There are tons of PCOS symptoms (see PCOS Symptoms list) but Hypoplastic Tubular breasts or just tubular breasts are a more rare symptom. I’ve spent some time researching and Google’ing images of this condition.
Many women don’t even realize they have tubular breasts, I have read countless stories online about women not even realizing it until they were told by a partner or noticed a difference when looking at other women’s breasts.
What are Hypoplastic Tubular Breasts?
Hypoplastic tubular breasts (or tuberous breasts) are breasts that are small and underdeveloped, saggy, have a high breast fold, sometimes spaced far apart and have large and puffy areolas. The areola placement is usually at the end of the breast, as opposed to the center of the breast. The breasts do not develop properly in puberty and as a result are left underdeveloped. As the name implies tubular breasts are tubular in shape.
Hypoplastic tubular breasts can affect one or both breasts, meaning you might have one breast smaller than the other.
See Hypoplastic tubular breasts Wikipedia definition.
PCOS does not cause tubular breasts, rather there are some links between the root cause. There is no definitive cause for PCOS or Hypoplastic tubular breasts, but they more than likely come from the same string of genetic mutation.
Do You Have Tubular Breasts?
Look at your breasts:
- are they small, perhaps disproportionately to your body size?
- are they cone shaped, almost pointy looking?
- is your areola large and at the bottom of your breast?
If you answered yes to all 3 then chances are you do have Hypoplastic tubular breasts.
Treatment for Tubular Breasts
The treatment for tubular breasts is limited, there are no pills, supplements or anything natural to cure it.
There are really only 2 options to correct tubular breasts:
Option #1- Have corrective surgery (some insurance carriers may cover this). In 2012, 10% of all breast augmentation surgery for women under 18 were to correct tubular Breast Deformity. (Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ) Typically the surgery involves implants, resizing of the areola and a breast lift. Do a quick Google image search to see before and after pictures.
Option #2- Live with the condition, obviously any kind of ‘deformity’ (not my term- just the general term the medical world uses to describe tubular breasts) is hard to live with and may affect your self esteem. Look to online support groups and forums for general questions and advice.
Hypoplastic Tubular Breasts and Breastfeeding
Unfortunately tubular breasts can wreak havoc on your attempt to breastfeed. Most Hypoplastic tubular breasts either make very little breast milk or zero breast milk. This is something to be aware of and plan for if you’re pregnant. You’ll want to make sure you have formula or another source for breast milk. Taking breast milk supplements and tea might help, but it’s still best to be prepared. PCOS also contributes to low milk production.
Do you have tubular breasts? Leave some comments with any advice for anyone else who may be affected! You can of course remain anonymous if desired!
If there is a specific PCOS symptom you’d like more info on- add it to the comments section and I’ll get it up for you!