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How long
will it take
for my breasts
to grow?

#boobs, #puberty

When your boobs begin to develop during puberty, they may take between 3 – 10 years to completely grow and they may continue becoming rounder and fuller right into your twenties! Also, DID YOU KNOW…94% of us girls worry, or have worried about odour or feeling fresh down there.


You can go
swimming on
your period

What are the
signs that my
boobs are

#boobs, #puberty

One of the first signs you've started puberty is when you develop breasts, which can be noticed up to 2 years before your period arrives.

Normally, the first sign is when you develop the ‘breast bud’, which are basically small raised lumps behind your nipple area. Breast buds are made up of milk glands, tissue, fat and muscle and it's very normal for one to start showing before the other. It might also take a few months before the second breast starts to develop too. They might also feel a bit tender, especially if they’re accidentally knocked. This is very normal as the breasts continue to develop over the next few years.


It's also not unusual for the nipple area to become a little sore and sometimes cracked. Don’t worry; rub a little cream in before you go to bed to prevent them from feeling sore or tender.

What’s normal?

#boobs, #puberty

No matter what you hear, see or read, all breasts are great and no size is better than any other. The size of your boobs that you'll end up is partly down to genetics, which means you're likely to take after your mum or dad’s side (weird right!) It's also true that no two breasts are exactly the same, and one breast might always look slightly different in shape and size to the other, even when fully grown. Some girls are really proud of their new shape, while others feel embarrassed if they develop breasts first. Either way, just remember girls hit puberty at different stages so therefore develop their own boobs at different times and there’s no rush!


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I've always felt really embarrassed of my boobs... because they were non existent. Literally, I was the only girl without ANY type of bra, not even a crop to or training bra. But recently they grew in a big spurt and now my mum has bought me a soft cup bra! I feel so much more confident now.


Since starting my periods my boobs have got a lot rounder and bigger i'm developing alot more now and am not embarrassed by my puberty changes now as my mom says I'm becoming a woman and I am looking forward to becoming a woman. I'm 12 and I now fit 32C cup bras.


I really liked getting boobs at 10 as I got to wear pretty bras. The first one i got was white with cute lace all around.

Destructo pig

So I got a crop top/training bra when I was 10. My nipples were starting to poke through and where a little tender. I couldn’t face telling my mum this so I told her “mom it is sooo hot in school and we have to wear our jumpers so I am wearing 3 layers- my vest, shirt and jumper! She asked my why I was wearing a vest in summer and I was like “ I don’t want the boys to look at my while I am changing for PE. So the next time we went shopping I got my first croptop. I am now 13 and I still have those crop tops - they are way too small and are very tight . My boobs bulge under the elastic band and I need ones but I am way too scared to ask so it looks like I’ll just have to struggle on...


Hi I’m a 10 year old and have pain in my upper half I have started wearing crop tops but I don’t think they do enough justice I saw a bra in m and s that was a size aa I recon I could fit into it but I don’t know I’m also worried about starting my period how long do you think it will take for it to come


I got booblets at 8, they grew the quickest between 9 & 10 & were a B cup by 11 and are still there, so I think they're done. Period was 9, close to 9 1/2. They were all over the place at first but got regular about a year later. Pubes came last for me, peach fuzz the summer I turned 10... I don't know if they're finished growing in because I don't let them.

To Jamie

To Jamie I read your message and am really sorry about your situation. How about you ask agony aunt vicki on the “ask vicki” page. I know this is hard and takes a while, but learn to love yourself and be confident about your bisexuality. As long you do not hurt anyone else, be yourself and be proud of who you are. Just remember that at least one person loves you in this world. Maybe speak to your school councillor (if you have one) or an adult/teacher/grandparent that you trust about how you feel, and remember that you are doing nothing wrong by being yourself. Try to give yourself a smile or tell yourself ‘you are great’ to the mirror everyday. I believe inside every person there is something beautiful, so embrace that thing, however unique or quirky.


If you have a question about periods, changes to your body or how you're feeling and can’t find the answer on here, ask Vicki for some advice. Just type in your question and press submit.


If Vicki can help you, she'll post an answer in the ‘Your questions answered’ page, so don't forget to keep checking it
(and the best thing is nobody will ever know it was you that asked!)