Prominent Adam's Apple
An Adam’s apple (or laryngeal prominence) is caused by the protrusion of the thyroid cartilage which forms part of the larynx. Everyone has an Adam’s apple. It allows air to get to the lungs and enables us to speak – all in all it’s pretty vital. For obvious reasons Adam’s apples are often seen as a male only trait, but this simply isn’t true. The thyroid cartilage is comprised of two laminae fused together at an angle. This angle tends to be acuter in men than women so sticks out more thus making the Adam’s apple more visible in the male sex. The prominence of the Adam’s apple varies from person to person and can occasionally be as noticeable in some women as men. There are no real reasons for this, it’s like the difference between people’s faces, and there are certainly no health implications. However, some women with a pronounced apple do feel embarrassed deeming it masculine and unattractive but this in no way means that they’ll sound like the honey monster’s ugly twin sister. It’s purely a cosmetic issue and will not make a female voice abnormally deep. If the formation is particularly noticeable and causing considerable distress to the woman reduction surgery is available; it’s called Chondrolaryngoplasty and is most commonly used amongst transgender patients. Luckily, the procedure isn’t too complex. Whilst in men, over time, the thyroid cartilage turns to bone in women it remains as cartilage which is much easier to cut through meaning that Chondrolaryngoplasty surgery is a simpler operation to carry out on the fairer sex.
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