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Conditions

Tubular Breasts

Getting a bra that fits is enough of an ordeal as it is without being told that your boobs are a funny shape. Tubular breasts are in fact pretty common, though shouldn’t be confused with Tubular Bells – everyone’s favourite 1973 concept album. Tubular breasts are caused by a lack of development in the breast tissue during puberty which leads to the aesthetically bizarre malformation that can see breasts grow asymmetrically as well as been particularly droopy and unusually far apart. The term ‘tubular breast’ comes from the tube-like appearance that afflicted breasts may take. In contrast to the cone-shaped Madonna-style bosom that is deemed regular the base of a tuberous breast is very narrow with a long skin envelope. The malformation can affect one or both breasts and is only cosmetic in its irregularity, but can often cause low self esteem which could lead to other mental health related problems. The condition is most commonly corrected with a surgical procedure that typically involves either implants or tissue expansion. Breast surgery is a major operation which will take weeks to heal and goes with all the usual risks of major surgery, so no decisions should be gone into lightly.

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I'm pretty convinced that I have tubular boobs though not to the same severity as others. They're small and they make me sad and I don't know what to do. I'm 16 (almost 17) and I feel like I'm constantly waiting for them to fill out. Can hormones contribute to this is? cause I got my first period when I was 12 and I've only had maybe 10 periods since then.





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Hey ladies, I am a sufferer of tubey boobies. Its like they are flat skin then a bit of tissue in the bottom. They feel like water baloons! cute when cold is the only good thing about them! I am 27 years old and never get my boobs out, only on special occasions for my b.f. We have been together for 8 years and he couldn't care less! I think men don't even notice, and are happy to just see some boobies! I spend a lot of time (especially when on the beach) looking at other ladies thinking, I wish I had big full breasts, but over the years I am slowly learning to accept my boobies just the way they are. I try to hone in on the more important things like my health, and the fact I am lucky enough to be in working order with fully working limbs e.t.c They are boobs you can hide them,it's not like we have to walk around naked all the time, could be so much worse. Also I always think when Im an old lady, I will look back on my body when I was young and think what on earth was I being so ridiculous about! We are all different in our own special way, so lets all relish our bodies and make the most of what we got!! Tubuler boobies for ever!! AMEN!





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I am 18 years old. And i have this problem. It never really got to me untill i started being in relationships and haveing sex. Not one of my boyfriends ever said anything about them. But i could just tell by the look on their face that they imagined way different. I wont take my bra off. Usually i wont even take my shirt off. I have more of an athletic build and wiegh around 135. I was at 170 last summer and was in a D cup. Now im in a B cup. But ive noticed when i get cold my breast take more of a round shape. I wish i could fix this problem without surgery. But that seems impossible. But the way ive always been about the rest of my body is how ive decided to be about my breasts. If they dont like them they can look away. If they love you and care about you they wont care. I have many friends getting boob jobs. Because their breasts are to small. And like I always say to them and myself. If I was a guy i wouldnt care what size or shape your boobs are. Natural is just better! Just everyone know your not alone! Your breasts are beautiful! And you are beautiful!





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Im 13 years old. I hit puberty when i was 11, i just recently noticed that my boobs are not normal on any level. The more and more i noticed it. I started looking at other girls breasts not in a sexual way but in a longing sorta way. Like all my friends in gym have beutiful round underboob, and mine are just pointy... it really sucks. I cry myself to sleep at night sometimes just because its terrible to live with. Im in a bit of a debate with myself.. my Mum died when i was six years old and all i have is my Dad... you must know what thats like. So i dont know if i should ask to go see a doctor or what... but im really worried im positive that im ganna save up my pennies and get a breast accusation when im older.





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I'm 22 and I have one side as an A cup and one side as a C and neither is a round shape at all. It bothered me for awhile I definitely have to shop a little differently then my friends. I have definitely considered surgery but if it makes you feel any better I have never had a boyfriend or anyone else for that matter be bothered by it at all. It is after all your choice but never let it hold you back. I had Drs tell me that it could fix itself but a the age I am now it probably won't anymore. It doesn't scare me anymore I am who I am and I love myself.

Hi guys. I'm 16 going on to 17. From a younger age i realized that my breast were not "normal". My right breast is SLIGHTLY bigger than my left. One would have to stare to realize it. Finding bras are not a challenge. My only problem is my puffy areolas! My mom and aunts have normal breast. I asked my mom about it and she said I'll grow into it *sigh*. I enjoy cold weather as it causes erect niples and my breast look normal. Reading the post and comments opened my eyes to see that I am not alone. I try not to think of them and think about the good things in life that I should be thankful for. I just hope different method other than surgery is found soon.





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I have the same problem. I'm a B cup and my puffy areolas can grow to pretty much the same size as my boob. I'm so self conscious about it. I'm 20 and I avoid intimate situations because I'm so embarassed. They only look normal in the cold; i wish i could freeze them in that position. I'm all for loving myself the way I am; I have no problem with my boobs being small bordering being non existent, but it sucks when you seem to be the only female in your family dealing with this silly deformity.

I am 38 and have tubular breasts. I have hated them my entire life..I felt like i waited from the time I was 12 until i was 18 for them to "round out" and get normal like my mother said they would do..lol..It caused me self esteem problems that you can't even imagine. My life would have honestly been different if I would have had corrective surgery at a young age. NOW on the other side of this...my husband..could care less..never once has any man commented on them other than...YAY BOOBS!! Guys don't care girls.not really..they are just happy to have boobs to play with...NOW...my daughter who is 12 has the same thing.this makes me want to CRY!!!I'm seeing her go through the same emotions as myself...BUT hers is worse..she's not a full cup size bigger on one breast than the other...so my husband and I have agreed to consult with a doctor about what we can do to help her as far as surgery goes once she is finished with puberty...the point i'm trying to make is...some of us can live with it, some of us can live through it and some of us need help to change it...But..we are all still beautiful..so don't be down..buy yourself a pretty padded bra and hold your head up and remember..it's just boobs...*big hugs*





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Thank you so much! As a teenager, there's already so much to feel self-conscious and stressed about; I hate that my breasts are at the top of the list. But this comment made me feel a little better about it. If I find someone special enough, they won't mind. I'm just so glad I've finally heard someone say that they're still boobs, no matter their shape and size. :)

My name is Maria and my boobs are too big and my left is bigger then my right boob and under my boobs it is red and saw please can you happy me thank .





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I'm 15 live in the north west my boobs started to develope normally it's only in te last three years they have become tubular and haven't grown the right nipple is worse. I went for a blood test to see if my hormone levels are right bu they came back normal. I don't know what to do I always where a padded bra and never show my boobs but I'm 16 next year and want to have a good self cofidence that can't get now





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This whole conversation makes me so mad!!! If tubular breasts are entirely a cosmetic difference (and it is) and also fairly common. ... Then why can't we just say it like it is? These are a variation of normal boobs! I hated mine too for years because they're not "normal" but my husband loves them and I'm proud to feed my baby with them. So why should I be made to feel like a freak? "Aesthetically bizarre malformation"? Grrrrr.... Surgery is NOT needed and should not be available on the nhs imo but rather I wish it could be more widely known that boobs like ours are normal and sexy too. Oh and it would be great if bras could somehow be designed differently for us too...





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You are so lucky to be able to breastfeed! My lack of breast tissue just did not allow me to have much milk production at all . By the time my babies were 4 weeks old they were HUNGRY and I Couldn no longer supply them enough..so to the bottle we went.

I am 35 with tubular breasts. Between the ages of 13 and 15 I lost a lot of weight, didn't eat much, and often vomited what I did eat. This was not intentional. My anxiety was always so bad at the time my stomach was always churning. I believe it was the malnourisment that caused my breasts to stop developing. I hate them!!! I had one boyfriend who complained about them all the time. My first husband loved them and my second husband doesn't care. Even so it drives me nuts. I remember being scared to show my breasts to men for the first time, fearing they would leave me. This has always bothered me and I can't stand looking like this. I have no self confidence. My mother sister and aunts all have normal breasts. Oh but not me!





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