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Offline merle

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I am an from Gecko Productions, a documentary company based in the UK. We are currently producing a medical documentary about gynecomastia for one of our national channels, in order to try and increase awareness about this condition.

I would really like to hear from anyone who has experienced gynecomastia, whatever their feelings about the condition - whether they are planning to have surgery, or not.

It would be great to speak to people from the UK - as our documentary will be airing over here, but if anyone is willing to share their experiences, I would love to hear from them. My e-mail address is

ftaylor@geckoproductions.tv

Thank you so much,
Flavia


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They are still looking for men in the UK for this film. Please contact them if you are interested.

Merle

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Without sounding cheeky, what will i have to do and would i get anything for it? Money? Surgery?  ;D

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No money that I am aware of and as for surgery, I doubt it, I am about to post a new email address for contact so I would ask. I know very little more than has been posted. It never hurts to ask.

I am helping so that we can have more conversation about gynecomastia and hopefully reduce the shame of the men with it and prevent it in some of the future guys that will get it.

Merle

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hello, Flavia here
if anyone has any questions regarding this BBC documentary please email me on ftaylor@geckoproductions.tv, or call on 020 7462 4510 and i can explain in more detail what we are trying to achieve.  At this stage, though, i'm really keen to hear from anyone who has gynecomastia, or if you have had or are thinking about surgery.  any correspondance is strictly confidential and not a commitment to appear in a documentary.  I would be really grateful if people would get in touch for research purposes - we want to make a powerful and informative documentary but we need your help!
many thanks
FT

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hello, Flavia here
if anyone has any questions regarding this BBC documentary please email me on ftaylor@geckoproductions.tv, or call on 020 7462 4510 and i can explain in more detail what we are trying to achieve.  At this stage, though, i'm really keen to hear from anyone who has gynecomastia, or if you have had or are thinking about surgery.  any correspondance is strictly confidential and not a commitment to appear in a documentary.  I would be really grateful if people would get in touch for research purposes - we want to make a powerful and informative documentary but we need your help!
many thanks
FT

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never in a million years

Offline NotFedup

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why never in a million years?
id consider it but feel that it wouldnt be a good idea to go public.
not after ive told lotsa white lies to family and friends and employer  ::)
losing my moobs was almost as painless as losing my sanity

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The never in a million years is the reason that it needs to be made. To much shame, to little knowledge.

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I am still looking for men to come forward and chat to me - no obligation to appear in the programme. I am in touch with leading surgeons who can offer advice regarding surgical treatment.  Please do call me - all information is really helpful for this documentary.  best Flavia

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COPY OF E-MAIL SENT TO ftaylor@geckoproductions.tv

Hi,

Re: your documentary about Gynecomastia.

Firstly may I applaud your idea of bringing this condition into the public eye.  I’m sure you will have done your research on this subject and no doubt you will have read some of the posts on the website www.gynecomastia.org so you will have an inkling of the effect that this condition has on males of all ages.  You will be aware of the shame and intense embarrassment that sufferers feel, usually through no fault of their own, which differing circumstances have brought upon them.  It is because of this that the job of finding willing volunteers to appear in such a documentary will probably be a very difficult one.

You will be aware that most sufferers develop this condition around puberty and for a very small percentage it doesn’t go away as they develop into adulthood.  It is also common in older men (60+) as their hormonal balance shifts away from testosterone predominance.  I would hope that you are also aware that it can affect men outside of those age groups (20s through to 50s) for purely medical reasons such as liver disease, various cancers, and side effects of prescription drugs etc.  Gynecomastia in these age groups can often be the first physical sign that something far more sinister may be wrong with their bodies.
I was in my late 40s when I developed pain behind one nipple and later my breasts grew.  Over the course of 3 years of embarrassing and sometimes painful medical investigations the NHS eventually drew a blank.  I recently had surgery to remove them and I feel I have finally got my life back.  The shame and embarrassment during those 3 years was immense.  A few examples are:

•   Sitting in breast clinics waiting to be seen as all the women looked at you (including the nurses) wondering what you were doing there.
•   The red faced nurse who tried to give you a mammogram.
•   The stupid joke of the Registrar who said you wouldn’t have to rely on your wife to breast feed any children.
•   Changing the way you dress (dark colours and baggy clothes) to try to hide your chest.
•   Changing the way you sit and stand (slouching with shoulders hunched) to try to hide your chest.
•   Avoiding people who joke about your chest (strangely enough it was often women who were the worst).
•   Sitting in hospitals as different doctors and medical students prodded and poked the chest (and all other parts of your anatomy) that you couldn’t bear to look at anymore.
•   Hating the summer because you couldn’t take your shirt off or wear summer clothes because they showed the shape of your chest.
•   Fighting the bureaucracy of the NHS trying to find someone who knew enough about male hormones to help you. It’s not a popular specialisation for Endocrinologists in the UK whereas female hormones are well mapped and understood.  I ended up seeing a Harley Street specialist which currently costs me hundreds of pounds for each check up.  Medication has to be added to that figure because my GP refuses to prescribe it.
•   Trying to get surgery on the NHS, but being given the run around as it isn’t a life threatening condition (although it is ruining your life and turning you into a recluse). I ended up spending nearly £4000 to get it done privately.

I could go on, but if you have researched the subject well, you will already be aware of all of these things and many more.  Add to the above examples, the natural anxieties of someone who is undergoing medical tests and examinations for some really nasty diseases, then you will get an idea of how things have been.  During those 3 years only my girlfriend was aware of what was going on in my life.  Hiding it from employers, friends and family became a sad obsession.

I’m afraid I cannot help you by going on camera and describing my experience, but if I can help in any other way, such as names of UK Endocrinologists and Surgeons who specialise in this condition, then please let me know.  I post on the www.gynecomastia.org site as “Time_to_fix_it” so you may be able to get a little more background about my situation from there if you think it might help.

I wish you all the very best in your endeavours and hope you make the documentary.  If you do, please tell the public that this is a medical condition like many others.  They wouldn’t laugh at someone whose hair falls out because of alopecia or someone whose skin goes yellow because of liver disease, so why laugh at men who grow breasts because their hormones have dropped out of balance.

Thank you for listening to ramblings of a 50 year old man who still gets angry at the injustice of it all.

All the very best,
Surgery performed by Mr Levick at The Priory Hospital Bimingham (UK) 20th October 2006

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Well done Time_to_fix_it,

What an excellent, excellent post. This totally sums up the feelings of myself and, I'm sure, every other person that suffers with this condition.

I harmonise with your thoughts on it becoming a sad obsession when trying to hide it from others. I'm sure that this condition has caused my back problems, from my awful posture that I adopt to try to hide it. I'm not exactly a recluse, but it does drive one to act as such at times. It's only when you sit back and really examine your own actions that you realise just how much it effects your life....... EVERY.......SINGLE........DAY.

But..................

I would love to think that a film such as this would help to break down the shame and embarrassment, but I'm not so sure it will. I can picture it now, the day after the film airs, men and women all over the country talking about it in their work places. Then they will be on the look out for guys like us to see it for real, I think there will be a few comments made then. Up until now I can get away with being "that chubby bloke with moobs", now I will become "that bloke with real breasts like I saw on the Tv". I'm not totally convinced it'll be such a good thing that's all.

I hope that should the film be made then I will be proved wrong. I hope that FT is aware that he has a responsibility to make a film that is both sensitive and informative and not just out for shock and gratuitous titillation (sorry, I couldn't really avoid the pun). Basically, if it appears on Channel 5 we're screwed.

Take care guys.

J
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Oooops.

Sorry FT, I just read your post again. Sorry to tar you with the Channel 5 brush  :-[

Your association with the BBC gives me a little more confidence.

Good luck with your quest to get volunteers, it may not be so easy.

J

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Hi J
Thank you for writing in, our documentary will be sensitively handled so awareness is raised about gynecomastia.  We have had a positive response to our posting and I hope that more brave men will come forward to talk to me.
Best
Flavia (female)

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i can only echoe what has been said above.
i set out in april on a quest to get the op on the NHS
but after having amamogram and my knackers messed around with and a biopsy of breast tissue i was told to wear a bra.
So i upped and went to poland and had the surgery for a measly £1500 ish including flights and accomodation.
I have a mirror at the bottom of my stairs and in the morning i come downstairs and look at my chest and smile  :)
im in my late 30's and i wish id had this op 20 years ago and have to say it was a bargain and worth every penny  ;D
Roll on summer :D


 

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