Updated: Nov 8, 2022
All humans have bust. But what are the differences between female and male busts?
Female busts are made up of many different parts such as glandular tissue, milk ducts, fat tissue, lobes, nipples, areolae, etc. You can read more up here.
Male busts are different as the male hormone testosterone usually stops busts from developing like a female during puberty. This means that male busts have undeveloped milk ducts and no glandular tissue.
However, male busts can look like female busts and may be referred to as “man boobs”. This condition is called Gynaecomastia where the male busts swell and become larger than normal. This can be caused by an imbalance of hormones testosterone and oestrogen or obesity. Younger and older men tend to have this condition as they produce lesser testosterone as compared to oestrogen at those age.
Female busts are for both functional such as breastfeeding and sexual such as bringing pleasure. Male busts do not have any function.
Breast cancer affects females more and is less common in males. One of the reasons for this is because most breast cancers start in the milk ducts and lobules. As males have undeveloped milk ducts, they have a lower chance of getting breast cancer. Another reason for this is the different level of production and reaction level to the hormone oestrogen. Bust cells in females are highly active and receptive to oestrogen as compared to males.
Both females and males can do bust self-exam to ensure that their busts are healthy. If you do notice any unusual things or feel pain or discomfort, do consult professionals.