Both boys and girls will notice changes on the outside and on the inside during puberty. Let's admit that puberty is a difficult moment in our lives. Boys and girls nearing it have a lot of questions but are often ashamed to ask aloud. Here are blush-free answers to some frequently asked questions by boys about puberty.
I’m a 17-year-old boy, and one of my breasts is enlarged and painful to touch. What can I do?
During puberty, it is common for boys to have breast tissue grow under their nipples. When breasts become enlarged in boys or men, it’s called gynaecomastia. You can also find your nipples are tender and your breast area feels sore.
It is not a serious medical condition, and it tends to go away on its own, usually around the end of puberty, say 17 to 19 years old. But whether it’s common or not, for many boys it’s very embarrassing to have enlarged breasts. If you still are experiencing painful or tender breasts after you are 18 or 19, you should ask a health care professional about treatment options. Other causes of enlarged breasts:
Certain skin care products, such as lotions, soaps, and shampoos that use tea tree oil and lavender, may also cause gynaecomastia. Lavender and tea tree oil contain plant oestrogen, a hormone which can affect your body. If you stop using these products, the gynaecomastia usually goes away.
The side effects of HIV/AIDS treatment can also cause gynaecomastia.