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    Symmastia is a rare condition in which the breasts come together at the centre of the chest and merge together in a weblike manner. Read more →

    I'm 21 and I have Penoscrotal Web (A webbed Penis). I always thought the skin attaching my penis and my scrotum was normal and it never bothered me, but I saw myself erect in the mirror recently I realised I'd never seen that on anyone else. After researching it turns out I have a webbed penis which is something you're born with and can lead to problems keeping condoms on (which I've experienced, thinking my penis was simply too small) and pain during sex. Apparently it often occurs after circumcision but I'm not circumcised! Also I have hair on the base of my shaft which is also something circumcised related. My questions are: 1. Why do I have these issues when I'm not cirumcised? 2. What should I do about condoms? 3. Have other webbed guys had pain during sex? 4. Is surgery the only option for getting rid of it? Thanks





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    Ever since i was born i have had a very strange little toe on my right foot, its flat, fat and has two toe nails on it, plus it is also webbed to the toe next to it, any ideas what it could be?





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    hi, im 16 years of age and my breasts are a real concern i've told my mother but she just says not to worry. i feel like my breasts are too small i'm a 32b but i want 32c breasts, and also my right breast is smaller than the left breast.i started puberty at 7 but started to develop breasts at 11, thought they would even out but no change, there are certain things i would self concious about like wearing a bikini on the beach bcuz my breasts are not being even in size, i havent yet seen my GP about it because im worried about them not being able to do anything about it. HELP! what can i do about it!!





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    Hi Rihanna, Your boobs dont seem to much of a worry, if your breasts fit a 32b and one is really to big for that bra and the other is to small, that is when you need to be concerned. But from what i have read you dont seem to have much to worry about. Your bikini thing... dont worry about what people think! Everyone has there own problems. If its getting you down go to your GP trust me they are really helpful and explain you think you have Assymetic breasts. :) x

    I am 13 and have size C breasts, I recently watched the program about breasts on embarrassing boddies and I am worried about the 'mouse tumor' or something like that, a lump in my breast that I can move around. I have it in both of my breasts and they have been there for as long as my breasts have so I have no idea if it is normal or not. I would also find it embarrassing talking to my mam and doctor about it so I don't know what to do!!!





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    You could email your Doctor privately or phone your local hospital to have a check up? sorry if not any help :)

    Im 31 & I hate my large 32 gg breasts so much i rarely go outdoors as i cant get clothes to fit me because of them. Im also in a lot of pain with my back & get breathless too.Iv had two children & since i had them my breasts are growing a cup size every 4 months! I started off as a c cup before having any kids & my breasts are getting bigger & bigger. Iv not put any weight on so why is this? Anyone else out there have breasts which keep on growing?





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    Well I'm not sure about the sagging but the stretch marks are there because those parts of your body grew really quickly most probably during puberty or sudden weight gain. To get rid of them you could use special creams to get rid of them or just your normal everyday cocoa butter

    Hi i am a thirteen year old girl and my breasts are....... I don't know, plain weird and not to mention small and on top of all EMBARRASSING!!!! It is pretty embarrassing since all of my friends can fit into a size 36D bras while i am just 34B. Almost everyone else in class has just about perfect breasts and during physical education class they are always flaunting it. I, on the other hand, always feel left out and like a weirdo. Also my breasts seem tubular and they have lumps. My mom noticed that they are not as round as normal breasts and she took me to see a doctor who said that's just hormones and i will grow out of it. That was a year ago. My breasts aren't really growing much and I am freaking out. I cannot wear all those clothes like girls with normal breasts. Every night i cry myself to sleep because of this. Im soo depressed. Can someone please help me? I am so desperate. Also if this is useful i started my periods 2 years ago. My breasts began growing two and a half years now. Help me PLEASE !!!!!!! :'(





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    First of all I want to say it's great you've talked to your Mom about it and your doctor. Finding another doctor who knows more about tubular breasts might help also? I've had the same condition since I was your age and I'm now 24. The best things I've found are maintaining a healthy weight and staying slim, taking vitamins and supplements, using good skin care on my breasts, (especially because mine have been COVERED in stretch marks since 13) wearing bras and bikinis with molded cups or push up bras to give my breasts good shape in clothes, keeping fit but making sure I wear a sports bra whenever I work out, getting enough sleep, taking care of myself and being healthy in general. There are lots of ways I've learned to cope and improve my body too. I'm still self conscious but it's never been a problem for getting or keeping a boyfriend - focus on other things like your personality, intelligence, etc. and remember the world doesn't end with your breasts! Focus on your good qualities physically too and play them up - your beautiful face, great legs, nice skin, whatever it is. Focus on your best features and don't compare yourself to your friends. Even if that means being a little more modest to avoid feeling uncomfortable. There's nothing worse than a nasty comment from an unhelpful friend! Just don't take it to heart because girls can be so stupid! Get changed in private if you need to instead of in a common changeroom or whatever. I don't know if you actually have tubular breasts or if you just have normal breasts but are feeling like you're different from everyone else. If want to get something changed about your breasts cosmetically later on in life, I really wouldn't recommend surgery is as this can leave you with lots of scars and loss of feeling to your breasts through nerve damage. Instead maybe your parents can consult Cindy Jackson, an expert on cosmetic makeovers: http://www.cindyjackson.com/consultations-vip/info_31.html for things that can be done when you're older to make you feel more comfortable in your skin. If you're ok with nudity there's a site showing what's normal in healthy breasts of different shapes and sizes, promoting a more realistic and holistic body image. It's http://www.007b.com/breast_gallery.php (WARNING this site has photos of breasts so do not enter if that offends you!) I'm sure there will be lots of photos of women's breasts that are normal and healthy and just like yours, so don't feel weird or depressed. Even if you have tuberous breasts they may be less common, but are still part of normal body variation and lots of other people have the same. Women with tuberous breasts live happy normal lives, get married, have kids etc. It is NOT the end of the world. :) Please just learn to love yourself and take good care of yourself and trust that looking a certain way is not that important! Hope this helps! Much love and God bless.

    Thank you so much for replying Bianca. You are a lifesaver. God bless You and keep on being AMAZING. Xoxo amber

    Im 16 and I have rather large breasts for my height, I'm only 4ft 11 and have 34G breasts; however one of my breasts is three sizes bigger than the other and is really worrying, I want surgery to take them up to the right size but they won't allow it... Am I normal?:/ please help?





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    hi, my breasts don't look like what 'normal' breasts should look like They haven't really changed since i hit puberty. im 19, could my breasts still be developing?





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    hi,im 14 and im a 34ff cup and i feel abnormal compared 2 my friends who are a-d cups why is this?

    hii been breast feeding my 7 month old from birth now. just for 1 day i have been feeling some really different feeling in my breats. in the inner part of the breast, feels like my breasts are hard but there not. the feeling hurts when you touch it. fells really funny wen i just sitting here. i have tryed to feed the baby but nothing has changed. please could you suggest something or do i need to go see a doctors?

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    Hi, I'm a 14 year old girl who is worried about her breasts. I have several questions I'd like to ask and I'd hope for answers to them. Firstly ill just let you know a little more about my breasts. I'm a 32-30 Dd and as you can tell they are pretty big for my size 6-8 figure. Although I've noticed that they sag quite a lot and I was wondering if there was anyway possible for them to be more perky without surgery?(natural way) another question I'm going to ask is that I have stretch marks on my breasts and they stand out a lot, so is there anyway of getting rid of them? My final question, is there any way of getting/helping your breasts grow inwards(so that you get a line/that kind of thing) and for them not to sag outwards? Thanks again, a confused teenager.





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    I think the first thing you need to know is that this is totally normal. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot than can be done to naturally change the shape of your breasts - only surgery can do that, which I would not recommend for someone at your age. But you are only 14, so it is entirely possible that your breasts will change over time. If you feel embarrassed about the "outward" shape, consider purchasing a good bra (scaffold bras are good) - go to an underwear store or a general store like M&S to get advice. As for the stretch marks, they should fade over time. It sounds as though your breasts grew quite rapidly which is why this happened. You could try products like bio oil, and if you want to show off a bit of cleavage on a night out, foundation can work wonders. To conclude, it all sounds perfectly natural and there is really no need for you to worry. Any problems are very uncommon in young women, but see your GP if you are worried - if there are dramatic changes for example. I know it's not a practical solution to your problem, but I hope this will ease your mind a little - and trust me, you have a figure most women crave, so embrace it!

    I have just turned 17. Since my breasts first began to develop they had always seemed very low and had an irregular shape. My nipples are very large and point downwards and my breasts sag and are very low. From the information on this website I appear to have tuberous breasts. I have always been really insecure and do my best to hide them by wearing tight bras that keep them quite perky and high however I have weak ligaments in my shoulders and because of the tightness of my bras and the weight of my DD breasts my shoulders are often very swollen and I'm in quite a lot of pain. I really don't want anyone to see but if I showed a doctor would they actually be able to help me in any way?





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    Hi my son was born with webbed fingers more on the left hand and just the two middle fingers the right hand isn't that webbed. He is fifteen now, I do not no if he has any problem with his chest muscle. The consultant said it it was because he was born early! What do you think? Thank you for your programme it's great.





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    I had BA surgery to correct a deformity following scoliosis about 8 years ago. I noticed a year or so ago that my breasts had changed shape very slowly and having done some research realised that they're webbed! That's why I can't wear bras with underwires....but I don't think I'll have it corrected. Ironically the symmastia gives my breasts a natural "droop" that ive always wanted rather than fake look. No one believes they're fake until I show them the tiny scares. So I think I'll keep mine, I prefer to wear these new comfort bras anyway!





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    i think i might have one slightly webbed finger is that a birth mark?.





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    My daughter has webbed toes, she is 12 years old, should she wait until she is an adult and can anything be done? Thank you





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    hi im 14 when i pull my foreskin back my head is attached to my foreskin its like webbed to it. it really hurts what can i do plz help me





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    hi im 15 when i pull my foreskin back my head is attached to my foreskin its like webbed to it. it really hurts what can i do plz help me





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    im 13 years old and when i pull back my foreskin my head is attached to my foreskin its like webbed to it it really hurts what can i do and im really embarrist to tell anyone and not even my mum and dad know





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    I am 15 and i have a "webbed penis" but it does not feel weird or make my penis shorter(i think), should i do anything?





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    hi i have poland syndrome i have the small breast shorter arm webbed hand and arm! i no i have a muscle missing but dont no of any other problems my question is might i have problems as i get older due to this condition??





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    I can't believe I've felt so alone all these years....to see how many other people suffer with PS is so comforting to me. I especailly feel for the young girls, because I know what it's like wearing big ugly bras and those hot, heavy inserts from the breast cancer department. I also have a smaller right hand and webbed fingers, which was the source of a lot of unwanted attention in school. I was able to have a breast reduction in my early 20's on my left side. My insurance covered it because of the weight difference from my breasts causing back pain. Also, my chiropractor has specialized a specific treatment plan for me because my muscle makeup is different from everyone else. And, the absence of pectoral muscles DOES affect your back health. There's just another avenue to check into for anyone looking for help. Is there any website or social network for PS support? I'd love to be a part of it!





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    I am 21 and I haven't worn a swim suit since I hit puberty at 11. I am completely flat on my right side and my mom did mention that I had slightly webbed fingers as a child. I haven't brought this up to my doctor but I'm really thinking about it because this has had such a profound impact on my self esteem.





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    Don't let this condition define who you are. Show off your good assets and work round the other bits. I'm not comfortable in a swim suit but I have adapted so as not to miss out in life by buying a halterneck tank top type which I added extra padding in. Do sew the padding in as I found out it moves in the water and you end up with a wonky looking boob (awkward). I now look at myself as special, not different and I remind my husband how lucky he is to have such a special person in his life (me).

    go to the gym and dont get an implant. I have ps in my left chest. I just made up for the difference by focusing on my back and shoulders. if you dont think about it, it isnt an issue. the strength training made me feel about better about myself. implant is not worth the risk

    can this cause your fingers to kind of 'webb' as this has been with me since i was born but in last few years hand n feet are becomingstuck together making them look webbed. went to orthopedics took bloods not R.A but accidently missed next appointment as was in exam period n they took me off list so still have no idea.this can be very painful when im typing essays or doing practical tasks such as diy or gardening on a cool or cold day.





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    My son is 4mo old and has Poland Syndrome. If anybody can tell me what I can do to make things better for him I would greatly appreciate it. It is not that noticeable now but i am sure it will be when he gets older. His R side is affected. His thumb, pointer and middle finger are smaller and mildly webbed. It is not that noticeable unless you are looking for it but again I wonder how it will be when he gets older... He is the youngest of 6 children. I just want him to have the best support system. and whatever else he may need. Thank you all for your help...





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    I am a physical therapist. I too have a son with Poland syndrome but without upper extremity involvement and he was not diagnosed as a neonate. Because of this and his lack of "pain" complaints I have not been able to get help for him through insurance etc. I have done extensive research on Poland syndrome and every case is different. Your son will live a wonderful life but it is your responsibility to INSIST he have 3D-CT scan if not done already and if possible. This is the best imaging to determine any and all other involvements aside from his pecoralis major muscle (the sternocostal head) and his hand. MANY tissues (and even organs) can be involved. My son was yellow-orange for about the 1st year of his life and I was brushed off as a 'PESKY' OVERLY WORRIED MOTHER!!! He was then diagnosed with high functioning autism at 13! I now wonder if the bilirubin was the cause of his yellowish color...elevated bilirubin can cause brain damage. REMEMBER it is your job to be a PESKY OVERLY WORRIED MOTHER!!!It is okay to be that way. AND IF ANYONE IS READING THIS THAT HAS NOT RECEIVED A FORMAL DIAGNOSIS WITH THE USE OF IMAGING (3D-CT PREFERRED), angiogram, EMG, etc FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS!!! Go on line AND google Poland's Syndrome,heart, liver, kidney, dextrocardia, etc. Read about it and take the important printed copies to your pediatrician as support for the needed 3D-CT, x-ray, mri, whatever. Poland Syndrome can be asymptomatic but the missing or malformed pec muscle is a sign that something more could be there and it could be serious. AT A MINIMUM THE SCAN SHOULD BE DONE (IF IT HAS NOT BEEN DONE YET) TO DETERMINE IF THERE ARE OTHER MUSCLE/BONE INVOLVEMENTS. I was told the condition was ASYMPTOMATIC and my son still has no complaints other than he wants it fixed (this topic is another post). This may be the case with your child's youth BUT PS is progressive as as a person ages. Postural issues can evolve (scapula winging, rounded shoulders, etc) and this will eventually cause long term pain as an adult. For now... educate your doctor, find out all tissue and organ involvement, start him in a life long therapy program so living with Poland Syndrome is a part of his life starting early. Help him with his self image by talking openly and lightly about it. He will be amazing and help others to overcome adversity. As strange as this sounds, you are so lucky to have this opportunity. Poland syndrome is my passion because my son and I both had to learn a Poland syndrome life style. Feel free to contact me any time at Sincerely, Nancy

    I have read the comment below and I couldn't agree more. I am a 37 year old woman and my left side is affected by Poland Syndrome. My mum battled and had to fight every step of the way as very little was known about PS (or still is) but she finally found a hand specialist that had a lot of answers for us, not all but at lessed it helped a bit.

    Hello. i'm 13 and have bunions on both my feet they're painless but I also have webbed feet aswell, its embaressing, an my friends laugh. The bunions also hurt in pointed shoes as they get rubbed against by the shoes. Thanks for your help :)





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    If you have bunions and wear pointed shoes or any shoes that don't fit around your feet properly they will only get worse and more painful, stop it from getting any worse and to help comfort buy a bunion sock

    hi there i am 21 i have had a skin condition for aslong as i can remember now me and my two brothers suffer with the same condition which has seriously lowered my confidence, im not sure what it is it looks like webbed scarring but very itchy and irratating after a shower, bath any were that involves water. ive being using creams all my life and the doctors say its dermetitus but it dos'nt look like it and ive never seen any one with this condition. im to embarressed to show my body in public and expecially in the bedroom!! please can you help me





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    After watching tonight's programme, I can now give my 57 year old partner the medical term for his condition (Poland's Syndrome) when he comes in from work later. He has always been embarassed about his lack of chest muscle. (He was born with BOTH hands webbed and shortened fingers). In past times, one just had to put up with certain conditions and he has never asked a doctor about it. Thank you for producing such an informative programme. We could have done with this years ago!





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    hey, i have recently watched your show with the lady on who had tubular breasts and was uncomfortable with the way that they were. i am 17 and have hated my breasts since they started developing. one is quite a lot bigger than the other, the areola of my breasts are large and a very pale colour, and due the the constant change in my weight i have stretch marks all over my breasts and excess skin on them too. they are quite obviously making me very unhappy and my current boyfriend of nearly three months has not seen my breasts and only one other partner has. my breasts are rather saggy for a 17 year old too and as you can imagine i was wondering if there is anything i can get to help without paying an extortionate amount.





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    Hi, Im 22 years old and have never liked my breasts! They are extremely saggy! I just wish I had the breasts every other 'normal' 22 year old starts out with. They are not particularly large but yet are very saggy, my nipples pointing downwards leaving my breasts looking more like thin flaps of skin and fat rather than actual breasts. Im not sure what is available via the nhs or cosmetic companies or what procedures would be used as I have read all breasts need individual consultations etc but need to do something ASAP I have really had enough! Thank you.





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    Hello everyone, i dont have symmastia, but my friend and roommate does-from puberty apparently and i still think it's one of the most beautiful breasts i ever saw. I think it's envy that makes people mock and taunt. She's quite proud of her breasts and flaunts them when she can. When other gals already have to worry about drooping breasts, my roomie's breasts seem to have a support of their own, and look like they will clearly defy gravity for years to come. So to all those who have these, be proud, ur breasts are one in a million.





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    I love the previous comment. I have congential symmastia, I'm 23 now but I posted on here about a year ago. I was obsessed about trying to fix them, I was so embarrassed that I didn't have a cleavage and that I couldn't wear balcony bras. Now I love my boobs. My friends envy how perky they are and I barely wear bras anymore. I find bronzers help create a cleavage and strengthening peck muscles keeps them perky. I don't think this a rare condition, I just don't think anyone talks about it. My boyfriend loves them, my friends love them, it was me that had the problem with them (which was stupid). I urge all girls in this position to give yourself a break, you didn't cause this it just happened to you but it's actually a perky blessing in disguise!

    I Have Polands Syndrome and have various ops on my Right hand which was webbed at birth with short stubby fingers of which i have just three digits.i had a breast reduction on my left side as this side developed quicker on that side. i live a normal life have got 2 daughters but while pregnant i had to have detailed scans to make sure babies were both ok, the other symptom to this syndrome is also a hairlip.





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