During my transformation into a hot flushing, night sweating, forgetful version of my former self, I never wondered if my breasts would change. They Did.

My once perky bra size 12B for bounce breasts, spread sideways into fried-egg shaped 14DDs for definitely different.

Meno Martha and 14DDsLike 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.

In Healthy Body: Breast Changes In Older Women the NHS Choices’ (National Health Service England) 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”.

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

“In 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, which affects breast tissue. After menopause, the glandular tissue of the breast is largely replaced by fatty tissue”.

If you have ever wondered how often bras should 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 not.

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Last Updated: 26 May 2018 – Last Revised: 08 January 2018
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