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Late Breast Growth
by Sarah Brown (auntysarah)
at June 12th, 2011 (11:42 pm)

OK, some background. Started HRT in January 2006, SRS in January 2007. Breasts grew to 34C and stopped sometime in 2008. Since then they have been quiescent. No tenderness, no hardness, just perfectly well behaved breasts kinda sitting there and minding their own business.

2 months ago I went to get my regular repeat prescription - 2mg Progynova (estradiol valerate) pills, to be taken twice daily. The pharmacy didn't have them in stock and gave me Zumenon instead (estradiol hemihydrate).

Towards the end of that month, my breasts became tender. I also started to gain weight. Fast forward to now - I'm back on my usual drug, but my nipples are as tender as they were at the height of transition and the characteristic hard discs are there behind them. They are also definitely bigger.

But I've been on HRT for five and a half years, and I thought they'd finished. Now it's like I'm back in 2006, only starting from a C cup instead of a flat chest. While having cleavage (which now seems likely if they don't stop soon) will be nice, I'm slightly worried about where they might end up! I like my spine in working order!

Anyway, has anyone else experienced anything like this? Sudden unexpected breast growth years post transition and post op, after a prolonged period of them being completely static?

Oh, I should also mention that back in 2008 I deliberately induced lactation for a while. That made me gain a cup size temporarily, but I lost it again when I stopped. It does mean I have developed milk ducts though.


Posted by: Patrick F (rainbowxgeek)
Posted at: June 13th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)

fwiw, I'm ftm, pre-top surgery, and mine grew from a C to a D at some point when I wasn't paying attention (I learned this when I got a measurement in order to buy a binder. So this happens even with cis-women.

Posted by: awkwardly in the middle (ilanthefirst)
Posted at: June 13th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)

Same. I was told it's pretty common to have a "growth spurt" in the late teens to mid-twenties, which would correspond to 5-15 years of the body being exposed to estrogen.

Posted by: Pink Teeth and Palpitations (paraxeni)
Posted at: June 15th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Life on Mars

Yeah, hormone shifts are common at roughly ten years post-puberty, and again roughly ten years after that too. At 33 I can say that I've had two very definite 'jumps'. Hilariously enough every time my boobs and hips change, my T levels jump too and my beard gets thicker.

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