How a Breast Changes as You Age
The appearance and function of the breasts are controlled by changes in hormones. Specific changes occur at certain times in a woman's life.
As the body begins to produce estrogen, glandular tissue grows and the breasts begin to
take shape. Fibrous tissue becomes elastic, allowing fat tissue to accumulate. Once the woman begins to ovulate, progesterone triggers the remaining development of the breast.
Hormonal changes that are part of the menstrual cycle have marked
effects on breast size and firmness. For example, just before menstruation begins, duct glands grow and tissues retain fluid, causing the breasts to swell and become tender.
As the body prepares for birth, the mammary glands and ducts grow and swell. After delivery, the mammary
glands begin milk production.
During and after menopause
The onset of menopause causes the loss of mammary glands, which the body replaces with fat tissue,
making the breasts less firm.
The appearance and function of the breasts are controlled by changes in hormones. Specific changes occur at certain times in a womanís life.