What Happens When Men Develop Breasts?

November 8, 2012

By Elisabeth Dale

It May be Time for a New Line of Male Lingerie

Less than one percent of all breast cancer cases are found in men. It’s a rare disease, striking one out of every 1000 versus one out of 8 women in their lifetime. It’s still relatively uncommon for males to be diagnosed with this “pink” or female disease. Yet what men seem to experience more often is the struggle women commonly have with their own breasts: finding the right fit in a bra.  No, it’s not some sexual fetish creating a kinky fashion demand. There are lingerie lines available to meet that need. Rather it is men developing female-like mounds on their chests and discovering that they need to contain and restrain this new breast flesh.

Male breast growth is a medical condition known as gynecomastia. Young males can develop a hormonal imbalance that causes them to grow breasts. Often the only treatment available to young patients is breast reduction surgery. One out of four men between the age of 50 and 70 are also diagnosed with this disorder. It turns out that many drugs used to treat enlarged prostates, heart disease, and even depression can result in gynecomastia. These men face the same body image issues as adolescent girls. But more mature men are less inclined to resort to surgery when it comes to their new man boobs. They instead turn to the array of women’s bras to camouflage and control these breasts under their clothes.

I’ve received many emails from men who have asked for my advice on the best bras for their body type. They tend to need garments with broader bands and smaller cups. Not always satisfied with male compression shirts, they turn to women’s sports bra manufacturers for comfort and relief. They have the same complaints as most women:  suffer from back pain, difficulty with sizing, and can’t find styles that flatter their figures. Many men now rely on some of my personal everyday bra brands like Moving Comfort, Wacoal, and others.

An aging population of baby boomers is bound to increase its dependence on the drugs that result in this breast growing side effect. Should bra designers take into consideration this new male foundation need? What do you think? Is it okay for a guy to be fitted in a women’s lingerie department or store?


Also READ: Men Who Wear Bras: An Under-served Lingerie Market

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ELISABETH DALE is an internationally renowned breast expert and author, and the founder of She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show, BBC World News, NPR, and has been featured in The New York Times, Cosmo, Glamour, Men’s Health, and the Sunday London Times.

In her book, bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls, and on her website, Elisabeth entertains, educates and encourages AAA through KK cups to learn more about their bodies and support the changes their breasts go through from puberty to motherhood and menopause.

At, women can bare and share their intimate feelings and stories about their bodies (mammoirs), and experience a safe haven to explore new and innovative products, services, clothing, and surgical options. You can visit to find the best breast gear and garments that have earned The Breast Life Seal of Approval from a trusted community of product testers, and share your finds and feelings with an active community of other smart, stylish and interested women.

  1. Don Deitz Friday - 09 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    Women can't appreciate what it is like for a guy to develop breasts. In my case it was a side effect of prostate medication I started taking when I turned 50. As my breasts developed I went through stages of ignoring it, then embarrassment, realizing that compression shirts were not working that well, to accepting that the best solution for me was a bra. My wife was very supportive through this whole process and bought me my first few bras. It felt very strange and weird wearing a bra but after a few weeks I was very willing to trade that for the relief from my chest and back pain. My first were plain full coverage bras and a few sports bras. After several years I started getting nicer bras, many from Bali and Wacoal. It is 9 years later and I still buy Bali and Wacoal. I have come to like demi cup and molded cup bras. I don't see anything wrong with occasionally wearing a very nice bra from Aubade or Chantelle or other high-end brand. I don't see that as being much different from wearing an expensive shirt and tie. I wear a 38B and buy in stores and online. --Don
    • Audie Dewey Monday - 18 / 04 / 2016 Reply
      Thank you so much for this article--so many helpful tips here. But, I just saw this site ("The 3 Biggest Man Boobs Mistakes") and actually was reading about this same topic the other day. I did some searching around and stumbled onto this cool article… I thought it was helpful… check it out…
  2. Elisabeth Dale (@TheBreastLife) Friday - 09 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    Thanks, Don, for sharing your experience. I know there are many guys out there who, like you, have had to adjust to a new breast life but may not know their options. More and more men (one out of 4 according to doctors) are having to deal with a new breast life. Thanks for your insight and willingness to talk about the issue.
  3. Don Deitz Saturday - 10 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    Thank you, Elisabeth. A guy has to be in alot of discomfort to start wearing a bra. I came to realize that wearing a bra didn't make me a different person than I was before. So I have breasts now. OK. So I wear a bra to support the girls. OK. So I learned the differences between a full coverage, demi, molded, balconette, push up, racer back, and front hook bras. OK. I know what size I wear and what styles and brands I like. OK. It doesn't matter if I'm wearing a plain sports bra or an elegant embroidered tulle bra. I am comfortable with my breast life. And it's OK. I'm still me. Maybe some other guys would also write here. It feels like I'm the only guy who ever says anything. Don
  4. Don Deitz Saturday - 10 / 11 / 2012 Reply
    Della -- It's not that I really wanted to start wearing bras but a side effect of the medication I need caused some breast growth. The pain in my back and shoulders forced me to look for a solution. I tried other things but bras turned out to be the best solution for me.
  5. Darlene Porter Friday - 03 / 05 / 2013 Reply
    I am 46 and I am a long time crossdresser, I kind of hope Im one of the one in four you are talking about. If I developed breasts at age 50 I'd be more than happy. I wear bras all the time any way. I'd like to know what kind of medication you take.
  6. robert Friday - 13 / 09 / 2013 Reply
    First.....i dont see a b cup causing back and shoulder pain. Second.... you dont need a reason to like to wear womens clothing. you and dont make excuses.
    • DDtop Tuesday - 25 / 11 / 2014 Reply
      How would you know? As a B cup on a 38 back is quite alot ive a friend that's female and a 40B and she has quite big breasts plus it depends on a persons shape/chest and build also with homone problems it can cause them to be come quite sore and painful. but guess your a 'True' American hero male that's a breast expert(paws at them like a kid with candy?)And show your woman love? (5min wonder) and straight as a die(Round the back with john when no one's around)? He is being him self it's just you being a !!!!
  7. Dana Saturday - 04 / 01 / 2014 Reply
    I have the same problem Im a 40c and this was due to a hormone imbalance. I was first fitted at fashioning and after they closed i began buying my bras from lane breast. I was first confronted by my supervisor at work about it. The ladys who work there are required to wear a bra and they brougt it to her attention i should have to wear one as well. She then spoke to me about it and i complied. I was surprised to be a C cup. I am glad this happened as it relieved a lot of soreness i was experiencing. I no longer work there but i continue to wear a bra to this day.
  8. aboywithgirls Friday - 07 / 03 / 2014 Reply
    I had to make that same choice and I chose the bra. I developed breasts at puberty and was teased earning the nickname "tits". I started by getting my sisters old bras just to try to keep my breasts from hurting. But fast forward to today. ... I actually don't mind going to get fitted at the store. Just when you think you are wearing the perfect bra it's still nice to find one that fits and you like just as much if not more. I currently wear a 38 DD Vanity Fair or Soma with a couple of other brands. I haven't tried a Wacoal yet. I am with Don and have no shame in wearing a bra.
  9. John Friday - 14 / 03 / 2014 Reply
    It is a shame that the world lives under a rock. I was diagnosed with Gynecomastia about a year ago. There needs to be some support groups for men like us. There is a huge amount of emotions that go though one's mind. Let's face it, if you do anything that isn't "Normal" you are a problem to society. I wear bras for their intended purpose. There has been the occasional day that I went out and forgot to put one on, it is so annoying when they move freely. Riding a bus with no bra sucks, every bump you feel it on your chest. For the idiots who wrote on this story, people who are in my shoes didn't ask for breasts, I am a healthy normal weight 6"2 man so it isn't obesity. Mine stem from Risperdal I had to take for 11 years. Wasn't my choice to take meds, being a kid I was forced to go with the flow. I now as an adult have to suffer for the greedy docs who just wanted to sell pills. Mine are more glandular, hence why I have Gynecomastia.
    • Ellisabeth Dale Sunday - 16 / 03 / 2014 Reply
      Thanks, John, for sharing your experience. I agree that there needs to be more education about this issue; many parents don't understand that gynecomastia is a side effect of certain prescription drugs. Have you looked online for forums about men who wear bras? I know that there are many men in your same situation.
      • James Knott Sunday - 01 / 11 / 2015 Reply
        I am taking 3 medications, 2 for high blood pressure and 1 for acid reflux. All are associated with gynecomastia.
    • aboywithgirls Saturday - 26 / 04 / 2014 Reply
      John, I found what you said very interesting because I can relate to so much of it (except the part of leaving the house without a bra) lol. Well I haven't done that for a while. But I also get it. Seems that everyone out the wants men with breasts to compress, bind, cover, or cut them off. It seems that all of these other options will cause pain, damage, and further risks to our health. The only logical solution is to properly support your breasts with a bra. I'm not asking anybody to make a "man" bra. And quite frankly, I don't believe they make a bra for a man with 38E's. I'm very happy with the fit I get from bras already marketed to women. All I am asking is for people not to pass judgment and tell me I shouldn't wear a bras for my breasts. I never intended to grow breasts however now that I have them I will make the best of it and I will care for them and do what's best for my comfort and health.
  10. John Wednesday - 19 / 03 / 2014 Reply
    Hi Elisabeth, I have written plenty of forum posts covering all sorts of topics. Maybe you could take a look at some of them and use my information for future articles? I would like to become an advocate for Gynecomastia education and awareness. There are too much wrong information being spewed. I have read your newest article "Advice for guys who wear bras" and found it to be a step in the right direction. It even gave me the courage to go and get a bra fitting. Which I am a 36C according to the fitter I went to. Too many advice columns advocate surgery and compression garments. They never want men to just live with it. I made the decision to only remove my breasts if I end up with cancer. They are a part of me and I don't see anything wrong with them. I used to wear a sports bra for 10+ Hours a day. I used to come home with rashes and irritated nipples. I finally decided a few weeks ago to don a regular T-Shirt bra and feel much more comfortable. However, now I am worried about how much bigger my breast look and the outline of the bra from the back. Out of shame, I am wearing a sweater jacket to cover myself so people don't know I am wearing a bra. I just want to be left alone and comfortable. I want to live in a world where a man wearing a bra to support his breast can be viewed as a normal part of life. People need to understand that there is nothing wrong with a man looking towards a bra for the function they provide. It is amazing how people assume that guys wearing bras are doing so for "gay or transsexual" reasons. Just remember when you Assume, "You make an ASS out of yoU and ME". I love your perspective on this very touchy subject. The sad truth is more and more men will encounter this issue. I wouldn't be surprised if Bra companies started making lines for men. I would like to offer any information to you, just email me. I am not a writer by profession, however when you live with something every day, you get passionate about it.
    • Aly Thursday - 03 / 04 / 2014 Reply
      Hi John! What is your e-mail address? I know a young man (27 years old) who is suffering from gynecomastia and is dealing with a lot of the same problems that you describe. I was actually reading this article to look for something that could help him. I would love to give him your e-mail address so he can get in contact with you if he wants to talk. :)
    • aboywithgirls Wednesday - 23 / 04 / 2014 Reply
      John, I can relate to every word you have written. I'm a 40 year old man with breasts. I wear a 38E bra. I have also worn the sports bras and I'm now wearing traditional bras. My breasts are definitely what you would consider feminine in size and shape. For the most part, I can find bras that fit my shape without to much trouble at a lingerie boutique. Most department stores only go to DD. But I have no problem having and taking care of my breasts. I do not wish to be rid of them. They are gifts and unless my life is threatened by cancer, I will continue to dress them with a good bra that suits my days activities just as any woman does.
    • Elisabeth Dale (@TheBreastLife) Friday - 09 / 05 / 2014 Reply
      Hi John. Could you email me at e (at) thebreastlife (dot) com? I'd love to talk to you about this issue and will take a look at your forum posts. Thank you.
    • DDtop Tuesday - 25 / 11 / 2014 Reply
      Hi just read this post and in the same ball park or what they call it as you. but don't think it's so much they need to make one's for us so to speak as females have the same problems with fit just like us but i'd say more size in ranges and maybe better styles/types as ive found some that fit fantastic from sports bra's that are very discrete to high end stylish bra's like empreinte which fit perfectly. but it's also education that is needed like Robert above a dinosaur but it's quite funny with those people that squalk about people and illnesses etc as once they have a problem you'd think war had broke out with amount of noise they make!
  11. aboywithgirls Saturday - 26 / 04 / 2014 Reply
    I would also like to add to the men out there with breasts, you need to take care of them just like any health conscious woman would. If you're like me and you've decided your breasts, you have to do more than just find a good fitting bra. Make certain that when you have your annual physical you tell your concerns about breaststroke cancer and you want a FULL breaststroke examination. There are too many physicians who will treat your breasts like the elephant in the room that nobody will talk about. So remember, these breasts are your breasts and nobody cares more about them than you.
  12. Jason b Wednesday - 07 / 05 / 2014 Reply
    Im a 38c and a regular bra for me is very comfortable depending on the brand, I don't really fancy sports bras to much. I only wear one around the house, I don't really go out much in public with one unless I have a jacket on, which is not to often do to hot climate. Im very insecure about people seeing my straps, I wish I can wear one at work. I line of work is yard service and my chest gets really sore from the ridding mower. Im thinking about telling my coworker that I want to wear a bra at work, just so he doesn't trip when he sees the out lines. What do you guys think how I should mention it to him??
    • Elisabeth Dale (@TheBreastLife) Friday - 09 / 05 / 2014 Reply
      Hi Jason. You could try wearing a thin, sleeveless undershirt over your bra to help with hiding straps. I don't think you need to tell a co-worker anything about your underwear habits. But that's just my opinion.
    • DDtop Tuesday - 25 / 11 / 2014 Reply
      Hi have a look at the Glamorise 1166 sports bra very discrete and comfortable so don't show under T shirts unless very sheer and keeps you cool as good fabric ive been wearing for a while now have 4 levels of support on the front cover so holds you in nicely. One thing if your nipples get sore it can make your prolactin get high which in turn will cause them to become more sensitive along with causing testicle problems so an even better reason to say if asked. Just say have a hormone problem from meds etc could even direct him to website?
  13. aboywithgirls Saturday - 10 / 05 / 2014 Reply
    Jason, it sounds like you've accepted the fact that you have breasts. I have also. I'm a little further along with my breast development. I currently wear a 38E bra. I can't go braless. I resolved a long time ago that in order to be comfortable, I will wear a bra to support the girls. Like yourself, I started with sports bras but soon realized that a traditional underwire bra is what I need to get through the day to be comfortable. If you want to be truly comfortable, go get professionally fitted at a reputable lingerie store. These ladies are usually very professional and curtious. You find that you're not the first guy in need of support. It's best to call ahead and ask, get the name of who you speak with and make an appointment. It's usually best for both parties to schedule you in during slower business hours. This allows them to take the time needed to fit you without being rushed and reducing any awkwardness that may occur with female customers getting fitted in the next room. As for your friend, just wear it and tell him that you have to. Just explain the pain you experience and your doctor recommended it. Bras are for breasts, so if the bra fits, wear it!
  14. Hal 49 Monday - 25 / 08 / 2014 Reply
    Seeing a change in your personal appearance can be a difficult experience especially if it happens suddenly or over a short period of time. I was taking medication that unknown to me had a side effect of possible breast growth in males. By the time I began to research, I had definite small mounds around each of my nipples and I could feel extra tissue under the skin in both areas. I wondered if I was beginning gynecomastia but felt embarrassed talking about it with anybody except my wife. She was very understanding. I began to come to terms with it and realize that having a more feminine breast than male chest was not a problem for me. But it was still hard to find good information from doctors. Most online Drs seem to be only interested in "curing" by surgical removal. But my nipples were no longer the only sign, because I was obviously growing breasts. I was quite happy to be experiencing this. Now a couple years later, there is a definite feminine shape and I mostly need to wear a bra to enhance the shape that I have come to accept as mine and to give me a little comfort when nipples rub against shirts. It's changed the way I look at clothing, too. If I'm to be at least partly feminine and to be known as a man with boobs, why should I not be able to feel more free about things that look nice? That doesn't stop at wearing a bra that is lacy, but now also underwear ... how could I have gone so long wearing boxers and regular guy's underwear and missed out on all those super-comfortable panties? I can buy three pairs for the price of one tightie whitey, too! I feel more happy within myself, and my wife tells me our relationship has never been better. I am still taking the medication and it's most likely going to last the rest of my life. And it's changed the way I live my life, too. "Never be afraid of change, especially if it involves changing your mind".
    • Elisabeth Dale Friday - 24 / 07 / 2015 Reply
      Hi, Hal. I think it's great that you enjoy your new shape and have not only come to accept it but embrace the change. Best, e.
  15. Bill 70 Monday - 29 / 09 / 2014 Reply
    Well in four years since I began to notice my breasts have gone from a week A (over weight) to a good C (they fit snuggle into one of my wife' bras - 2 years ago when I started to measure my breast there was lots of cloth in the cups...not now). Several of the medicines for diabetes increase breast development. One doctor two years ago did a Testosterone vs Estrogen. My reading were reversed for a male low Testosterone (below the min) and Estrogen higher than where male readings should fact he said my Estrogen readings where equal of a 14 to 16 year old girl causing gynecomastia. He started Testosterone injections once a week. After a month he had to switch me to a cream because of cost. He gave me a subscription for a year. I faithfully applied the cream. My breasts continued to grow, I was a nice B Cup according to my wife. Did some research and found out that a guy with hormonal imbalance, the Testosterone converts to Estrogen thus increasing my breast development. So a year of the T cream added almost a small C cup. Accepting my breasts I decided to make them fuller and more famine. Tried several things like Fenugreek and Red Clover - some minor changes. Then I came across Pueraria Mirifica - What a difference I am now a full C cup - no lose cloth when I put my wife's C Cup bra on - the cups are fully filled with my breasts. I like them period, they are mine. My wife says when they jiggle under my shirt (another cup) then she will help me with a fitting for the proper size bra. I have come to embrace my breast as part of me - liposuction is not my cup of tea maybe if I were 30.
  16. Tom Sunday - 05 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    There are thousands of guys who "have" to wear bras. They have breasts just like women have. And, oh yes, they get breast cancer, too! So why wouldn't men wear bras if they have breasts larger than an A cup? Until society understands that a bra is not just a female only garment, most men will continue to hide the fact that they are wearing one. I think it will be just a matter of time before the public mindset changes and we start seeing bras in the men's department being marketed.
  17. D B Web Sunday - 05 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    This is a good topic for discussion as many men like myself, have grown breast and are embarrassed or simply try to ignore what has to be done to live comfortably with their new body condition. Years ago, I was told that due to my bad leg veins, I had to wear support hose to avoid serious blood clots. Guess what, I have worn support panty hose for more than 30 years now and do not feel comfortable with out them. Over last 8 or so years, (64 now) my breast started to grow- had all the tests done and found that my hormones were changing, but most important, the meds I have to take for prostrate problems, probably have a big part in this accelerated growth. My kids always used to tease me about my moobs, but now they have developed into real boobs, as I comfortably fit a 46C--Yes I am speaking about a bra. Several years ago when doing my annual physical, I asked my doc what her thoughts were about this breast development, and she said, unless you want them surgically removed with no guarantee they will not come back, you must take care of them, no different than the other 50% of our society. And so I do, by wearing a properly supporting bra. The point again, when you body presents you with a physical need for something, no mater if it seems not to fit the mold of what you feel is norm, you must take care of that need. In the end, it is not what others think, it is what is best for you to continue a healthy lifestyle. D B Web
    • Elisabeth Dale Tuesday - 14 / 10 / 2014 Reply
      Thanks, DB, for your comment. Couldn't agree with you more that it's important to take care of your own body in whatever way works best for you!
      • Henry Klassen Tuesday - 25 / 08 / 2015 Reply
        Hi Elizabeth I'm 35 years old and I have 46 D but I'm worried about anybody will notice my bra and being bugged about them do you have any suggestions .
  18. John Tuesday - 07 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    I too have boobs, I'm a man with 45, no meds, healthy, no overweight, but wear a 36C-D bra. It started in puberty, and a few years ago they started to grow. I used some uncomfortable sports bras first, then tried on some "real" underwired bras, they fit much better, underwires are great when they fit right. I used some years to find out what a good fitting bra is, now I know better then my wife :-) She is not very supportive, as soon as I buy a new one with a little color on it or even slightly padded she gets angry, she believes I am a hidden Transsexual and want to slowly change to a woman. Well, I often tried to confince her of the opposite, I feel like a man, but have boobs to hold. So I only wear wireless bras now, mostly in brown or black. In fact, it is unimportant how they look, as long as they are comfortable. I would like to wear nicer ones though, but that would make too much stress with my wife. Its about time that the world is accepting that men also have boobs, and some need to wear a bra. Besides of that, some men just like to wear a bra, or even shiny underwear, soft, silky, fancy. There is so much nice underwear out there. I wonder why this is all just exclusively for women, as there are many many men who would love to wear such parts too. But that is another thing to discuss, the industry seems to have a contract to never ever make a mens underpant out of the soft cloth normally used in womens panties. Do not misunderstand me, I do not like to wear womens panties, as the normally do not fit me, but I would love to have my underwear made of the same supersoft fabrics, in the same great shiny colors, seamless state of the art manufactured. And not always dull black, white, darkbrown, cotton. Bah..
  19. Justa40c Wednesday - 08 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    I noticed that I stopped flying up and down stairs like I used to, started hugging my laptop to my chest to keep my chest from bouncing, it was subtle, but my chest made slow down without realizing it. I noticed that my rather thick laptop fit under my breast and my breast was thicker. I started looking at compression garments but they just didn't help. By the time I got home from my 1.5 hour each way commute, my chest hurt so bad I was nearly in tears. I was driving holding up my left breast (it hurt the most), it was almost immediate relief. I finally gave in and bought a sports bra. It helped sooo much. It still took me a while before I could talk to my wife about, but as she didn't like it, she understood. I finally got tired of being mashed all day long in a sports bra so I finally got brave enough to buy a "real" bra. I didn't know anything about getting fitted, I just experimented with sizes till I got it right. I finally did get fitted at Soma and I was right on size as a 40C. I keep towards blacks (as I normally wear darker colors) or dark fashion colors (they are more often on clearance). I wear patterned shirts to keep the band and straps from being noticed, but being a 40C, it is plenty obvious I have more upstairs than the rest of the guys in the office. I have lost some weight, but my size hasn't changed hardly at all, if anything, nearly got me into a 38D! I keep to minimizer bras mainly, or full coverage bras. I like Soma, Lilyette, Olga and Chantelle bras best, Playtex seems to have odd shaped cups, not my best fit. I wish it was more socially acceptable, but likely won't be for a few generations. And with the way hormones are in everything and overweight issues with the terrible fast food diet our society is burdened with, it will be a long time before it gets better. Thanks so much Elizabeth, It is a tough subject for men to deal with and their wives to handle and understand.
  20. Bob Thursday - 09 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    I myself have large breasts for a male...pretty much since around 13, I am now 37. Got teased a lot in school, especially in physical education class. Anyways I always size up on shirts to help conceal. But I am getting tired of that. XXL shirts make me look bad. But if I go XL my breasts are quite noticeable. I have often considered getting a bra. I'd really like to get a professional fitting, but that idea is terrifying. Even if I did, I wouldn't know where to do it. I have measured myself according to the directions I have read online. With a soft measuring tape, I measured myself to be a 44b. However selections in that size are minimal. I just wanna support what I have, not add bulk. And my right breast is slightly smaller than the left and I am not sure how that would impact the fit. Do places like Walmart, Target, Kohl's, or JC Penney allow males to try bras on? I don't wanna look like a creeper in the lingerie department.
    • Elisabeth Dale Friday - 10 / 10 / 2014 Reply
      Hi Bob. Walmart and Target don't have any fitters so you're on your own. Some men have reported good experiences by calling ahead to small lingerie boutiques for fittings, or places like Soma. But if they don't carry your size, it might not be worthwhile. You should try an online lingerie website and order several to see what fits you best (just check return policies). Here's a search I did at Bigger Bras for 44b and there seem to be quite a few options, plus ratings that give you an idea of how the bras fit. Let me know if this helps.
      • Bob Monday - 13 / 10 / 2014 Reply
        Thanks for your response Elisabeth! Definitely a lot of options on Bigger Bras. Just wish they weren't so expensive! With the high cost of bras I feel its important to be able to try them on. Most clothes I order online I end up having to send back. I am just a weird fit. I know Walmart and Target don't have fitters but I was more concerned with if they would refuse me from trying bras on. The Walmart stores around here have older ladies man the fitting rooms and it would probably be uncomfortable for all parties involved. And I was reading about bra sister sizes? How effective do you think that approach would be?
        • Elisabeth Dale Tuesday - 14 / 10 / 2014 Reply
          Sister sizes refer to same cup volume on different sized bra bands. If you can wear a 44B on one of the inner hooks, than you could try a 42C or a 46A (although likely you'll probably find less available in those larger band sizes). Another option would be to go for a smaller band but use bra band extenders (which you can find on my website in my store). You might also look at Bare Necessities as they have free returns (which makes trying them on at home easier -- although you do have to hassle with repacking the bras). I'm not sure Walmart would allow a man in the women's dressing rooms; but I do wonder whether you could take bras into the men's dressing rooms? Have you been to the gynecomastia forum pages to talk to other men? Regarding the expense, once you find a bra styles or brand that fits you best, you can often find them on sale online. You can also search eBay or Bratabase for slightly used bras as well. Hope this helps!
        • James Knott Saturday - 07 / 11 / 2015 Reply
          "Just wish they weren't so expensive!" There's an old saying about getting what you pay for. A good bra, from a good shop may work out cheaper in the long run. I find stuff at Walmart tends to be cheap junk that you'll soon be replacing. However I have never bought a bra from them.
    • James Knott Saturday - 07 / 11 / 2015 Reply
      " I have often considered getting a bra. I'd really like to get a professional fitting, but that idea is terrifying." No need for it to be terrifying. I just had my first fitting a couple of weeks ago and no problems at all. I got the bra I wanted and it fits fine, far better than I could have done on my own. Just find a good shop with fitters. They've likely served men before. Here's a link about men in the store where I went: I really had no idea about buying or wearing a bra before talking to them. Also, a bra specialty shop, such as the one I went to will likely have a much greater selection than other stores, so you're better able to get the proper bra for your needs.
  21. Centaur71 Friday - 10 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    I couldn't agree more; Having a 40E cup bust myself, I comprehend this stigma all too well. A brassiere was designed to support breasts; who cares if it's the boobs of a Man or a Woman? You all have MY understanding!
  22. Gene Brandley Jr Sunday - 12 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    Three years ago, I was playing volleyball and I had severe breast pain I was taking blood pressure medicine at that time and I still take that medicine. My breasts were swelling for three weeks and I went to my doctor and he said I pulled upper chest muscles didn't consider the blood pressure medicine at all! I have grow to 36 dd breasts with breast pain and I have to wear a bra everyday. I'm a male 47 and this happen at 44. I got fitted at Victorias secret and I'm so happy to get the support of a bra and a sports bra for playing volleyball I have to wear a bra to sleep which I don't like I just have to do it. Pushup bras give me the best support for me. Guys if you're in pain get fitted for a bra you won't regret it. I shop at Victorias secret and the store staff let me try on bras in their fitting room. Moving comfort, vs vsx sports bras and shock absorber bras are incredible support for men if this helps you to decide what to wear for sports bras. I wear a bra everyday and I'm not ashamed to wear one everyday. Sometimes you need to ask for help on breast growth that you can't control. Take care of yourself! Gene Brandley Jr Philadelphia, PA
    • Elisabeth Dale Tuesday - 14 / 10 / 2014 Reply
      Hi Gene. Thanks for sharing your experience. Good to know that VS doesn't have a problem with fitting men. They do have a limited number of size options, though, so if you are larger than a DD you might need to shop somewhere else.
      • aboywithgirls Sunday - 30 / 11 / 2014 Reply
        Elizabeth, I recently had that issue at VS. In Dallas I went looking for a new bra at VS. I have a couple of the Body by Victoria bras. I have one in a demi and a full coverage. Both are very comfortable. The only downside that I have found is they classify them as "lightly lined". They are more "lightly padded". I try not to add to my bustline as I already wear a 38DDD. It was unfortunate, the only bras that they carry in store in the DDD cup is their body by Victoria line.
  23. Aboywithgirls Tuesday - 14 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    I have been wearing bras since I hit puberty over 25 years ago. I have had fitters help me at Victoria Secret, and other smaller boutiques. I wear a 38F (38DDD) after recently. I can't go out of the house without a bra on. I have no embarrassment what so ever in going bra shopping. I have the breasts to fill my bras. Recently at a boutique in NH, the fitter had me try on a sheer cup underwire. I think she was seeing if the "girls " were real. When she came in to adjust the straps, I could see the surprise in her eyes when she saw that they were real. She was so helpful after that. She saw that I really needed a bra and made certain that I had a perfect fit.
  24. bill Tuesday - 14 / 10 / 2014 Reply
    i have had breast for many years and after 2 years of pain and growth my doc agreed with me to get a bra and start wearing it he said he would never have them removed now i am a 44DDD F/G .i shop at several places including wallmart and have never been refused to use the dressing room to try on a bra ,the sales girls and ladies have been very helpful .i wrote the Wall mart pres. a letter telling him how pleased i was with the help of one lady at a store and said she should be commended never expecting it to get back to her 3 weeks later i was in the store and she gave me a big hug as we talked and said her store manager read the letter in a store meeting and commended her ,so you never know until you try ,now she watches for bras in my size that she thinks i will like ,hopefuly i have made it easier for males in other stores to try on a bra, be adult and courteous and ask
  25. Roy French Wednesday - 05 / 11 / 2014 Reply
    I am 67 had my prostate removed since then my breasts have startred to grow I am more than happy,and I am looking forward to buying a bra, I am wishing my nice new breasts will grow to a good size, I see nothing wrong with men having breasts. That is me and my view .
  26. Gene Wednesday - 05 / 11 / 2014 Reply
    I wear a sports bra everytime I work out to protect my 38C breasts. It hurts for days afterwards if I don't. I'm 5'7", 168 lbs and not fat. Im 55 and have had gynecomastia for about 5 years most likely from taking blood pressure medicine.
  27. Joanna Sunday - 23 / 11 / 2014 Reply
    Hello I am a transsexual female. I have 36dd breasts that need the support of a nice bra. I am not ashamed of the fact that I have breasts. I am actually flattered when someone comments on my breast size. I am looking for the day when I can get the surgery.
  28. DDtop Tuesday - 25 / 11 / 2014 Reply
    Hi ive had Gyno from when was young 13ish back then they looked very female but as got older and did gym/sports and worked like a mule my shoulders broadened (2 foot+ across) with a deep chest had big lung cap from sports but they was still there but more wider i'd say but after getting ill from pushing it too far and ended up with Raynauds/Fibro so get pain problems and with meds for that like Nifedepine and Amytrylpline both are on the gyno list they found my T was very low i'm sure from the amy as screws your metabolism up as put on weight have a mate that's taken and he has low T also. I have low BP and slow heart rate and they was giving problems with things like palpitations so stopped them all before had H attack? but noticed my front was changing or felt it too was also getting leakage/dry bits on nipples so looked at options and went with a bra which made them a lot more comfortable in the mean time i had been to Endocrinology which found had hormone imbalance FSA was on the floor high prolactin 600+ and T lowish but changing along with other things not right plus a pit tumor to add to the mix! but there not sure yet on how to go about it as trying to find a working level then say can give me T injections etc but they give you another set of problems! Found a working size for me in 46D/44DD in most brands of bra's some have to vary up and down back and cup but on the whole found ok have quite a few now and helped some others left reviews on bra's try to be very constructive giving details and little about me so people under stand and hopefully someone else or someone they know in this position will find help full? Elisabeth's web blog is great and pointed many inc shops to it. Ive found some great sports bra's like the Glamorise 1166(very discrete)Elomi EL8040 very good and comfortable as can wear all day the only thing with Elomi one is it pushes you up/out but such a joy to wear and as cold wear under tops so don't notice so much and the cold does go right through me once got cold which triggers problems! Also have the Elomi Asia EL3913(plain is 3911)love this as smooth very comfortable can wear under most things and for the weight of it you won't believe the amount of support and security it gives just feels so snug and the straps are good which is one area we have more problems with way our shoulders are but woman have problems too with straps so not alone! But also have some more i guess nicer types like the Betties/Madison/Caitlyn's etc plus some Empreinte/Anita/Rosa Faia's etc can wear for maybe going out etc or feel like a change? Found the Eveden ranges fit ok for me. But wearing a bra is no different to wear trousers/shoes/shirts etc just an item of dress? And for medical needs no different to Glasses/brace/false teeth/eye/hearing aid/Calipers/wigs/hair pieces/etc etc or even Incontinence pads/Catheters/colostomy bag it's a problem let's deal with it and get round it simple and think the problem is with the other person viewing you or how you see yourself to them and most bra's don't really notice if you saw from other side with clothes over them! But we both have breasts just that some have more some have less big or small all breasts and all need care/looking after. The trouble with the meds side that it isn't apparent for quite sometime that you will have a problem like Gyno till could be 6 months plus that it starts or longer even think of it like someone transitioning MtF have a read up on that and will give you some idea as when they start there meds it won't be for quite a while before things happen then even after stopping it will keep on having an effect as it's in your system bit like a super tanker takes while to move and even longer to stop! As even after ive been off them for long while they are still changing shape/increasing. But as had so long part of me and get on with life and like some have said just have a root through drawer and decide which bra to wear today or for what purpose so no different to sorting a shirt or trousers and i'm sure if you went to a business meeting with a pair of yellow protective trousers on they'd soon have something to say! But think eventually or hope so? that many will see you wearing a bra no different to a woman as becoming so wide spread now maybe with the apparent problems also if not looked after and won't get much notice unless wearing something bright under say a white shirt? But one thing i can't believe is that no brands/makers/designers haven't jumped on this and pushed it as it's a massive market for them as just think of the amount of males in the world almost double your sales! as just think i have around 50 bra's now that's 50 bra's more than they would have sold if i wasn't me and mine arn't cheap store types there all main brands like your Elomi's/Goddess/Fantasie/Glamorise/Playtex/Triumph/Anita/Prima Donna/Empreinte/Royce etc etc Admittedly i have got some in deals or used on flea bay but even at £10 each say rounded up figure thats still £500 and i'm sure many females never spend that much
  29. Ed Thursday - 05 / 02 / 2015 Reply
    I have Gyno I am 60 and take blood thinners and blood pressure medicine. My breasts have grown to a 40C. My back hurts sometime but my nipples hurt from rubbing on my shirt all the time. I went from weighing 260 down to 203 and my breasts have grown more. They now have the shape of a woman's breast. Will a bra help me with my sore nipples as they have grown too. I do not want surgery but I wonder how much they will grow. I have never worn a bra but I think I might have too . It is comforting to read the advice here. My doctor said as my estrogen levels are high I will have more female emotions. Any advice on that as testosterone is not a option. Does not mix with my meds. Thank you everybody on here.
    • Elisabeth Dale Friday - 24 / 07 / 2015 Reply
      Hi, Ed. Wearing something (like a bra) will help with chafing and irritation of the nipples. You might start out with a sports bra (compression/encapsulation style) and see how it feels. Most women find any breast pain eliminated when they wear a well-fitting bra.
  30. drewsom Thursday - 02 / 04 / 2015 Reply
    Hi I'm 46 and still very active sporting wise . I'm not obese . I have large breasts caused by taking life saving medications since the age of 3 . Playing sport is causing breast soreness . So much so my wife keeps cabbage leafs on hand in the fridge . I have looked into surgery and the risks are to great for my liking . So what do I do . My wife got me to try a bra and it stopped the bouncing around which stopped the soreness. But I'm a guy . Do I wear what is socially unacceptable for comfort . Do I put up and shut up . Do I take the risk of surgery which may cause problems later . I think people need to see a bra for what it really is. A garment that has a job. The fact that it is seen as a sex tool is probably the reason why I'm finding it hard to make choice . To make things worse I accompanied my wife to her breast check as she has pink in her family . The doctor not only found lumps in my wife's breast but some in mine .Dear god I hope she is fine, We are now both going for a mammogram . These girls are scary things to have. So I may have the choice made for me yet . Guys something I did not know . 109 men where diagnosed last year here in oz with breast cancer . There would probably be a lot more if the risks for men were advertised. Yes its rare for men . Out of that 109 , 27 passed away. This tells me that breast care is a must in males as well . Do I have these lumps now because society told me it was wrong for men to wear Bra's . Think about it
  31. mike Tuesday - 21 / 04 / 2015 Reply
    I developed breasts when I was teen due to some medicine side effects and had been facing embarrassment and uncomfort since but when I was 21 I got a gf she made me feel good n she liked my breasts and due to which my thoughts change I am an Indian guy and here we can't wear bra and all it's not easy and well I had breakup with my gf caz she was not loyal but because of her I could accept myself as I was for many years I felt ashamed now m cool n now m in a habit of discomfort that I have to bear caz of my breasts.But still things are very good bow than before
  32. garry Friday - 08 / 05 / 2015 Reply
    I developed breasts when in middle school and have worn bras for over 40 yrs. It was very hard in the years of my youth to have to answer the question what size bra do you wear but at that time it was a 36B now it is a 38DD and I have learned not to care what closed minded people think.
  33. Grant Tuesday - 12 / 05 / 2015 Reply
    Hi, I am a 65 year old male that has started to grow breasts due to medication that I am on. At the moment or when last checked by my Doctor several weeks ago she told me I was a 26A (Australian sizing) but on my way to a B cup. Hardest part is the constant ache deep in the breast tissue and trying to hide the always prominent nipples. I suppose you could say that at the moment I understand what my daughter went through during puberty. I am still at the hiding and denying them stage.
    • Elisabeth Dale Friday - 24 / 07 / 2015 Reply
      Hi, Grant. If you are bothered by prominent nipples, you can try wearing self-stick nipple shields ("petals" or "covers") to keep them hidden. Hope that helps!
      • Grant Jones Tuesday - 13 / 10 / 2015 Reply
        Thanks for the idea Elizabeth every bit of advice helps, and the denial bit does not help at all just might have to let the cat out of the bag so to speak. i am slowly getting used to being a male with boobs
  34. Ron Thursday - 23 / 07 / 2015 Reply
    I am now 55 years old and have to deal with gyno since my senior year in high school. I initially spent time in denial, but resorted to wearing compression shirts to hide what was growing on my chest. Through college, I had put on some weight which made my breast grow somewhat more, but also tended to hide their prominence. Two years ago, I followed my physicians directive to get serious about my diet and took off 60 pounds. He told me that losing the weight would resolve my large breast issue. I shed the weight, but the diet made my breasts grow more. My nipples got larger, i felt lumps directly under them and I experienced occassional milky discharge. A nutritionist that I subsequently consulted with told me that the diet regiment I followed increased my estrogen level. While I was glad that I took inches off of my stomach and waist, my bustline is all the more apparent. I have been able to buy smaller shirts, but my bust sure does show. With a size 36C chest now, I fund that I need to be wearing a bra most of the time to prevent the bouncing, nipple discomfort and back pain. Of course, wearing the bra makes my breasts stand out all the more and I notice that I get a lot of stares. I typically wear a large oversixed t-shirt at the pool with nothing else on underneath. I seldom get looks there. I just still feel very embarassed to go out in public wearing a bra. But, I have little or no choice. I try to realize that the bra is merely a medical support device, just like a knee brace or some other brace. But, the people staring at me make me feel as if I am some freak or cross dresser. Any suggestions for me to not be so ashamed / afraid?
    • Blaine Monday - 16 / 01 / 2017 Reply
      "Cut the cups" Ok Ron, try cutting the cups out of a bra you have to spare. Keep the straps attached. Result, support where you need it and less profile for people to notice.
  35. Elisabeth Dale Friday - 24 / 07 / 2015 Reply
    Hi, Ron. If wearing a bra bothers you, you might try wearing a binder. That will compression the tissue and make them less breast-like in appearance. You can also try wearing shapewear (made for men) over a bra to make it less obvious. There may be other men on this thread who have more suggestions.
  36. Greg Wheeler Friday - 31 / 07 / 2015 Reply
    I just started wearing a bra. The only large A cup bras I can find are Leading lady 50 a cup bras. Obviously I am overweight and at 65 having a hard time losing it. The bras I have keep me from bouncing all over. I like them, they keep the girls from flopping all over. Where else can I find some 50 a cup bras. I don't mind if they are femm or have lace on them. Thanks, Greg
    • Elisabeth Dale Saturday - 08 / 08 / 2015 Reply
      Hi Greg. Have you tried the search engines on Leading Lady, Lane Bryant, or any other online lingerie retailers? You might also shop for a smaller band size (you will need to go up a cup size as you go down a band size, i.e. a 50A volume is equal to a 48B or 46C). You might find more choices in these smaller band sizes; and you can purchase a band extender to lengthen it to a more comfortable fit for your back. Hope that helps!
  37. david Anderson Friday - 07 / 08 / 2015 Reply
    Over a year ago my nipples started to hurt, so I went to my doctor. With test, he told me that I had gynecomastia. and my breast would grow and be in some pain. I accepted the fact that I had to live with this. My wife supports me and understanding about it. My breast as today will swell up, and enlarge as I would have to massage them for the slight discomfort. I'm now wearing a bra for support so they don't jiggle and balance around. This feels better as the weight is lifted off my chest and my nipples feels better and don't hurt so bad. I would like to know how big my breast will grow. I went from a 38a to a 38B in the last year. I'm 66 Years old, and I need to know how to take better care of them. I want to keep them. Thanks David
  38. Elisabeth Dale Saturday - 08 / 08 / 2015 Reply
    Hi David. Do you know what is causing your gynecomastia? Is it a side effect of the medications you are taking? Unfortunately, no one can predict future breast growth.
  39. James Sunday - 20 / 09 / 2015 Reply
    My breast growth started when I began taking 5mg finasteride daily for an enlarged prostate. The growth was slow and they were looking like a typical case of mild gynecomastia. Then I started on estrogen and my breast growth went from slow to fast, and from typical looking small man boobs to 100% female looking breasts with large dark areola and nipples. There's very little sagging and they project practically straight out from my chest. I'm not overweight, 5'10" and 163 lbs, so they're very obvious and impossible to hide, even under loose fitting shirts. I bought a sports bra to wear when I went out in public, but it was too uncomfortable and hot so I quit wearing it. I thought everyone within eyesight of me was staring. But the more I went out without the bra, the more comfortable I got and the less self conscious. I finally realized not everyone was staring at me. The majority didn't even notice. Yes, I get a few looks, and even double takes from people nearby, but it really doesn't bother me now. The people who have seen my breasts or a photo of them, are shocked that they are so "female" looking. They expect to see the usual man boobs. Surgery is not an option due to the cost and the risk due to another medical issue. The growth has slowed, but hasn't stopped yet. It seems that today more men have gynecomastia, and most are devastated. I sympathize with them, but I can say that it's not the end of the world. Believe me, if you saw my breasts and realize I live a normal life with them, you'd probably feel a little better about your own breast growth (and thankful you don't have mine). I've had a couple people I know ask me what size they are. I really couldn't say for sure, as I don't wear a bra. But I have a 37" chest, and taking into account the projection of my breasts, I would guess they're around a C cup. So for anyone reading this who is embarrassed by having boobs, just go out and be yourself, and try not to be so self conscious. The more you think everyone is staring at you, the less natural you are, which will draw more attention than your breast growth will.
  40. Hanna Saturday - 23 / 01 / 2016 Reply
    You all sound like a bunch of old women cackling about your pains and discomfort. I get so tired of the "back pain and being comfortable" bit from guys just to wear a bra. I've had boobs since i was a preteen and they've been as big as a full C but now a days stay at an average to full B in size but seem to be getting bigger again as i age.There is no back pain in something like a C let alone a B that would be that discomforting that you HAD to wear a bra! I choose to wear one at times when driving on long trips for the only reason of them feeling like they are being jerked off my chest every time i hit a big bump in the roadand to keep from driving with one hand across my chest and the other on the steering wheel. Too many of you wanna be sissys way over estimate what you want to call breasts and get a kick out of whining i need to wear a bra...90% of you have no idea what it really feels like to have an honest B cup let alone C or D cup bouncing on your chest 24/7! PS. I'm also a genetic male with boobs ='(
    • ABOYWITHGIRLS Saturday - 16 / 07 / 2016 Reply
      Hanna, I actually do know what it's like to have a set of G cups. My regular size now is a 36G. Yesterday, I was fitted and purchased 2 36G bras and a 34H. I know that I am sort of the exception and not the rule. However, I won't and don't go braless unless I'm in the shower. I just hate the bouncing and the movement not to mention the nipple chaffing and the under boob rash that I get if I don't wear a bra. I do know what having a set of large breasts is like and having a doctor tell me "we need to wait until the growth stops". It started when I was 10 and grew until I was 25 , I had a couple years of stability but I have had another 10 years of steady growth. I really don't mind having breasts or wearing a bra. It's not the worst thing in the world. Women deal with their own breasts on a regular basis. I just happen to deal with the same issues with my breasts.
    • Heather Monday - 12 / 09 / 2016 Reply
      Thank you Hanna! I feel the same way ... i've had boobs since i was a pre teen and didn't get diagnosed with hormone issues until many many years later.I felt like a freak then and hid them until curiosity and a girl put me in a bra! Yes I look good in one but it's not an issue of pain of comfort bs .. lol But like you pointed out Hanna driving is the main time i like to wear one when i'm alone so not to have to hold my chest as it jerks hitting bumps!
  41. Gary Thursday - 07 / 04 / 2016 Reply
    I am in the same boat. I developed some small breasts about 10 years ago but never paid any attention to them. One day I was sitting on the edge of the bed and finally noticed big deal and I got on with my life. However, over the last few years they have become more pronounced and full. I have also been taking a prostate medication for the last few years. Last Spring I was a full 44B, but as of today, and my last measuring myself, I am a 46D. There is very little that I can suppress by squashing, compressing or otherwise disguising them. They cannot be hidden but at the same time I have only been stared at 4 or 5 times. Twice by males and the rest by female with one of the females looking real hard at my looked like envy since she was far smaller than I am. Point is, people really do not see them. We see them in all we do and magnify them beyond their real size. We create a monster that does not really exist. On another forum/blog, there is a gentleman who is a 48H and he gets along just fine. Thanks all and be well, zei gezunt!
  42. Jason Thursday - 29 / 09 / 2016 Reply
    I have a question for those guys that wears bras in public. When I first started wearing bras in public, I would wear a sweater or a jacket. Then in time I would wear a t-shirt. Recently I started wearing tank top in public do to hot weather, and It's quite obvious that I'm wearing a bra, you can see the sides and a lot times my straps are showing. I'm starting to not care what people think. I love the support and comfort that I get from a bra. Dose any body else let there bra exposed?
  43. Blaine Sunday - 15 / 01 / 2017 Reply
    I will start here. 4.5 years ago I was told I have Parkinson's. I started needs to manage the the condition. All was well until abut 2 years ago I felt a physical connection in my nipples and you peck muscles. My chest felt different. Fast forward 2 years and I now have perky 38C boobs. I refer to then as my Chi Chi's to my wife. I am still growing. Oh the doctor won't agree that you can develop blobs from the Parkinson's meds. The web says 2-3 percent of men can. Anyway it's simply. Grand to see so many men with this " road less traveled" condition. Embrace the bra. Look for GenWear in 2017. What's GenWear? Universally designed underwear for men and women
  44. Cathy Friday - 24 / 03 / 2017 Reply
    Serve them right. Maybe these men can now understand how us women feel about being teased for our large breasts.Cathy
  45. Jason Saturday - 08 / 04 / 2017 Reply
    Cathy, I got teased just for having breast!
  46. Spouse of an Asexual Monday - 17 / 04 / 2017 Reply
    I am the spouse of an an asexual woman whom I love very much. We decided early in our relationship that I would take testosterone blocking drugs (and a bit of estrogen) to reduce my sex drive. Things went well for the first couple of years and then I found that being feminized seemed to agree with me. The point it that that medications I have been taking have turned me into a 36B and I have accepted this, My wife is purely asexual but she does seem to fancy me dressed in feminine attire when we are alone together. It is is not the married life I had imagined but it works for us.