Many women often wonder just how it is that the cup size is determined. In fact for such an essential every day item many women are clueless about the history of the brassier. Here are some interesting historical facts about this woman’s garment that has been around since the 1800s, let the mysteries be no more. If you have a B cup breast size in the 1930’s it might not have been so easy to determine, below are some of the reasons why this is so.
The letters used to indicate the size of the brassier are related to the volume of the breast and a B cup breast typically weighs in at about 13 ounces. In order to accurately measure for a bra two measurements are taken. The band size which is the distance around the body is first recorded and then the distance around the fullest part of the bust is taken. Once both measurements have been taken the cup size is calculated through a simple subtraction of the bust distance minus the band distance. B cup breast tend to have a two inch difference in the measurements this is equivalent to 5 centimetres.
The question remains however of who came up with these lettered designations as it relates to breast sizes. When the bra was first invented it was clearly not norm for women to walk into any retail store and pick up the item of their choice. Purchasing a bra was far more complicated back then than it is now, imagine that. While women are able to wander through department stores and chose from a wide array of sizes and styles women had to be measured individually and be fitted for bras. The lingerie industry is now a billion dollar industry that caters to women all around the world and has made brands like Victoria’s Secret billions in profits.
Prior to 1916 no one had used to word cup in relation to the brassier. It would take another sixteen years for the measurements to be linked to the alphabet by a company called S.H. Camp and company in October of 1932. At that time the letters started at A and ended at D. At that time the letters did not correlate to the volume of a woman’s breast. Prior to the use of the alphabetic designation the sizes small medium and large applied with a B cup breast typically being represented by medium. It was not until 1950 that the concept of using letters to indicate the size of the brassier was transported across the Atlantic to Britain.
The history of the undergarment can closely be linked to the history of women and has evolved over many centuries. Women have used many methods to highlight their assets or hide them depending on the social policies affecting them. The brassier was typically associated with wealthier women; on average most women now own at least six bras. The modern type of brassieres that we are now accustomed to seeing, with straps that support the breast for better lift and hold, emerged in the early part of the twentieth century. Notable contributors to the modern design of bras are Amelia Bloomer and Dr Mary Edwards Walker.
Women who go under the knife to have their bust size increased for cosmetic reasons should undertake a lot of research before making a decision not only about the right surgeon to perform the procedure but also what increasing to a B cup breast size from an A-cup will mean. There are different types of materials used to carry out mammoplasty; which is the medical term used to describe plastic surgery on the breasts.
Breast augmentation was pioneered in the late 19th century by the German surgeon Vincenz Czerny. Czerny repaired a patient’s breast using tissue from other parts of the body. The various types of materials used to perform modern breast augmentation are categorised by three types; saline solution, composite filler, and silicone gel. However before the latest technologies were developed doctors experimented with different types of materials including glass, ivory and ground rubber.
Surgical techniques will vary depending on the surgeon who performs the final operation but prior to the undertaking the patient should meet with the doctor to discuss what she is comfortable with and be given the best advice to mentally prepare her for surgery and what follows. A woman will have to go through post-surgery recovery and take into consideration the scaring that will be associated with surgery. It typically takes about 6 weeks for scarring to begin fading. Before unveiling her new B cup breast size a woman will need to see her doctor to ensure there are no post-operative complications.
Once a woman has her new breasts she will need to go shopping for new B cup breast sized bras that will compliment her new shape. Most women normally feel more confident shopping for brassieres once they have increased their bust size. This confidence will also affect her sexuality as her new B cup breast size or larger will perhaps garner more attention from men and from her partner if she has one.
On a more serious note though women who are undergoing breast surgery should be aware of some of the typical complications that may arise from their procedure, one of the common ones being rupturing of the material that is used to create the implant. Implant rupture can occur during the implantation or during other surgery; also because the material has a shelf life once it begins to degrade rupturing can be anticipated. Other complications include a reduction in the sensitivity of the breasts, impediment of the breast feeding function, thinning on breast tissue which may result in the breasts appearing lopsided and wrinkling of the breasts as the skin stretches to accommodate the new cup size.
One of the most important things to consider when breast augmentation is being considered is the cost of the procedure it is expensive to perform cosmetic surgery and the maintenance of your new breasts will not be cheap.
Some women have reported that the size of their breasts increase as they gain weight. It has not been determined whether or not this can be scientifically supported. Changes in the breasts can be noticed at different times during a woman’s life and is not necessarily solely related to weight gain. A woman with B cup breast size may notice that at some points during her menstrual cycle her breasts are larger than at other times due to hormonal changes. A woman’s breast tissue will also alter due to pregnancy and nursing or gradually notice changes as she ages resulting in shrinkage and sagging even if she has not gained weight.
However, the correlation between a woman’s breast size and body mass index cannot be ruled out. The Waist to Hip ratio and other body measurements tend to support the idea that as a woman’s circumference increases chances are that her cup size will also increase. What cannot be determined is the amount of weight that a woman would need to gain or lose in order for the change in her breasts to occur. The woman with a B cup breast size may worry that losing weight will cause her breasts to decrease in size, however there has been no study that have been able to conclude that losing a healthy amount of weight will cause the breast to decrease significantly in size.
Women who tend to lose mass in the breasts as their weight decreases can consult many online articles that speak specifically to maintaining breast size will on a diet or pursuing exercise with the intention to lose a few pounds. Women who weigh between 100-125 pounds usually have B cup breast sizes. In order to maintain this size while undergoing weight loss women are encouraged to do exercises that will strengthen and develop the pectoral muscles. It is important for women who are exercising to wear the proper fitting gear in order to keep the breast steady so as to prevent sagging and malformation.
All women including those with B cup breast size will have to contend with the effects of aging and weight gain. Gravity tends not to rule out women with smaller bust sizes. After oestrogen has played its role in the formation of the breasts it does not support the maintenance of breast tissue. In fact many doctors now believe that excessive oestrogen stimulates breast tissue and is one of the causes of cancerous tissue being found in women’s breasts. One little discussed topic is the potential risks of excessive weight gain and its correlation to breast cancer. While genetics plays a huge role in deciding who will develop the deadly disease many researchers have begun to publish their studies that strongly link obesity and cancer especially of the breast. Women are encouraged to maintain a healthy weight to help to lower their risk of developing breast cancer. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is beneficial in more ways than one and will help a woman who is predisposed to cancer reduce her risk.
Marie* is a twenty-seven year old attorney-at-law who is five feet tall with measurements 31-23-34 and has a B-Cup breast size that she is remarkably content with. Marie describes herself as a sexy, confident petite woman. Although Marie could not be considered voluptuous by conventional standards, at only 102 pounds, Marie’s B-cup breast size certainly complements her figure well. Like many women Marie has contemplated breast implant surgery in the past but only briefly. Her long-term partner Brian believes surgery is not necessary and shows his appreciation of her B-Cup breasts every chance he gets. Marie has found one valuable accessory she simply finds it impossible to do without and recommends that all women should own a push-up bra or two which helps to create the dazzling illusion to the onlooker. When wearing her push-up bra Marie is able to transform her breasts to make it appear that her breasts are at least one size bigger depending on the design of the bra. On her petite frame Marie has turned the heads one more than a few admirers when out on the town. In her words, she is a classy sexy woman who enjoys her body b-cups and all.
Many women in the B-Cup Breast category celebrate their sexuality in much the same way as Marie does. Being self-aware of how to enhance their physical attributes have aided many women in tapping into their inner goddesses and have lead them to leading more contented lives. Women who have found it possible to enjoy their bodies whatever the size of their breasts or hips, or how much body fat they need to lose have reported that they are not only more sexually satisfied but this confidence has become visible in other aspects of their lives.
Women no longer need to worry that their cleavage looks lacking or that their breasts are too far apart; with the right apparel women with small breast are now able to show off their chests without the fear of embarrassment. With the right padding, inserts and under wires coupled a suitable top cut to highlight the bust women are now able to flaunt more freely. Other tips include adding make-up to the chest to highlight the swells of the breasts or adding a little glitter to draw attention to the cleavage.
The moral of the story is that women should invest in good strong bras that help to make them feel sexy and confident after all if men are to be believed the sexiest things a woman can wear are her smile and confidence next to a good bra.