girlfriend that's 18 with no breast development at all. Is there any hope for her?

I have girlfriend that's 18 with no breast development at all. Is there any hope for her?

Hope for ? : Hope for larger breasts? Yes mammoplasty. Hope for her developing them later? Maybe. It matters if her small size is affecting her self esteem or confidence. As women age & have babies, their breasts tend to grow. She should talk to her doctor if it bothers her that much. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Breast Development (Definition)

Breast development is the normal condition in which a girl develops breasts during puberty, for the future purpose of breastfeeding her children. Breasts development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). There is much normal variation, such as asymmetric breasts, large/small breasts, or ...Read more