The Girls' Growing Up in the Lord

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Question

Lately I have been very concerned that my breasts have stopped growing. I have just turned 15 and got my period just before I turned 13. I don't even fill an A cup. It is as if my breasts are still in Tanner stage 3, as they are not round but cone shaped, yet they have looked the same since I got my period I think. I seem to have all the other signs of complete physical maturity, although my period does come irregularly -- sometimes but not often.  Do you think they still have some growing to do? My mum said she grew into a B, but couldn't remember when she fully developed.

I would really appreciate an answer. I am getting very stressed about it. Also, could a doctor tell me if they are now fully developed by examining them?

Thank you for your help.

Hannah


Answer

One of the things the Lord warned us about is worrying about things over which we have no control. "He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, don't be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds! Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height? If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?" (Luke 12:22-26).

Why don't you use the Tanner Stage Calculator for Girls to see what stage you are in. It goes through a number of factors to determine how far along you are in development. If the estimate is not enough to calm your worries, you can ask your doctor to xray your hand and give you an estimate based on the growth plates in your hand. This method is the most accurate for determining if you are still growing or not.

Whatever the answer, the best thing is to be happy to be who you are right now and not base your happiness on what you wish you could be.