Archive | June 2012

Search Term Roundup

I have wanted for awhile to make a post addressing some of the questions/issues that bring people to my blog. This is the first one:

“if i regain weight will my boobs be the same as before” It’s hard to say. It really depends on the boobs and on the weight loss/gain. A few pounds on and off won’t make a lot of difference, especially in a short span of time. Weight gained years after weight loss, though, just won’t come back on the same way.

Two things I can tell you: One,  your breasts will continue to change throughout your life. Sometimes the changes are drastic, sometimes they are subtle. Two, barring some kind of surgery, your breast shape will be the same, no matter your size. If you start out full on top, you will probably stay that way.

“my son is taking hormones and is growing breast.”  What kind of hormones is your son taking? If they are “female hormones”, it is almost certain that you have a daughter, rather than a son,  and it would be kind and loving of you to respect her gender identity and call her “daughter”.

Anabolic steroids can also cause men to grow breasts. This is a sign of steroid abuse.  It happens most among bodybuilders, but also among average guys who think that steroids can be safely used to increase their muscle mass a bit. Man boobs (the technical term is “gynecomastia”) are only one side effect of steroid abuse, and some of them are much worse. If your son is using anabolic steroids and growing breasts, you should try to convince him to get off the steroids and to see a doctor.

“bra cups too round” If your bra cups are too round, it is probably a cheap foam-padded contour cup bra. Try some seamed bras! Freya Lingerie, Fantasie of England, and Panache Superbra (and its pendant brands) all make seamed bras that give you a more natural look. Seamed bras are also far more supportive.

“best bras for shallow breasts” Bras from Chantelle, Panache, and Cleo are usually shallow in the cup. Fantasie of England plunge bras are also shallow, compared to their other bras. Among US brands, I know that Wacoal has shallow cups.

“bra sister sizes chart” Sister sizes work in some brands and not in others. I have found that in Fantasie, sister sizing is usually accurate; in Panache, it isn’t. In most brands, you go up a cup and down a band to get a sister size; that means that the sister size to 36C is 34D.

“can my boobs keep growing even if they are supposed to be small” I don’t know who decided that your boobs are “supposed to be small”.  The answer is that yes, your breast size can and probably will change throughout your life. My breasts took a huge growth spurt in my early 30s.

“contraceptive pill water retention on bum” If you are retaining water, it is usually all over your body, not just your bum. Sometimes it can pool in the feet and ankles. But your bum is probably not full of water.

“i changed my bra and i still have bra strap marks” Are you sure your band is tight enough? A loose band puts too much weight on the straps. But for some of us, a well-fitting band doesn’t stop the pain and marks in our shoulders. They say that the straps should only support 10% of the weight of your breasts, but if your breasts are large and heavy, that’s still a lot.  Look for bras with wide straps to help diffuse the force.

Freya Active Underwire

I am pleased to report that after 2 months off of HBC, my boobs shrank a little bit. It is a good start. However, the rest of me is holding pretty steady: it comes off and comes back on. I have some symptoms of low cortisol, so I am treating that, but also I have been pretty sedentary since school let out for summer. The place I am living right now is super-hot, so I’ve been hiding inside. In the interest of keeping fit and possibly getting back to the (much more comfortable) size I was in January, I started seriously shopping for a sports bra.

Though I am pretty active during the school semester, I haven’t done a proper workout in quite awhile, for lack of a good sports bra. I bought a Shock Absorber D-Max last year and it was not a good fit for me. It was a little too small in the cups (so now, it would be way too small) but more importantly, the position of the straps was very bad for me. The straps were set kind of close to the neck, and so they dug into my shoulder muscles painfully. I think a good sports bra should be comfortable to wear for hours, but this one was agonizing after only a few hours. I was finally ready for something better.

I eventually narrowed my choices down to the Panache Sports Bra, the Freya Active, and the Elomi Energise. I ended up ruling out Panache, largely because I was getting a lot of contradictory information about sizing and fit, and I didn’t want to take the chance on it. So it was between Elomi and Freya.

Freya is not a brand that usually fit me very well. Their bras are just not cut for my shape: they often position the breasts too far out to the sides, or have a weird crinkle in the top of the cup. The sports bra does seem to push things outward, but it might not be bad enough to interfere with a workout.

On the other hand, I have never been much of an Elomi person either, but that is mainly because most of their bras are full-cup and have center-pull straps. These are two things I don’t like in an every day bra. The Energise sports bra, though, looks very comfortable and supportive in photos.  It also seems to bring the boobs very front and center.

I was strongly leaning toward the Elomi, but in the end I went with the Freya because it was cheaper. I ordered it in black because some  people say that the black and white models are more comfortable and flexible in fit, and because people say the bands are super-tight, I ordered a 36G.

I am now awaiting the arrival of my new sports bra, and am anxious to get to the weights and other workouts. Once I have tried the Freya I will give a review. I do hope to try the Energise someday as well, because it looks like a good bra. I the meantime, I intend to put the Freya Active to work.