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Factors that leads to male breast enlargement

Gynecomastia may go-away on its own. But if it persists, man boobs surgery or medication may help.

What are the symptoms of male breast enlargement?

  • Breast tenderness
  • Swollen breast glands

When to see a doctor?

  • Nipple discharge
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Medications that leads to male breast enlargement

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Doctors at VITAL Clinic suggest that a number of medications can trigger man breasts enlargement. Some of them include;

  • Androgens and anabolic steroids
  • Anti-androgens used to treat prostate cancer, prostate enlargement, and other prostate-related conditions
  • AIDS medications can also cause breast enlargement in men. HIV-positive men undergoing Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) treatment are prone to developing larger breasts
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Ulcer medications
  • Gastric motility medications
  • Heart medications

Substances that leads to male breast enlargement

Drugs and alcohol are two vital components that trigger breast enlargement in men.

  • Methadone
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Amphetamines
  • Alcohol

Health conditions that can cause male breast enlargement

There are numerous health conditions that can affect the normal balance of the hormones and can cause male breast enlargement.

1. Malnutrition and Starvation: when your body is unable to get adequate nutrition, your estrogen levels remain constant but testosterone levels drop. It causes a hormonal imbalance.

2. Liver failure

3. Kidney failure

4. Hyperthyroidism: the thyroid glands release excess thyroxine

5. Tumors: tumors involving adrenal glands, testes, or pituitary glands can release hormones that can change the male-female hormone imbalance

6. Aging

7. Hypogonadism: it is a condition that hinders the normal testosterone production

Male breast reduction surgery is the permanent solution one should consider. And in case of prevention, there are few factors you can control to mitigate the risk of breast enlargement.

  • Review your medications
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Don’t use illegal drugs