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Every October, people put on their pink and remind us to take care of our tatas. With breast cancer being the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (ultimately affecting 1 in 8 over a lifetime), far-reaching campaigns are important in raising awareness and raising money to support finding a cure. However, as breast cancer awareness has increased, so has anxiety about breast cancer - especially among young girls.

One of the most popular articles on our website is “What to Expect when Your Breasts Bud.” It explains that puberty often starts with breast buds, which are small knots that arise under the nipple and areola — sometimes on...

The Girlology Foundation is collecting gently used and new bras for girls ages 8-12 served through our free programs for under-resourced families. If you have growing daughters or just an interest, we could use your help! 

In our puberty program for girls, we talk about a LOT of things including first bras, bra shopping and sizing. When we host our programs in the suburbs, we don't usually have to worry about girls' parents being able to provide bras for them when they're needed. With our new outreach, we have many girls whose families can't afford to buy them bras that fit. We'd like to offer those girls their own, properly fitted bras to take home.

Would you PLEASE donate gently used bras or new bras that we can...

Looking back at fifth grade, it was a rough time for me...REALLY rough.  Before this, I struggled with being “different” because I was one of the few Indian students at school.  After dispelling many rumors about my culture, (“No, I don’t know how to charm a snake... No, I don’t have to wear a dot on my forehead”), I thought life would get a little easier, but then, all of a sudden, I had BOOBS.  Seriously. They seemed to come out of NOWHERE. I was flat as a pancake one day and curvy the next. How could that happen?

I quickly realized that I HAD to wear baggy clothes and avoid making any sudden movements if I didn’t want the two blobs on my chest to jiggle. Ugh. I hated my boobs because no one else seemed to have them in my class...

Help your girls and their parents to understand what to expect in puberty. Sharing this information BEFORE changes occur is the best way to help her face it with confidence. 

I’m not talking about man-boobs, although there’s plenty to blog about there.  But I have to share a story about my husband, a girlology dad. First of all, let me say that both of the Girlology husbands (dad’s) are very girl-oriented…er, girl focused…girl centric…girl crazy! They can talk breasts, hair management, tampons and periods with the best of us.

Being married to us makes that a requirement. But Michael, my husband out did himself on this one.

Being the handy Girlology Dad that he is, he actually made Anne Claire, my oldest daughter, a velcro-closure, adjustable bra out of……duct tape. It actually came out pretty well, but not something she would ever wear in public until maybe college and some worrisome frat party...

Puberty is inevitable, but every girl has a unique experience and handles it in her own way. You can help make it a positive experience by helping your daughter know what to expect and reassuring her that some of the weirdness is actually normal!

To help her (and you) know what’s coming, here’s a brief overview of “the order of things”

  • Feet and hands grow first.
  • Breast buds are next for about 85% of girls.
  • Remember that one side usually buds first as a hard, sometimes tender, knot under the areola. The other side will bud within a short time usually, but sometimes it takes up to 6 months.
  • Shortly after breasts bud (a sign of circulating estrogen), she will begin to have vaginal discharge (...

Growing breasts is just a normal part of being a girl, but for something so normal, breast development can raise a lot of questions. 

“When will they grow?” 

“When will they stop growing?” 

“Are mine normal?”

From all the questions that girls ask us about breast development, it’s obvious that this part of growing up can be exciting, worrisome, and even annoying – all at the same time! It’s exciting because growing breasts means you are growing up and your body is doing what it is supposed to do. The worrisome parts can be made a lot better by understanding what’s normal and what to expect.  And the annoying part? Well, having breasts takes a little getting used to, but there are some things you can do to make...