Male Breast / Gynecomastia: Top 5 Symptoms

Dr. Tashko explains gynecomastia symptoms: breast tenderness, enlarged breasts, nipple changes, breast firmness, and psychological impact. Seek medical advice for proper diagnosis and management.

Introduction – Gynecomastia Care in Montgomery County, Maryland

As a gynecomastia specialist based in Montgomery County, Maryland, my focus lies in offering personalized care for men grappling with breast enlargement and its associated symptoms. I employ a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to address my patients’ unique needs and conditions.

Conveniently located in Rockville, my practice offers virtual and in-person services, extending support to nearby areas such as Chevy Chase, Bethesda, North Bethesda, Potomac, North Potomac, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Frederick, Silver Spring, Northern Virginia, Howard County, Anne Arundel, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, ensuring comprehensive care.

Background

Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by the development of breast tissue in males, often leading to enlarged breasts. While it is not usually a serious medical problem, it can cause distress and self-consciousness. Recognizing its symptoms is key, so consulting an endocrinologist can help address this effectively.

Here Are the Top 5 Symptoms of Gynecomastia to Recognize

  1. Breast Tenderness: One of the initial signs of gynecomastia is tenderness or sensitivity in the breast tissue. Men may notice pain or discomfort around the nipple area, which can sometimes be accompanied by swelling or enlargement.
  1. Enlarged Breasts: The most noticeable symptom is the enlargement of one or both breasts. This can range from a small amount of extra tissue behind the nipple to more pronounced breast development resembling female breasts.
  1. Nipple Changes: Gynecomastia can cause changes in the appearance of the nipples. Men may notice that their nipples become larger or protrude more than usual. In some cases, nipple discharge (not related to breastfeeding) may also occur.
  1. Breast Firmness: The breast tissue affected by gynecomastia may feel firm or rubbery to the touch. This firmness is due to the development of glandular tissue in the breasts.
  1. Psychological Impact: Beyond physical symptoms, gynecomastia can also have psychological effects. Men with this condition may experience feelings of embarrassment, low self-esteem, or anxiety about their appearance.

Gynecomastia can be caused by hormonal changes, certain medications, or underlying health conditions such as low testosterone levels, liver disease or thyroid disorders. It is important to consult an endocrinologist if you experience any of these symptoms to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

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