How to Find a Bra for Asymmetrical Breasts

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Most women have a love-hate relationship with their breasts. They make you feel feminine, but you're always finding fault: too big, too small and lopsided, too. You may be surprised to find that most women have one breast that's a little bigger than the other. The difference can become more apparent after having children, especially if you tended to nurse more on one side than the other. Here's how to find a bra when your breasts are different sizes.

Things You'll Need

  • Bra
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper

Put on a bra that you already own and that fits reasonably well. It should not be padded and should fit the larger breast without smashing it.

Take a deep breath and let it out. Before inhaling again, measure around your ribcage just below your breasts.

If the measurement is a fraction, round it to a whole number. 28 1/2 inches would round up to 29 inches, for example.

Add 4 inches to the measurement if the number is even; if it's odd, add 5 inches. Write down that number; this is your band size.

Keeping your posture straight, measure around the fullest part of your breasts. Write down this number.

Subtract the band size from the number you got when you measured over your breasts. The difference tells you what cup size you need. If the difference is up to 1/2 inch, your cup size is AA. From 1/2 to 1 inch, you wear an A cup. A 2-inch difference means you wear a B cup, 3 inches is a C cup, 4 inches is a D cup, and so on.

Now that you know your correct bra size, you'll need to try on some bras. If your breasts are small to average size, look for bras with removable padding. You can remove the pad on the larger side and let the padding fill out the other side.

If your breasts are larger or you don't want to wear a padded bra, fill in the smaller cup with breast enhancers, sometimes known as bra inserts, cookies or chicken cutlets.

Shop online for bras specially made for women with noticeably uneven breasts.

Tips & Warnings

  • Breast enhancers can add up to two cup sizes, making them ideal for evening out significant breast size differences. Many can be worn into the water, so you don't have to miss out on swimming or other summer activities. Post-mastectomy bras and forms (see Lady Jane Boutique in resources) are helpful to women with a significant size difference.

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