Get the truth about what's in your bra!


We've noticed some comments lately (which we did not publish) that reveal some misunderstandings about breasts/boobs/whatever you call them.

We thought we'd clear these ideas up, so everyone can know the facts and not be worried about stuff they don't need to worry about.

Truth #1:Playing sports doesn't' make you flat.
This can be a little confusing, but if you have less body fat (a good thing!), your breasts may be smaller because there's just less of you. And girls who are very active often can be in this leaner category.

In extreme cases of very intense workout schedules (think Olympic athlete), having less body fat can delay someone's first period. But most typical girls will benefit from playing sports and it will make their bodies healthier.

It's also important to note that playing sports isn't going to make your already developed breasts disappear. Someone said they thought this happened to ballerinas. More likely is that people who end up being great at ballet also have lean, ballerina-like bodies.

Truth #2: Bras don't prevent - or cause - breast cancer. We've had girls write in saying they finally agreed to wear a bra because they didn't want to get breast cancer. Other girls worry about whether certain kinds of bras are cancer-causing. But there's no connection between bras and this serious illness, which typically affects older women.

It's a good idea to know a little bit about breast cancer, though. Here's an article that explains more: Breast Cancer

We recently wrote a post about how we read every comment people post and the rules we use for deciding which ones to publish. Basically, we OK everything unless it's mean, inappropriate, or a girl has shared too much personal info.

Now we'll add another category: We don't post comments that are wrong about health issues. Don't feel bad if you made one of these comments. Let's all keep learning together!

Think pink!
Jemma

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think i was the main reason for #1 which is true:) so i was write a lil

September 19, 2011 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love wearing my prepare bra.

September 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bras r great but its ok if you dont want 2 wear them. :)

September 20, 2011 at 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had a "training bra" (A size cup) since last june it works I'm in 7th grade. yeahs my breasts are tiny! lol :) I admit it. but I'd rather be an A than a C!!! (a few of those in my grade, since like 5th grade...)

September 20, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wanna be a c but im a a

September 21, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im a 38b in sixth grade. Ugh all they do is get in my way and make it hard for me to wear the shirts i like!

September 21, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Hannah Banana said...

I'm very flat. I probly don't need a training bra.

September 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im in 2 year and i have a d cup the bra i wear is comfortable but i do alot of sports dont know y but i get alot of attention from the boys because ma boobs x

September 22, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous A.M said...

I have big boobs for a girl. My friend does to so it makes it less awkward knowing I'm not the only one in my class who has "matured" really fast. But this girl is really mean at my school she makes fun of my hair my weight and know my boobs. I was running today and my friend herd her sat "get a bra." which made feel afull because I do where one. It's dosent have cups this. I'm not close with my mom and it's like talking to a stranger about this stuff with her. I tried picking out shirts with cups but she always says no! Please help <3

September 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe its time to take matters into your own hands. Find another adult that you trust and explain the situation. Maybe go with your best friends mom or a aunt.

September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow i wish i had at least a b cup but im a 32 a its not that much i do tslk with my mmom when i really have too but i usally ask my sister in law so ask a sister (older) becasue she been through all this :)- sami <3

September 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have tiny breasts mostly none. I wish i had breasts! when I tried my moms bra when she left for something it looked better than a flat board!

September 25, 2011 at 1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im in the 8th grade and i have small boobs! my friends have bigger and im a size 0 but i have to wear a belt with them is it becasue im so small?? plz answer!

September 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So excited 4th book came out today!!!
LUV U PLS!!

September 27, 2011 at 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 10 and i had a bra sense 3rd grade and i am now in 5th grade i wear size 32a its fun to think your growing up but my mom makes fun of me and she tells her boyfriend its embarrassing trust me i get red cheeks bad but my moms only a size 36b

October 1, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i am 13 and a 36B and I think it is fine! don't worry about getting too big boobs! my mum is a 38DD and she is fine!

October 5, 2011 at 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just turned 12 and i have 30b! its nice to feel growing up.in my class many girls have BIG BOOBS! And i am the only one in my "group" of friends that have started onto a prper bra....the rest are FLAT AS A BORED!! Dont worry...my mums a 36d

October 7, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Isa said...

I'm not 11 yet but will be in December. Should I worry about getting boobs? It started growing a little then stopped.. Everyone in my class has at a 32 A (assumed) I got a little bit more than being flat :(

October 8, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Anonymous bellbell said...

im in the 5th and i wear a 30b

October 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous bellbell said...

i wear a b and im in the 5th grade

October 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm a 36a and pewny. my friend wears a bra even though shes flat because her mom says it helps her self esteem. its kinda weird but it works for her.

October 11, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do we know if they have answered our questions

October 12, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't like the felling of bras but if you need it were it because if you don't people will see your nipples and you will look so weird

October 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Anonymous TiggyR said...

I'm a 32C and i'm in year 8 :/ not good :/ but i don't mind wearing bras, cause I don't want to bounce everywhere :)

October 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im almost 11 and my boobs are kinda small and im wearing a training bra should i start to where 1 of those cup bras

October 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well this is embarrasing but i'm 13 and wear an 8A

I want bigger boobs and my period but im just a really late bloomer and i don't like it!!

October 27, 2011 at 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im 11 and im a 32A. should i worry.

October 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Rhonnie said...

don't worry :) I know a lot of girls that are 11 with that size. People have differnt sizes. I'm 32AA

November 2, 2011 at 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really worried because I'm 13 and I don't have breasts or a bra! (well, I have a sports bra but that's it!)

November 4, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Rhonnie said...

don't worry
even if you start developing late, it doesn't mean that you are going to have big breasts in the end!
Everyone seems to think that they are too small or too big, but everyone is unique.

November 7, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really want a bra but my breasts only staring growing a teeny tiny bit and everyone in my faily was late but i really want a bra eveen tho i dont need one

November 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous anonymous said...

i am a B 32 and i like it except they get tender when i am on my period!! i admit i want them bigger but?? i cant control that.

November 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous curly33 said...

If you want a bra but don't really need one, I would say that you should get a training bra or sports bra. They are very comfortable for starting out, and then eventually you will be ready to move on from either one of those to a padded bra.

Hope this helped, Anonymous!

November 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM  
Anonymous splashkitty4427 said...

you dont need to have a paded bra to be happy!!!!!! but if you geting a paded one...... Try to get one that looks cute,and feels right!!!! :)

November 10, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Lilybug said...

I use the bras that dont have padding but have hooks like regular bras.

November 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM  
Anonymous angel00devil said...

If your parents won't let you buy any kind of bra and you feel left out, wear a camisol or tank top under your shirt.

November 16, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi all my friends are starting to were paded bras and my mom got me one one what should i do

November 18, 2011 at 10:42 PM  
Anonymous curly33 said...

To Anonymous,
If you think you are ready for one you can just try wearing it. Your mom may have gotten it for you because she thinks your ready for it. But if you can surely decide that you are not ready for a padded bra yet, then just tell her. She wants you to be comfortable as much as you want yourself to be. Hope this helped:)!

November 20, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous gymnast said...

My gymnastics coach said that gymnasts usually have very very irregular or late periods. Even though I work out 4 hours 3 days a week is that considered extreme cases of olympic workout? Could it be true what she said? Ps She said since they have less body fat:/ plz answer this jemma or someone who really knows what they're talking about!!!!!!!!!!

November 20, 2011 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous gymnast said...

plz answer my question!

November 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Dontworrybhappy said...

Really, DON'T worry one bit about your breasts!!!! It is seriously fine! Please don't waste your time worrying about them because there's nothing that you can do to make them grow!!!! Worrying about this won't change anything. If you have serious concerns, talk to a doctor. Otherwise, have fun being you!! =D

November 23, 2011 at 10:41 PM  
Anonymous gymnast said...

jemma can u answer my question?

November 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Abbey said...

Ok so Im 11and i am in 6 grade and I still have a training bra. Im a little bigger then I was last year but Im still flat. Should I be worried that my boobs arent growing? HELP ME!

November 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous curly33 said...

To Abbey, No don't be worried! I'm the exact same, and it is probably just because you have less body fat.

Hope this helped,
curly33

November 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Abbey said...

Thanks Curly33! I was getting worried.

December 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Abbey,
it's ok!!! Im 11 and not even wearing a sports bra! No kind or bra at all! ( kind of embarrassing ) sixth grade so don't worry! I don't have a bra at all

December 3, 2011 at 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hiimin the 8th grade and i have no breasts.literally im getting worried about it.
please help

December 4, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous fizzel1999 said...

i am a year 7 with 32E cup and i am poping out of it i dont know what to do cuz i dont want to grow no more.... advice please!!!!!xxx<3

December 5, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Anonymous ABBA456 said...

Hey guys! Trust me...... I'm 10 and I wear a 32 b size and also only two people in the whole 5th grade wear a B! And Im one of them! But here's my question: Since my boobs are so big for a 10 year old I get TONS of attention from the wandering eyes of boys! One today even said, ''Hey ----! Why don't you flash us a peak! What should I do?PLS ANSWER!

December 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous l-sap said...

Abbau need to slap some sense into tht boy! that is totally and completely innappropriate and wrong! Next time he or anyone says something like tht, u need to say, " excuse me??! You are disgustng!" Tht may sound mean and it sorta is but not in this situation! Take charge! Hope i helped!! :)

December 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous dadazzlingstar said...

exactly!! talk to someone, or stand up to them....tell them to tell it to somebody who cares or tell them to get lost.....don't just stand there letting them rule you and make you uncomfortable!!

December 18, 2011 at 4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa whoa . I'm am sick and tried of my breasts what should I do ?

December 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think i might need to start wearing cupbras. I alreaady have some but there not comfortable there just 'hand me downs'. I saw this sign that said'bras for sale'and they said they could mesure you to see which one is best for you but im afraid to ask my mum if we can go

December 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been in most bra sizes guys all I can say is that when it comes to your boobs, be proud of what you got, even if you don't have anything. Because some girls wish they were your bra size.. crazy but true

December 26, 2011 at 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

abba456 seriously? tell them to stop being perverts and to get a life.. boys are so gross now-a-days

December 26, 2011 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Becca said...

Im 12 and Ive got a 28AA but My Mum says I need a new bra. She means I have to go up a size. My best friend is a 34AA so Im worried that I am not normal :/ Also I have hair and discharge ( maybe my period) but tiny boobs. Is this normal? Should a bra dig in?

December 30, 2011 at 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it's completely normal 2 be that size at that age! There r even women with that size! But no your bra should'nt dig in that means its 2 small! Good luck :)

January 3, 2012 at 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To fizzel1999 who said: i am a year 7 with 32E cup and i am poping out of it i dont know what to do cuz i dont want to grow no more.... advice please!!!!!xxx<3
u need a bigger bra! u need 2 try & except the fact that ur growing! it may be hard but there are probably girls in ur grade who r flat chested who wished their chest was ur size! Try 2 except it and u can even get a minimizer bra if u really want cuz it gives the appearance that ur chest is smaller but its still comfy. or u can try flowy tops that hide it Good luck! :)

January 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To ABBA456 im so sorry they sed that 2 u THOSE JERKS! but ya one of my friends had pretty big breasts and this guy in my class is just like (im gunna make up a name): " *Amelia* has Big boobs!" Out loud in front of the hole class when the teacher wasnt there! she was SO embarrassed! Me and my other friends pwned him so bad after were just like: " Oh so u like her? Y r u paying so much attenetion 2 them?" & stuff like that so she felt better but ya tween guys have been so gross lately! P.S. I'm 11 & in grade 6

January 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Whether you think your boobs are too big or too small, you should try to do something about it.
Big: Try wearing a sports bra. I find that they tend to smooth out your appearance. You could also try minimizer bra, but a sports bra might be easier, more comfortable, and skip an embarrassing conversation with your parent(s). Also, avoid tightly fitted shirts. Try looser (but still cute!) t-shirts.
Small: In this case I would suggest that you ask your mom (or dad) to take you shopping for bras and pick out a padded one. Also wear tightly fitted shirts. It will help.
Hope this helps.

January 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Caroline! I've always thought that mine are too big so I'll try your tips! ;)

January 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Becca;) said...

@Anonymous who helped me: Thank You! We went for one and the lady at the mall explained exactly what you said. That is was perfectly normal. Thank You again :)

January 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Mere said...

Don't worry any flat-chested girls out there! My cousin is 14 and is a freshman and has boobs like mine and I'm twelve! I'm also a late bloomer and I don't even wear cups yet. Don't worry! Puberty will hit you when it hits you!

January 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw my mom looking @ bras yesterday @ target! Does it mean I'm going to get a bra soon? ( she was looking at the girls bras) I think that she is gonna buy one 4 me but my brother was there. But at the toys section and yeah my mom probably didn't no or see me... So maybe nxt time that we go shopping alone sell get me one!

January 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EEEEEEEEEK! I DISLIKE bras!! Who's with me? Say I agree with A (short for Anonymous) is you agree. I AGREE WITH A!!!!!!!

January 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my mum is a 12c and my sister is a 12b im a 12a what am i gonna be when i stop devloping
im 13

January 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Bailey said...

Im a 30 aa. I wish i had biger boobs. Even though my friends dont have very big boobs. Im biger than most of them though i still want a size b cup and a padded bra. Right now i have a sports bra (no padding :( ) oh ya, im in 4th grade and will be turning 10 January 22 though. I feel like my bra is a little small but im scared to ask my mom PLEASE HELP!

January 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need help. I am the shortest girl in sixth grade. Some of the fith graders are taller. My doctor says i may not be as tall as my mom. What do I do?

January 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bailey! Don't worry, I feel your pain. I'm in grade 6 and I still wear a sports bra. And they are sagging! Don't worry, you will get padded bras eventually! :D

January 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Brownie bites said...

@hannahbanana. Being flat is ok. Even if you are flat,if you fell left out go get a training bra and wear it around. It will make you feel confident about your body. I know it made me confident. Hope this helps to you and anyone who needs information. See ya :)

March 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Willow said...

To be honest i dont really think if your a 30aa you NEED a bra but i recommend that you get one (sports is totally fine) just for comfort and im one size above 30aa and i wear them for comfort and also because its kinda wierd if you can see your bumps through your top...if you know what i mean :)

Hope i helped ya x

April 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys! I'm 11 and probably mid sized breast for my age I wear 34a and my mom won't buy me a padded bra! What should I do! Ps all the other girls in my class don't wear one but I feel like I do. Right now I just wear a cami type thing that has a built in bra

June 26, 2012 at 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A AA Is flat so you don't even need a bra without padding. But it's okay if it's for comfort.

August 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being short is okay! I'm naturally short and I've had growth spurts and I'm only 5' going into seventh grade!

August 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Although, girls that are completely flat don't need a padded bra ; it will just look un natural

August 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Erin-No-Bra said...

help me please!! :( no one gave me "the talk yet" i dont wear no bra either! and i want to.... dont think im a creep please though... i also think i NEED one! i mean.. they kind of make my shirt look weird...theyre kinda pointy. and my mom got me these bras that go straight across the chest, not v neck to wear ONLY for when shirt neckline go to low. i put one on under a tshirt it doesnt do anything. i THINK i might even fit into the smallest size cups that they make. im 10

August 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Erin no bra I you fit into the smallest cups that they make then, the truth is is you don't need a cupped bra. But, in the meantime, try out sports bras and trainer bras. If your looking for a sports bra that is thick and not see through the sports bras in the women's department are thicker and there are actually very small sizes in those.

October 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Erin no bra
When I wore training bras they definitely went low enough. Try the style of training bra that looks like it has two triangles. You can even find trainer bras that are racer back. Also, sports bras with adjustable straps will work well.

November 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask another close family member like a sister, aunt, or grandma if they could bring you shopping. Your mom might just have a hard time with you growing up.

November 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM  

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