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Dr Christian:
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.

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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?

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Can anyone recommend a surgeon to carry ot this procedure (man boobs) Thanks





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Hello everyone, I'm a 16 year old male and have had this issue for years. I would say the first time I noticed and became aware of them when I was about 11 or 12 years old. I weigh about 80 kg and I'm tired of this. I can't handle it anymore, and I don't even know if It's a medical condition or not. Is anyone else going through the same?





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i'm profoundly deaf, 75 age will be 2 month next time so i need try ask you that i have been worried about my own boobs have one this but i wants try have expensive cream good for diabetic okay please do not tell any body about it out my private life been try change new life as woman life so my late mother was very mad angry with me and n hard spanked me i was 23 year old I now l feel lose my condifence so hope able help me ab





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Hi .im a 26 year old male . I hope someone can answer this. Around 4 weeks ago I had a hard lump behind my left nipple a size of a pea and did dint hurt or nothing now over the time it's changed to 3x the size and it's gone all tender and sore. Never had anything like this be for. Is this something to be concerned about ? Cheers





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I am 16 years old boy i am scarred that my chest looks like boobs what to do?and which kind of doector help in this.





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Hi I'm 18 and recently lost a lot of weight and now I'm 16 stone around 6ft 2", I think my man boobs are way to big for my size. I have tried so hard and they wont go down. I think I need so see a doctor and don't know what to say to make an appointment or where else I can go. Can someone please help me?





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Im 16 years old, and ive been a little chunky when I was about 10 and eleven and I grew out of that stage, but the man boobs stayed, im 5 '10' and 159 pounds now, and I have man boobs, I don't understand because im fit, and I have a fit body, yet these man boobs are killing me, they are not noticeable unless you look close enough or I have my shirt off, its hurting me, because I cant go to the beach without taking my shirt off, and its killing my confidence, and surgery is not an option, my parents wont pay for it, ive had this since I was 11.





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I am a 14 year old male and I was outside playing basketball when then I feel something hard underneath my left nipple. What does this mean? I'm kind of scared! Someone just please help me and give me an answer!





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I am 34 year old male, when I was in my twenties my weight fluctuated up and down and unfortunately left me with gynecomastia. I started working out more to tone up and create definition but no matter how much exercise I did the fat tissue didn't seem to go away which is why I turned to surgery. I found a clinic called aurora after doing lots of research and about 4 months ago I had my operation. It’s been one of the best decisions I've made and it means I can wear what I want now. If you’re considering going down the surgical route I would definitely check out www.aurora-clinics.co.uk





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I am 13. i have had man boobs for a little under 2 years and i i get the fun taken out of me in the chsnging rooms. i used to be really fit and a tiny bit less now but not enough to have man boobs. unfortunatly i am a subject to the "Man Boob". Does anyone know a something i can get ride of the them asap because i wana start going to swimming pools again and feeling ok about my self. Thanks...





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