Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Gynecomastia

frequently asked questions about gynecomastia

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  • Gynecomastia is often physically visible and may be difficult to hide in some men. The most common symptom is enlargement of the breast area, wherein you have breast tissue that’s greater than 0.5 centimeter (cm) in diameter
  • If you want a short-term temporary approach to getting rid of gynecomastia, wearing compression shirts may be a good approach. These are relatively inexpensive and come without side effects, so many men often opt for them
  • Because of their changing hormones, males who are going through puberty often experience gynecomastia. It develops between ages 10 and 12 years, and most often occurs among boys between ages 13 and 14 years

Q: How do I know if I have gynecomastia?

A: Gynecomastia is often physically visible and may be difficult to hide in some men. The most common symptom is enlargement of the breast area, wherein you have breast tissue that’s greater than 0.5 centimeter (cm) in diameter.1

If you have any sort of breast swelling, it’s a good idea to have a doctor physically check if it’s gynecomastia or another health condition. Your physician will carefully evaluate your breast tissue, abdomen and genitals, and have you undergo blood tests and, possibly, mammograms.2

Q: How do I get rid of gynecomastia naturally?

A: If you want a short-term temporary approach to getting rid of gynecomastia, wearing compression shirts may be a good approach. These are relatively inexpensive and come without side effects, so many men often opt for them. However, if you want to reverse gynecomastia naturally, there are several strategies you can consider, such as:

Doing exercises and focusing on burning fat instead of building muscle.

Moderating your diet to eliminate foods that cause estrogen production while consuming those that help promote testosterone production.

Avoiding medications that may cause gynecomastia as a side effect.

Avoiding plastics, herbicides and pesticides that may contain chemicals that may interfere with your hormone production.

In addition, you can also take supplements that may support your body’s production of testosterone. These include saw palmetto, ashwagandha and astaxanthin (taken with saw palmetto).

Q: How long does gynecomastia among pubescent males last?

A: Because of their changing hormones, males who are going through puberty often experience gynecomastia. It develops between ages 10 and 12 years, and most often occurs among boys between ages 13 and 14 years.

In 20 percent of individuals, the condition can persist even after they turn 17 years old. However, pubescent gynecomastia can usually resolve within six months to two years without the need for any treatment.3

Q: Does gynecomastia go away?

A: There are ways to minimize the appearance of gynecomastia, and it often starts with managing your hormone levels, particularly boosting your testosterone production. Getting enough exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding gynecomastia triggers may potentially diminish the appearance of feminized breasts.

Some men also opt for surgery, aka male breast reduction, as a last-ditch attempt to eliminate gynecomastia. However, take note that this is an invasive procedure that may lead to certain side effects and complications. Discuss your options with your physician and be aware of the potential risks involved.

Q: Does gynecomastia hurt?

A: The main symptom of gynecomastia is having a lump of fatty tissue underneath the nipple. It may prompt breast sensitivity and tenderness as well, and may cause the areola or the dark skin around the nipple to grow in diameter. However, it does not cause any severe pain.

Should you experience intense pain, as well as other alarming symptoms, have your physician take a look immediately. Other warning signs to be wary of include persistent swelling, tenderness and nipple discharge. If any of these occur, you may need more stringent diagnostic tools to rule out other illnesses.

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