When you first start growing boobs–or, if you are anything like me, far before you start growing boobs but notice that everyone else around you seems to be growing boobs–they can seem pretty mysterious. This, if you think about it, is fair enough. Most of the signifiers of puberty, like new body hair, acne, and new, weird scents suddenly being emitted from your body can seem confusing, and, at some points, pretty scary.
Due to this overwhelming(ish) mystery of boobs, it is unsurprising, perhaps, that a lot of rumors about breasts have been proliferating for a number of years. You know, the ones your friends say knowingly in locker rooms or slumber parties, that might not sound quite right, but, hey, what do you know? But, as it turns out, many of these myths are fairly simple to disprove. So, check out these weird boob myths you probably believe (that, you know, you should do your very best stop believing soon):
You Can Make Your Boobs Bigger With ExerciseWe've all heard this one, right? That, like, if you do a certain kind of push-up or arm circle or buy a special springed weight and use it regularly, your boobs will grow to their fullest potential. This is not true! Breast size is influenced by breast tissue, which itself is not affected by exercise. You do, however, have some muscles under your breast tissue that you can work out. This won't affect the size or shape of your breasts, but it can make your overall chest area seem more developed. Basically, if you do some push-ups, your boobs might look a little perkier. But they definitely won't grow. Image source: Getty Images
You Can Make Your Boobs Bigger By Gaining WeightAnother common rumor is that, if you gain a lot of weight, your boobs will get a permanent boost that lasts even after you lose the weight. This, again, isn't exactly true--some people do find that their breasts get larger when they gain weight, but, since there's no way to selectively gain weight, you can't ensure that that's what will happen to you. Besides, if you end up losing the weight later, your boobs will return to their original size. Basically? Gaining weight for the sole purpose of getting bigger boobs probably isn't the greatest tactic. Image source: Getty Images
Eating Certain Foods Will Make Your Boobs BiggerA lot of people seem to think that eating anything from soy to carrots to garlic will cause your boobs to grow. The truth? As you may already be suspecting, uh, this is not the case. This myth has stuck around for a while because a lot of these foods contain estrogen, which is a hormone that can enhance breast size, but not in the quantity required to actually make it happen. Studies have been done on the matter, and they don't seem to indicate that any estrogen-containing food actually enhances breasts. Image source: Getty Images
You Can't Breastfeed If You've Had Implants Or Nipple PiercingsI don't know if you are thinking about breast feeding or breast implants or nipple piercings right now. But, just in case any of those things are on your mind, and you are concerned that having breast implants or piercings at one point of your life will hinder your ability to breast feed at another point in your life, know that you have nothing to worry about. As long as the implant or piercing isn't in the way of a milk duct, you'll be good to go. Image source: Getty Images
Wearing A Bra To Bed Helps Prevent SaggingYou may have heard that Marilyn Monroe wore a bra to bed every night, and, if you want a perky rack as well, you should do the same. Please don't! There is no evidence that wearing a bra to bed makes breasts perkier, so, at best, you'll just be subjecting yourself to some unnecessary pinching throughout the night. In fact, it can cut off bloodflow and lymphatic drainage, which can lead to inflammation and fluid retention. Image source: Getty Images
Wearing An Underwire Bra Increases Your Risk Of Breast CancerA rumor you've probably heard once or twice is that underwire bras can cause breast cancer by compressing the lymphatic system and causing toxins to circulate in the breast. This rumor, while admittedly scary, has widely been debunked. Lymphatic flow from the breast goes toward the armpit, so it couldn't really be blocked by an underwire. Of course, if it's more comfortable for you, feel free to switch to an underwire-free bra. But don't do so just because you think your underwire bra will cause cancer (because, again, it won't). Image source: Getty Images
Your Boobs Stop Growing Once You're Done With PubertySurprise! Your boobs will probably have some more growth left in them. In fact, you'll probably find that your boobs grow and change slightly throughout your rest of your life, though these changes will probably be pretty subtle. It's totally possible, however, that you could have growth spurt-like developments until you turn twenty. Image source: Getty Images
Were you surprised by any of these myths? Which ones? Let us know in the comments!