Not only women can have breasts. Breasts also occur regularly in men, especially during puberty or adolescence. This is often a huge source of shame that can cause all kinds of obstacles in daily life. Breast formation and swollen nipples can also cause nasty pain.
Many men hardly dare to talk about the problem, which of course does not improve the situation. Fortunately, there is always something to do! We are discussing today where the problem actually comes from, and how it can be resolved.
Testosterone and estrogen to reduce puffy nipples
Breast formation takes place under the influence of the ‘female’ hormone estrogen . Normally men do not care so much about it, so they do not get breasts. Certainly in puberty, however, that can (temporarily) change. A part of the testosterone in your body is then converted into estrogen. This happens even more with overweight boys, because fat also produces estrogen.
Elderly men can also suffer from estrogen dominance. After all, they make less testosterone, so that estrogen quickly gains the upper hand. Extreme stress has a similar effect in men of all ages. Finally, medicines and supplements can sometimes have an effect on the production of estrogen.
How to get rid of puffy nipples fast
Gynecomastia can have a lot of causes, in other words. To find the solution to the problem, you will usually first have to determine where it comes from. For boys who suffer from breast growth in their adolescence, there is good news: usually it goes by itself. After a period, the breast tissue disappears again.
If you are older, it is unfortunately a bit less straightforward. When using medicines or other hormone-controlling agents, it may be wise to see if there are alternatives. In addition, increasing testosterone sometimes has an effect, just like losing weight in the case of overweight. If that does not help, the excess breast tissue can be surgically removed.
Difference gynecomastia and puffy nipples
Gynecomastia is certainly not unusual in men. More often ‘swollen’ nipples occur. That is not quite the same as gynecomastia, because no breast tissue is produced around the nipples. The gland system does not develop with swollen nipples, which is what it does in gynecomastia.
Instead, the nipples simply retain more moisture and fat, resulting in a visible expulsion. However, this can also be rather severe! Many men with swollen nipples are ashamed, for example, to go swimming or have sex .
Puffy nipples male solution : Practical tips
Even if you ‘only’ suffer from swollen nipples, it is therefore important to know what you can do about it. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help you get swollen nipples away.
1. Do not pinch!
Many people with swollen nipples pinch a lot in the hope that the swelling becomes less visible. In the short term this can indeed help for a short time. In the long term, however, you damage the tissue with it, which in turn causes extra swelling. In addition, your nipples are going to hurt a lot more. So stay away from it, however tempting it may seem.
2. Eat enough iodine
A shortage of iodine can cause you to retain more moisture. This not only leads to a ‘paffy’ face and thicker ankles and wrists, but also to unhealthy nipples. It is therefore important to get enough of this mineral. Iodine is mainly added in bread in the Netherlands . Furthermore, it is mainly in seaweed .
You can also choose to use kelp powder. Throw this for example by smoothies or (homemade) protein shakes.
3. Not too much salt
A surplus of salt is not only unhealthy because your blood pressure rises. You also go for a lot more water . In some people that is also visible in the nipples, with that swelling as a result. Do you eat a lot of processed products, or do you add a lot of salt to your food? Then take a look at these tips to eat less salt .
4. Losing weight
Above we mentioned that overweight is often a (co-) cause of gynecomastia. This also often plays a role in swollen nipples. After all, the storage of fat in the breast region gives a ‘breast-like’ swelling quickly. Do you suffer from overweight, then losing weight is really a must.
Note that you do this gradually, not with an unhealthy crash diet . A good tip is also to do strength training . Your body will soon look tighter if you lose some of that fat.
5. Do not be ashamed to go to the doctor!
Sometimes gynecomastia and swollen nipples are simply a result of medical problems. Think of inflammation, allergies or (very occasionally!) Even breast cancer. Moreover, it can sometimes only be resolved as an operation with a medical procedure. In those cases, a visit to the GP is really necessary.
Do not let yourself be stopped by shame. That doctor has really seen crazy things and you will not laugh at your breast. The only goal is to get rid of the problem as quickly as possible – exactly what you want, so!