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Breasts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. There is no right or wrong. For some people, however, large breasts can get in the way of daily life.

There is some evidence that large bra cup sizes are related to shoulder and neck pain. People may also want to reduce their breast size for cosmetic or psychological reasons.

Genetics, body weight, and age can affect breast size. Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, medications, or thyroid issues can also have an impact.

In this article, we look at a range of natural methods people can try that may decrease breast size or the appearance of breast size.

Natural methods for reducing breast size

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It is possible to reduce breast size with exercise and diet changes.

There are some natural options that may reduce breast size without surgery. Breasts contain mostly fat, so strategies that reduce overall body fat may work well.

The right method for reducing breast size depends on a person's overall health and the reason for large breasts, which could include hormonal conditions or obesity.

People concerned about breast health may wish to see their doctor before making significant lifestyle changes.

The following natural remedies may help reduce breast size:

The breasts are mostly made up of adipose tissue, or fat. Losing body fat can reduce a person's breast size.

People can lose body fat by using up more calories than they eat, and by eating a healthful diet. A low-calorie, highly nutritious diet can indirectly help to shrink breast tissue.

Focus on eating nutrient-dense foods that are low in calories. Fruits, vegetables, fatty fish, such as salmon, and lean meats, such as grilled chicken, can help a person feel full while still supporting healthy weight loss.

People who are breastfeeding or pregnant should talk to a doctor or midwife before trying to lose weight.

Flaxseed may help reduce estrogen levels.

Estrogen plays a key role in the development of breast tissue. So countering excess estrogen could reduce breast size, especially in people with hormonal imbalances.

Hormonal contraceptives contain estrogen and progesterone and can make a person's breasts grow bigger. The effect usually goes away again once the person stops taking the medication.

Learn more about how birth control can increase breast size here.

Some research suggests that a person can reduce their body estrogen levels through dietary changes.

For instance, animal studies suggest that flaxseed supplements regulate estrogen levels by reducing estrogen expression in the ovaries. Flaxseed may also protect the heart, reduce the risk of cancer, and prevent inflammation.

There is, however, little evidence about natural remedies to reduce estrogen in the body. People may wish to talk to their doctor about estrogen-lowering medication.