"Dear Carol, I'm flat chested what can I do?"
I’m 14 and have (relatively) nothing on my chest. I also haven’t started my period. This is confusing and embarrassing for me because my sister has double D-cup breasts and started her period in sixth grade. Also, all my friends have started their periods and have at least C-cup breasts. It makes me really self-conscious. Is there some way to speed things up?
I’m afraid there’s no hurrying Mother Nature. Most girls in the U.S. start around age 12, and there are as many late bloom- ers (like you and me) as early bloomers. I promise that all your friends don’t have C cups. And I promise that you will get your period, and soon nobody will care who got theirs first. Ask a doctor or nurse at your next checkup—but rest assured that your body is growing at its own pace. By the way, I get as many letters from girls who wish they were smaller up top as from girls who wish they were bigger. So the best advice may be: Don’t look down, look out. What can you do to make this a memora- ble summer? Set some goals for yourself (you’ll fill a sketch pad, read books, learn guitar, become a chef or expert on some- thing that fascinates you) and take your mind off your measurements.
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