During my transformation into a hot flushing, night sweating, forgetful version of my former self, I never stopped to wonder if my breasts would change. They did.

Menopause Breast ChangesMy once perky bra size 12B breasts, spread sideways into fried-egg shaped 14DDs, for definitely different

Like the rest of me, I suspect this transformation did not happen overnight but it was not until my bras felt as if they were pinching me, I started to notice the change. Someone else may have.

40-ish Breast Changes

What breast changes may 40-ish women experience?

In Healthy Body: Breast Changes In Older Women the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) elaborate on:

“From around the age of 40, you can expect your breasts to change in size and shape.

It’s normal for breast tissue to become less glandular and more fatty as you get older, which makes them feel less firm and full”.

Breast Discomfort

Is there an association between breast discomfort and perimenopause?

In About Your Breasts: Normal Breast Changes During Life the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health note:

“During the perimenopausal years, when women transition from regular periods to their final period (menopause), women often experience increased breast discomfort because of a change in hormone levels that affects breast tissue.

After menopause, the glandular tissue of the breast is largely replaced by fatty tissue”.

Breast Sagging

Is there an association between breast sagging and menopause?

In Healthy Body: Breast Changes In Older Women the NHS explain:

“Declining oestrogen levels at the menopause make breast tissue dehydrated and less elastic, so your breasts lose their once rounded shape and begin to sag”.

New Bras

How often should bras be replaced?

I once read bras should never celebrate a birthday. Perhaps choosing to replace our bras in January, may make this easier to remember and result in an uplifting start to the new year.

Or, if you are feeling like a pick-me-up, forget about bra birthdays and indulge yourself with a racy-va-va-voom number, just for you.

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Last Updated: 29 July 2020 – Last Revised: 29 July 2020. Publication Date: 02 December 2018
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