Face it, breasts are awesome. As a woman, carrying them around all day can seem a little taxing at times (especially if yours err on the larger side), but the fact is, breasts are seriously incredible. And no, they're not incredible just because they defy gravity in your favorite dress or because they make you feel super sexy. That's all well and good, but there are facts about your breasts that prove their power.
I've never understood the fascination with breasts. As a woman with large breasts, I often face struggles that come alone with being "blessed" with a good sized chest Back pain, finding a bra that supports them without permanently etching the outline of a strap into my shoulders, excessive male gaze. . . the list goes on. But after doing a little bit of research, I'm never doubting my breasts again. From their physical purpose, to where they stack up in the animal kingdom, and even to the number of nerve endings they hold, breasts are too incredible to take for granted.
So if you've ever felt like your boobs really aren't all they're cracked up to be, take a moment and read on for the facts about your breasts that will make you truly appreciate them.
1. They Produce Nutrition
So you knew this one already, but how amazing is it that your breasts produce milk when it comes time to feed a human you just produced? And, according to Kid Spot, breast milk is sweet. Even though everyone's taste buds differ, breast milk is considered to have a sweet flavor, due to the high amounts of lactose in it.
2. They're Permanent
Did you know, that among primates, only humans have permanent breasts? All other primates develop breasts solely to feed their children, but humans have their breasts forever. Breasts and opposable thumbs; they're what set us apart.
3. They're Pretty Sexy
I'm sure you've heard stories about women who can reach climax from nipple stimulation, but it's too outlandish to be true, right? Wrong. According to Cosmopolitan, reaching orgasm via nipple stimulation is no myth. Kind of makes you want to give it a shot, doesn't it?
4. They Fluctuate In Size
Of course, if you lose or gain weight, your breasts are usually one of the first areas to be affected. But did you know that your breasts actually change in size during sex?
5. They're Not Actually Twins
Though they're often referred to as twins in slang, breasts are rarely the same size. In fact, one breast is averages about a fifth of a cup size larger than the other, according to Florence Williams' book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.
6. They Survived Centuries Without Bras
Imagine going through life without a bra. (Some of you are rejoicing, and some of you are making a terrible face, I can see it.) Bras as you know them today weren't invented until the 1920s. Meaning that for centuries, breasts were lacking in support and were either getting squished into corsets, or hanging free to roam.
7. They're Foreplay Ready
Breasts aren't just there for decoration. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 82 percent of women are aroused by breast stimulation, meaning there's no shame in suggesting your partner get a little more involved with your breasts the next time you're getting hot and heavy.