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One boob is shrinking. WTF?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 03, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I've been paleo-flexible (dairy if I feel like it, small indulgences when I feel I'd be missing out) for about 10 weeks, and I've dropped almost 20lbs and made great strides in my sports training. My adult-low bodyweight thus far is right around 170, and I got there with 10-mile bike commutes to my jobs as a valet and as a Curves attendant. So, it's not unfamiliar territory, but I'm happy to be back.

But my left boob is shrinking. The right is not. I am getting to be noticably asymmetrical. I understand that it's not uncommon, but it's new for me! WTF?

Is this likely to correct? Anyone else experience this? I'm not stressing, and I'll be okay, but I sure did like having a matched pair!

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on May 02, 2013
at 08:34 PM

You girls realize this is probably happening because the paleo diet is less estrogenic, right? I am worried that the answer checked is essentially see-a-doctor. The symmetry ought to take care of itself eventually.

83d6a06c93bb3490dbca339cbbb63385

(526)

on November 29, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I do think she ought to see a doctor, but I just want to say that my whole life my breasts have been very asymmetrical and become increasing so as I lose weight. We are talking DD compared to C+. Quite a difference. Annoying and noticeable but just normal for me. At a higher body weight the difference was marginal.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 04, 2011
at 04:06 PM

@kate: YAY! The chance of anything serious at your age is small, but, given your description, still needed a check. Now onward and upward to more health for you!

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on August 04, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Hmmm... I need to make better friends!

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on August 04, 2011
at 03:54 PM

If it's the worst thing that happens, I can live with that!

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on August 04, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Thanks! Luckily, I had my annual exam yesterday and had the opportunity to ask the doc. She said everything felt normal and assured me that the difference was a)not as noticable as I'd thought, and b) not unusual.

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on August 04, 2011
at 03:40 PM

No babbies for me!

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on August 04, 2011
at 12:50 PM

+1 for solid advice in a well detailed manner

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(5639)

on August 04, 2011
at 07:39 AM

hahaha were they paleo-babbies?

Ede6029838b9d17195c84bab64a5d88d

(181)

on August 04, 2011
at 01:42 AM

hmmmm, maybe it is not shrinking but the other one is growing?

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on August 04, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I want that on a billboard.

D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 04, 2011
at 12:31 AM

That is so cool, I never knew that about the face thing, just started noticing my breasts getting smaller too :(

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:04 PM

I feel ya. I was a full A cup pre-Paleo, now mine are probably smaller than Gwen Stefani's :(

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Mine were asymmetrical first, and the larger one is the workhorse still, two babies later. Also the leaker.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:53 PM

I like the one that say's "Save second base".

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

(452)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Thank goodness. This question had me concerned for my own boobage.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:23 PM

Thank for you sharing the dirty little secret no one talks about. Uneven for sure. I lost all the fat in my breasts or it may have gone to my thighs. Not sure. All I know is it's a barren wasteland up there. Boo.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 03, 2011
at 10:05 PM

You can buy the shirt too! http://shop.cafepress.com/save-the-boobies

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:54 PM

"Save the boobies". Now that's a charity I would SUPPORT.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:44 PM

Somebody please come up with a solution soon! Save the boobie!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:41 PM

+1 for the phrase "paleo-flexible." ;)

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Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 03, 2011
at 10:04 PM

You need to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. If access (usually related to lack of insurance) is an issue, call your nearest public health clinic and ask if they have a women's health care program/ Nurse Practitioner that can evaluate you. If not, ask for referrals to no or low cost options in your community.

I have no idea why this is happening. But there can be reasons for what appear to be breast "shrinkage" or skin/other changes of the breast that could potentially be serious and need care.

Is this an issue that you need to go to an ER for? No. And you would not get the evaluation that you need in an ER.

Edit: As per a comment you received to response #2. It is typical, if anything, especially for women, to FIRST lose weight in the face, particularly the upper face and the CHEST - yes, breasts. What is not typical at all, is to lose that weight so unequally that it causes an obvious, observable and growing difference between the size of the individual breasts. The disparity between the breasts is the issue. Losing weight unequally in areas of the body is typical and a non-issue.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on August 04, 2011
at 12:50 PM

+1 for solid advice in a well detailed manner

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on August 04, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Thanks! Luckily, I had my annual exam yesterday and had the opportunity to ask the doc. She said everything felt normal and assured me that the difference was a)not as noticable as I'd thought, and b) not unusual.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 04, 2011
at 04:06 PM

@kate: YAY! The chance of anything serious at your age is small, but, given your description, still needed a check. Now onward and upward to more health for you!

D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 04, 2011
at 12:31 AM

That is so cool, I never knew that about the face thing, just started noticing my breasts getting smaller too :(

83d6a06c93bb3490dbca339cbbb63385

(526)

on November 29, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I do think she ought to see a doctor, but I just want to say that my whole life my breasts have been very asymmetrical and become increasing so as I lose weight. We are talking DD compared to C+. Quite a difference. Annoying and noticeable but just normal for me. At a higher body weight the difference was marginal.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 03, 2011
at 09:44 PM

You could just be losing weight in odd places, it never comes off evenly or in the areas you'd expect it to. The one downside of weight loss is losing boobage :(

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:23 PM

Thank for you sharing the dirty little secret no one talks about. Uneven for sure. I lost all the fat in my breasts or it may have gone to my thighs. Not sure. All I know is it's a barren wasteland up there. Boo.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 03, 2011
at 11:04 PM

I feel ya. I was a full A cup pre-Paleo, now mine are probably smaller than Gwen Stefani's :(

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on August 04, 2011
at 03:54 PM

If it's the worst thing that happens, I can live with that!

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 03, 2011
at 09:46 PM

I can't speak from personal experience, but I do know there were many women on LC forums saying they were losing weight asymmetrically (not necessarily in their breasts, just in general) and I remember a lot of them saying everything evened out eventually.

Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

(452)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Thank goodness. This question had me concerned for my own boobage.

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:28 PM

Have you ever breastfed? Is yes, then this can be a contributing factor. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/breastfeeding-9/after-nursing

I nursed two babbies and one breast was more of a workhorse than the other. As a result I think I am a little asymmetrical.

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(5639)

on August 04, 2011
at 07:39 AM

hahaha were they paleo-babbies?

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Mine were asymmetrical first, and the larger one is the workhorse still, two babies later. Also the leaker.

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on August 04, 2011
at 03:40 PM

No babbies for me!

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B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

on August 04, 2011
at 05:22 AM

Are you sure it's not that your other boob is growing? It sounds like a frivolous question, but one boob growing larger is a sign of breast cancer. Not to scare you, but please make sure you get checked out by a doctor.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 04, 2011
at 06:14 AM

Couldn't hurt to visit the doc. I wonder if there could be something going on with the lymphatic drainage in the breast that isn't shrinking. You could get a good pal to do some deep booby massage towards the armpits for a few weeks and see if things start to even up.

0da5765a48caf2a44d9816ca4caf612b

on August 04, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Hmmm... I need to make better friends!

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Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on August 03, 2011
at 10:07 PM

I agree with mem, please see your doctor, just to be safe.

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Aeead34e7e3428d67939afc4bfc14577

(0)

on May 02, 2013
at 07:17 PM

Im 25 years old, I have also noticed my right side of my breast is getting small! The shape is different from my left breast. I have been noticing it for the past 3 months!! I don't have any breast cancer symptoms - no lumps! only the size difference, its sore and having pains! I do have family history of cancer, my grandma (mum's mum) had breast cancer, should I worry I may have a breast problem? Usually my right boob is bigger than the left. I know it can change sides due hormones (which my nurse told me) but my boobs just don't look right! Help me please! I have got doctors appointment next week, I am going to ask for mammogram. I'm stressing out!

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70490ddeedc67a7b342afb0620598132

on February 03, 2013
at 10:43 PM

IM 30 years old, & noticed the right size of my breast is slightly smaller than the other & Im freaking myself out right now. I will have to wait a few days to see the doc. someone help!

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6d4e3e981996d983d6bb42d1dba2b4a6

on November 01, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Okay now you all have me very concerned. My left breast is noticeably shrinking and I have had breast cancer in that breast. I do not feel any lumps. The cancer I had previously wasn't felt either - it was caught with my first mammogram at 40 and the tumor was only the size of a pencil eraser but has already spread to lymph nodes. I mentioned it to my doc but he looked at me like I was crazy. I'm behind on my mammo because of crappy insurance. Would a mammo tell anything anyway?

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3cc036a949de5a7cf85e2d03249cf791

on October 10, 2012
at 10:38 AM

My right breast is shrinking and the loss of fat is at the top of the breast so that when I wear a bra there is a noticeable space. I have been stuffing my bra and would be quite content to continue but after reading lots of various comments on the internet saying it may be related to cancer I am now getting concerned. I had my breasts screened a month ago and the results were clear but there must be a reason for the shrinkage. I am a 38DD and 74 years old. I have decided to see my doctor and hope that he can advise me. Nora

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D113f32ed202e1995d60eebed1ab5e8d

on October 03, 2012
at 03:08 AM

Hope you checked out ok! I'm having the same issue...had a mammagram last April and they took a second look with more film, but found nothing. Still shrinking on one side whereas I had always been "even" before...

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