The Doctor Is In: My Boobs Are Weird

Talking sex with your doctor isn’t always easy. Whether you are afraid she will judge you,  you just don’t feel comfortable sharing the intimate details of your life between the sheets, or you can’t think straight with a speculum between your legs, many people get tight lipped in the doctor’s office. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have questions.

We thought we’d help and every Thursday our friend Dr. Lissa Rankin will be answering your questions. The ones you couldn’t ask your doctor in person. Just leave your questions in the comments, or send em over to us. (We’ll keep it all anonymous for you.) Dr. Lissa will answer anything – really, anything – about sex and other lady things. Don’t be shy; she’s waiting for ya!

Q: I know this sounds strange, but I think my boobs are weird. I’m way past puberty, but they look pretty much the same as they did when I was younger, only marginally bigger. The boob is cone shaped and my nipples are super light and don’t really look the same as what I see in movies/on my friends. Is there something wrong? Should all adult female breasts/nipples look the same?

A: All boobs and nipples are different. Every single one of us has boobs like snowflakes. Keep in mind that the boobs you see in movies and magazines are often the result of plastic surgery and airbrushing. If your boobs look different, you’re not alone.

I had a friend growing up who was super self-conscious about the shape of her breasts. She called the “Tube Boobs” and joked that she had to curl them up like a garden hose to put them into a bra. Inside her bra, they looked just like any other boob and no one was the wiser. There was nothing wrong with her, she just happened to be born different.

If your boobs are cone shaped, then celebrate. Woo hoo! You have cone shaped boobs! Madonna would be jealous. Honor your differences and learn to love your body just the way it is. There is nothing wrong with it and it’s those differences (yes, even nipples!) that make you uniquely beautiful.

–Dr. Lissa Rankin’s book, What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in Fall 2010. She invites you to join her Pink online community ( or read more of her writing at Owning Pink (

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