I've been paleo-flexible (dairy if I feel like it, small indulgences when I feel I'd be missing out) for about 10 weeks, and I've dropped almost 20lbs and made great strides in my sports training. My adult-low bodyweight thus far is right around 170, and I got there with 10-mile bike commutes to my jobs as a valet and as a Curves attendant. So, it's not unfamiliar territory, but I'm happy to be back.
But my left boob is shrinking. The right is not. I am getting to be noticably asymmetrical. I understand that it's not uncommon, but it's new for me! WTF?
Is this likely to correct? Anyone else experience this? I'm not stressing, and I'll be okay, but I sure did like having a matched pair!
You need to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. If access (usually related to lack of insurance) is an issue, call your nearest public health clinic and ask if they have a women's health care program/ Nurse Practitioner that can evaluate you. If not, ask for referrals to no or low cost options in your community.
I have no idea why this is happening. But there can be reasons for what appear to be breast "shrinkage" or skin/other changes of the breast that could potentially be serious and need care.
Is this an issue that you need to go to an ER for? No. And you would not get the evaluation that you need in an ER.
Edit: As per a comment you received to response #2. It is typical, if anything, especially for women, to FIRST lose weight in the face, particularly the upper face and the CHEST - yes, breasts. What is not typical at all, is to lose that weight so unequally that it causes an obvious, observable and growing difference between the size of the individual breasts. The disparity between the breasts is the issue. Losing weight unequally in areas of the body is typical and a non-issue.
You could just be losing weight in odd places, it never comes off evenly or in the areas you'd expect it to. The one downside of weight loss is losing boobage :(
I can't speak from personal experience, but I do know there were many women on LC forums saying they were losing weight asymmetrically (not necessarily in their breasts, just in general) and I remember a lot of them saying everything evened out eventually.
Have you ever breastfed? Is yes, then this can be a contributing factor. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/breastfeeding-9/after-nursing
I nursed two babbies and one breast was more of a workhorse than the other. As a result I think I am a little asymmetrical.
Are you sure it's not that your other boob is growing? It sounds like a frivolous question, but one boob growing larger is a sign of breast cancer. Not to scare you, but please make sure you get checked out by a doctor.
Couldn't hurt to visit the doc. I wonder if there could be something going on with the lymphatic drainage in the breast that isn't shrinking. You could get a good pal to do some deep booby massage towards the armpits for a few weeks and see if things start to even up.
Hope you checked out ok! I'm having the same issue...had a mammagram last April and they took a second look with more film, but found nothing. Still shrinking on one side whereas I had always been "even" before...
My right breast is shrinking and the loss of fat is at the top of the breast so that when I wear a bra there is a noticeable space. I have been stuffing my bra and would be quite content to continue but after reading lots of various comments on the internet saying it may be related to cancer I am now getting concerned. I had my breasts screened a month ago and the results were clear but there must be a reason for the shrinkage. I am a 38DD and 74 years old. I have decided to see my doctor and hope that he can advise me. Nora
Okay now you all have me very concerned. My left breast is noticeably shrinking and I have had breast cancer in that breast. I do not feel any lumps. The cancer I had previously wasn't felt either - it was caught with my first mammogram at 40 and the tumor was only the size of a pencil eraser but has already spread to lymph nodes. I mentioned it to my doc but he looked at me like I was crazy. I'm behind on my mammo because of crappy insurance. Would a mammo tell anything anyway?