We’re getting loads and loads of comments on our Embarrassing Bodies site from guys worrying about man boobs. Loads of you are worrying about whether your chests, your breasts, even your nipples are normal, what’s acceptable to have and what really isn’t.
Well, first thing, is it normal to have lumps underneath your nipples? I would say this, if you’re a teenage boy going through puberty, then absolutely yes, very often you can get lumps underneath your nipples, a little bit of gynaecomastia due to hormonal changes that are going on in your bodies right now. You may even find your breasts get a little bit sore and your nipples get a little bit tender. That, I promise, will settle down with time. If you’re an adult guy, well, the most important thing I would say is to look out for changes; anything that wasn’t there a month ago, two months ago, you should really get checked out by your doctor.
You also want to know whether sticky-out nipples or even sticky-in nipples are normal. Again, I would say to you, look for changes. If you’ve always had protruding nipples, that’s absolutely fine, that’s how you are, enjoy ‘em. If they’ve started sticking out, that may mean that there’s something else going on and you should get it checked out. Again, if your nipples have started to come in and to invert, and that’s new, get your doctor to have a look.
A lot of you want to know how on earth you tell the difference between real man boobs, which are called gynaecomastia, and just fat man boobs, pseudogynaecomastia. Actually, it’s really easy. Fat man boobs just feel like fat, the same fat that you get anywhere else on your body. If you squeeze your tummy and if your boobs feel exactly the same, then chances are those are fat man boobs, pseudogynaecomastia. If, however, underneath the skin of the breast you can feel the hard glandular-like tissue, lumpy, then that probably is real glandular breast tissue, and that would be gynaecomastia.
And the real million dollar question here is ‘how do I get rid of my man boobs?’ You need to get yourself fit, you need to lose weight, you need to cut down on alcohol and you need to eat sensibly, and that is the most successful way of ensuring a fit healthy life and losing your man boobs. As a final last resort, if they really don’t seem to go, particularly real man boobs, real gynaecomastia with glandular tissue, surgery is a possible option, but you’ll need to go to your GP to organise that.
Doctor Responses: Man Boobs
Dr Christian answers your most frequently asked questions about man boobs such as: Is it normal to have lumps underneath your nipples? Are protrusive nipples normal? How can you tell the difference between real man boobs and fat man boobs?
With thanks to the Baker Street Medical Centre
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