Understand the health risks of having large breasts

Oversize-BreastsIn contrast to a growing number of breast enlargement surgeries, women with heavy breasts have the problems of their own. Breast cups size D and above can cause various health issues, from pain to psychological problems.


Studies indicate that breast sups size D and above can cause upper back pain as large breasts alter the curvature of the spine, which has an effect on posture. Heavy breasts place excess weight on the chest as there is no enough support from the surrounding muscles. In addition, shoulders naturally roll forward due to excess weight and this leads to anatomic changes in the back and compression of nerve fibres. On the other hand, self-conscious women often hunch forward which can only worsen the pain. Neck, shoulder and breast pain can accompany back pain.

Skin problems

Redness and rash under the breasts is a common problem, as well. It can be caused by skin-on-skin friction, Candida fungus and Corynebacterium bacteria. On the other hand, bra straps can dig into the skin causing pain. Solving both issues includes trying customized bras and sports bras. Especially women with narrow backs should buy a customized bra as they have a more concentrated distribution of weight than women with wider backs. If redness and rash persists, see your doctor.

Breathing difficulty

The weight of the breasts can push down on the chest which can cause breathing difficulties, especially if you are lying down. Ill-fitting, tight and underwired bras can be another reason why you are experiencing breathing problems.


The research of 16,175 women showed that there is a positive correlation between breast size and breast cancer. The study examined genetic variations to determine whether there are variations linking to breast cancer. Some of the genetic mutations were found and they are related to the regulation of the female sex hormone, estrogen, which can trigger the growth of breasts and cancer. Previous studies have examined the effect of breast density (the amount of not-fat tissues) on the increased risk of tumors. This 2012 study was the first which linked breast size and the risk of cancer. The lead researcher behind this study claimed that much more research is needed in this field.

Psychological problems

According to a study analyzing mental health implications for women with large breasts, researchers found that large breasts can have a negative impact on emotional well-being and self-esteem. 59 young women aged 12 to 21 years who were analyzed showed issues with social functioning, as well. Large breasts can affect clothing choices as a result of insecurity about one’s appearance.


In order to get rid of back, shoulder and neck pain, you need to strengthen your muscles. Generally speaking, all exercises targeting the back and the chest are suitable as breast-reduction exercises. Push-ups, shoulder shrugs, upright rows, shoulder press, anterior front raises and side raises are only some of the exercises you can do in the comfort of your home. You will need resistance bands for some of them. Usual cardio exercises, such as running may be uncomfortable to women with large breasts, so low-impact cardio, including swimming and bicycling are usually recommended.

Breast reduction

Breast reduction is the most effective treatment as there is no losing weight, no pain medications and no physical therapy. Doctors say that the procedure is safe and with fast recovery because there is no moving of muscles and organs. The only thing done is taking out superficial tissue and skin, Repositioning of the nipples has become rare. Even though scarring is something which cannot be avoided, statistics show that 90% of women who underwent breast reduction surgery are glad they did it and they would recommend it to someone else.

If you are experiencing some of the health issues related to large breasts, contact your doctor who can explain to you which type of treatment is best for you.