Women with Adam's apples?
Originally Published: September 12, 2003 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: August 26, 2011
It is a known fact by most when you mentioned about the fact of male and female adam's apple, but I am probably going to be the first to mention to you that I am female and I do have an obvious adam's apple.
I never had it protruding as a child, but it started appearing when I had turned 14 years of age. Some of my friends noticed my "manly" feature whenever I would raise my chin. I felt unfeminine, but don't think I was a tomboy. I just felt so embarrassed through the years. Until this day, I imagine ideas that will stop it from looking like I was born a male and had recently had a sex change.
Never had I encountered another women who has it like me. Can you tell me what might or might've been my cause? Please answer my question.
The Adam's apple, as explained in Adam's got an apple... Why not Eve?, is nothing more than cartilage and is a characteristic primarily associated with post-pubescent men. Some women do have larger Adam's apples than other women, similar to how some women have facial hair or large feet, also characteristics that are more often associated with men. The aspects of a person's body that are socially recognized markers of gender, such as the Adam's apple, facial or body hair, and breasts, are not determinants of one's sex or gender identity in any medical sense. That is, having some 'masculine' (or feminine) features does not determine whether a person identifies as a man or a woman.
As for the "cause" of your prominent Adam's apple, there may be a cause that a health care provider could determine, or there may not be; what's certain is that any "cause" would need to be determined by a health care provider you see in-person. A pronounced Adam's apple could be the normal result of the hormones your body produced during puberty; or perhaps what you think is an Adam's apple is actually a growth indicative of something else. It sounds as though you are distressed somewhat, and may find it helpful to discuss your concerns with a health care provider. If you are a student at
Even though your Adam's apple may be the harmless result of your hormones, social stereotypes can contribute to the feelings of embarrassment that you write about. Sometimes when an individual looks different from those around her or him, her/his self-confidence can suffer because of embarrassment or social teasing. Talking with someone might help you to recognize and appreciate the emotions you've had while growing up and learn to restore some of your confidence. It is also possible that you are misperceiving or exaggerating to yourself the size of, and whether people truly notice, your larynx cartilage. If you're at
By talking with health care providers and thinking about your feelings you may be able to come to terms with your throat, apple and all. You may also try to think about your predicament by asking yourself some questions, like: What specifically bothers me about my Adam's apple? Have I noticed it interfere with any social interactions? Do I want to appear more feminine than I feel I appear now? If so, what parts of my femininity can I accentuate? And most importantly, what parts of my body do I love and appreciate? Can I allow myself to love my whole body, "flaws" included?As a very last resort, if you cannot learn to be happy with your throat, surgery can reduce the size of an Adam's apple. This procedure is most often used by male-to-female transgender individuals. While the operation is generally safe, it can result in scars and possible changes to the voice. You may also find that insurance companies may not pay for a surgery they label as "cosmetic." You can see why this is a last resort.
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I have a rather protruding windpipe, which kind of looks like I have an Adam's apple. It shows up in photographs and probably looks bigger than it actually is. I am a singer, so...
I have a rather protruding windpipe, which kind of looks like I have an Adam's apple. It shows up in photographs and probably looks bigger than it actually is. I am a singer, so I am very conscious of my throat at all times, but I actually kind of like it!! Weird, I know, but kind of sexy!
September 29, 200520972
In response to any woman who feels weird or different about having an Adam's apple, I just wanted to say you are definitely not alone! I never thought I had a big Adam's apple until I...
In response to any woman who feels weird or different about having an Adam's apple, I just wanted to say you are definitely not alone! I never thought I had a big Adam's apple until I turned 13 or 14 and a few people pointed it out to me. They were not teasing, but they were just interested/surprised. I sometimes feel embarrassed by it, but then I remind myself that I am just being stupid and shallow. It does not make me, or anyone else with Adam's apples less feminine at all. No one else actually cares My friends think it adds character!
I still feel a bit self-conscious, but I would definitely say to anyone who is considering surgery that it isn't worth the risk. All you need is a bit more confidence and to remember that you can still be beautiful and feminine with an Adam's apple!
August 2, 200520939
I read about how women with a large Adam's apple are embarrassed about it; well, don't be. I find that women who have extremely large Adam's apples are extremely gorgeous and I've...
I read about how women with a large Adam's apple are embarrassed about it; well, don't be. I find that women who have extremely large Adam's apples are extremely gorgeous and I've always desired women who have pointed, protruding Adam's apples. I wish I could be with a woman who has an extremely large one as I find them extremely sensuous. So ladies, don't be ashamed as there is nothing wrong with having one and a lot of men love women who do have one.
August 25, 200420782
I can relate to this girl, being a person with a large Adam's apple myself. It's very embarassing to me, too, especially because I live in a small town and all the girls have perfect...
I can relate to this girl, being a person with a large Adam's apple myself. It's very embarassing to me, too, especially because I live in a small town and all the girls have perfect throats. I got made fun of mercilessly during my junior high years and beginning of high school, but what can we do? I personally have always thought the Adam's apple ugly and creepy, so I totally freaked when my enemy noticed when I was 13 and shouted it out in front of everyone. Hang in there, people are cruel, but life goes on.