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Hollyoaks Actor 1: Knockers

Girl 1: Jugs

Girl 2: Bazookas

Hollie Jay-Bowes: Lady lumps

Boy 1: Baps

Boy 2: Flaps

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Can i say wangers?

Boy 3: Ooooh, look at her jugs, they’re amazing.

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Dr Dawn: Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. Take this women’s hockey team. A group of women, several pairs of boobs – all different. Small, Big. Pointed, Round. Some nipples are dark, some are light. Some stick out and others don’t. Not only that – No pair is ever perfectly symmetrical. Every woman is different.

If your friends have started to get boobs and you haven’t, don’t worry – developing at different times is perfectly normal. Some girls hit puberty as early as 8, whilst others can be mid-teens. When puberty does kick in, your breasts will start to developÖ First your nipples swell and feel tender and then, with your first period, your breasts will start to get bigger. By your late teens your breasts will probably be at their full size, although some girls continue to develop into their twenties.

Breasts are basically there to produce milk for your baby, should you chose to have one and they are sensitive to hormones.

So every month, before your period, your breasts may get larger, become tender, and even feel a bit lumpy. These changes are normal.

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Girl 3: I do like my boobs, I think they change shape quite often. But I think my boobs are okay.

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Dr Dawn: As your breasts develop you will start to think about your first bra. It may surprise you to know that in the UK 80 percent of women wear the wrong size bra! So get properly fitted. And during puberty get measured at least once a year. If your breasts change a lot before a period it may be worth investing in a different size bra for that time of the month.

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Girl 2: When i first started growing boobs they were like really small, and they still are really small.

Girl 1: I think lads prefer like bigger boobs.

Boy 4: Small boobs are alright yeah they don’t have to be massive.

Hollyoaks Actor: Just big like, just like that like.

Boy 1: I like sort of medium I don’t like too big but I like to have something there to hold onto.

Boy 2: Yeahhh.

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Dr Dawn: Developing breasts is a massive part of a girl’s life. And as more women in the media go out and get boob jobs, the more pressure girls feel to have perfect boobs. In the past year the number of 18 and 19 year olds in the UK having boob jobs has increased by more than one hundred and fifty percent.

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Hollie Jay-Bowes: Well in school like i think every girl went through a phase of wanting a boob job. It was standard. Everybody always wanted to have bigger boobs but i think when you get a bit older you either realise that you don’t need them or you kinda wait until you are old enough.

Hollyoaks Actress 2: I think it’d be a wise decision to wait until you’re a lot older before having a boob job because your body changes all the time as you’re growing up.

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Dr Dawn: If you’ve got any worries about your breasts speak to someone about it. And if it’s really getting you down, talk to your GP.

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Am I Normal: Breasts

Dr Dawn Harper discusses breast development amongst teenage girls, explaining what is and isn’t normal. She also visits a girls hockey team to talk to them about their breasts and gets the perspective of the cast of Hollyoaks.

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I'm 15 and already my boobs are approaching an E cup. Everyone at school stares at them, which wouldn't be too bad if I wasn't really self-conscious. Is there any way to make them smaller? And are they supposed to be this size?





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I'm 14 and I got my period when I was 10. My boobs are only a 32 cup and all of my friends are growing much faster. will I even grow anymore? I hate my boobs so much I try to gain weight but none of it goes to my boobs... HELP





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I'm 18 and my breasts are size 32 DD but I've always had big nipples, as in they don't even look like nipples, more like just skin like the rest of my breasts and they are soft. The only time they go hard is when it's cold. I also have really long hairs coming out of my red, nipple area, is that normal? Can I get rid of them?





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Hi, I'm 15 now and well my bra size is 30-f, is that normal? I was a 30-f last year in August/September time. I'm asking because my mum and my grandma were a bit shocked when they found out that I was a 30-f in bra size





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both my areolas are large and nipples are inverted, one of my areolas is swollen, red and was scaly and im only 16 help!!!





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I'm 17 and I would say I hit puberty at around 12, however, my boobs haven't increased since I was about 13. It's so embarrassing how flat chested I am, one is about an a cup and the other is virtually non existent. I'm considering using breast enhancement creams or pills, but I don't know whether they're safe. I'm going on holiday with my friends in the summer and want to feel confident enough to wear swimwear. Is it worth the risk?





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Hi Grace! I can't really help, but I'm replying because I am in EXACTLY the same situation as you. I'm also 17, started puberty at the same time and my chest is exactly how you described yours; one's an A cup and the other is like half the size. It's weird because I honestly didn't think there was anyone like me, but it's kind of reassuring to know that I'm not the only one in this situation. It really sucks having a small chest, but I'm trying to be positive! I'm trying to act confident on the outside so that people will respect me and judge me on my personality instead of my boobs. I'm naturally a very shy person though, and I have low self-esteem so I am finding it difficult.

Is it normal that my right breast always hurts??? And my nipple sometimes goes like a blue colour? I've been to my doctor and she just didnt seem bothered about it x





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I'm 15, started my periods at 13 and my boobs started to develop at quite a late stage, now only being a 32 B but my nipples seem to have hardly developed? They are still quite small and puffy, so I was just wondering how long it will take before they start to grow more?





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I hate my boob's they are touching my stomach when I'm sitting down and they a bit too big and I'm 21 Years old





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I am 18 and I am so self consious about my boobs like They are not the right shape definitely and are so small, as in barley existent and I feel like a boy. It really knocks my confidence and especially with my boyfriend I refuse to take my bra off. It's so embarrassing and it genuinely all I can think about, I feel like a freak. I was going to ask my GP however I'm pretty sure inside they would laugh and tell me to go away does anyone know what I could do ?





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What exactly do you mean by "they are not the right shape"?


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