In 2002, research published by the Environment Agency showed that an ‘exquisitely potent’ form of oestrogen — which is believed to have entered the rivers through the urine of Pill and HRT-users — was responsible for changing the sex of half of all the male fish in British lowland rivers, and could be contaminating the water supply.
Now, it has been suggested that the influence of these xenoestrogens (literally ‘foreign oestrogens’) could be responsible for the rapid decline in male sperm count and fertility.
Some girls develop earlier, others later, and a girl's breasts can keep growing and changing into her late teens. There are things you can do — like eating well and getting enough exercise and sleep — to help your body develop in a healthy way.
Don't feel shy about talking to your doctor if you have questions about your body and how it is developing.
For women such as 21-year-old Terri Smith, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, who wears an uncomfortable KK-cup, the L-cup could provide welcome relief from the daily agony that comes from forcing herself into ill-fitting underwear.And it says the average British bra size is closer to a 34E than the 36C we are led to believe.But we don’t owe our expanding bustlines to modern fitting techniques alone.We are experiencing an obesity epidemic, so the increase in women’s measurements isn’t that surprising.’ But this is only part of the story.After all, women such as Terri do not appear to be carrying much excess fat elsewhere on their bodies. Yet throughout my teens my boobs went up a couple of cup sizes every year.’ Anna Prince, from Bravissimo, agrees: ‘There is a total misconception that it’s unusual to be big-boobed and small-bodied.