What is Gynecomastia? Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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Gynecomastia is a special condition where men develop large breasts which is abnormal. The enlargement is because of fat but due to the breast tissues. Almost 60% of males worldwide have Gynecomastia to some degree. It can either start showing the early age (child) or sometimes later in life. Most of the times, the enlarged breasts don’t show up until the affected person comes to the teenage.

There are several reasons associated with Gynecomastia a.k.a male breasts a.k.a man boobs. Some of them are
  • Metabolic disorders as a side-effect of some medication
  • Low-levels or decrease of testosterone naturally
Gynecomastia should not be considered as pseudogynecomastia or lipomastia, which represents the fat presence in the breast area. In reality, Gynecomastia results from growth of breast tissue.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Either an imbalance in hormone levels i.e., estrogen levels (female hormones) are increased more than the androgen levels (male hormones) results in the condition called ‘Gynecomastia’. In most of the cases like that occurring in normal or growing infant or pubertal boys, Gynecomastia problem will get resolved on its own with time and this special condition is referred to a ‘physiologic gynecomastia’.

Find all the causes of Gynecomastia in Men.

Gynecomastia Symptoms

The primary symptom seen in Gynecomastia affected males is enlarged breasts which will have a rubbery or firm feel. It mostly occurs on both the sides but can be seen only on one side in some rare cases. There will be no pain but tenderness and sensitivity may be experienced.

Gynecomastia Patient Pics
Picture of a Patient with Severe Gynecomastia

How is Gynecomastia Diagnosed?

In most cases, it can be diagnosed by a physical examination of your breasts. However, the doctor will also consider your medical history that includes the medicines or drugs you’ve taken prior to getting male breasts. If there is a suspicion of breast cancer, the doctor may order a mammogram. Additionally, blood tests may be recommended to examine kidney, thyroid/liver functions and for measurement of hormone levels in your blood.

What is the Treatment for Gynecomastia?

In pubertal males, Gynecomastia often disappears within six months on its own and so only observation is preferred over treatment. The physician will recommend stopping any offending medicines or other problems that have caused large breasts. Whereas in other cases, surgical removal is the only possible solution.

It is advised to see your physician immediately after you notice any of the above said symptoms and get appropriate treatment based on your condition.

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