Everything you need to know about low testosterone and male breasts

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Everything you need to know about low testosterone and male breasts

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    Low testosterone levels in men can lead to gynecomastia. It is also known as the development of breasts. Testosterone production in the body occurs on a natural basis. The male physical features, mood, and sex drive are dependent on this hormone. If there is any imbalance then there is an enlargement of the male breast. Fortunately, the condition is treatable, and you need to undergo gynecomastia surgery.

    What happens because of low testosterone?

    Testosterone level decreases with age. Low testosterone level can result in some complications which include:

    • Reduced libido
    • Low sperm count
    • Enlarged male breasts, called gynecomastia
    • Erectile dysfunction (ED)

    What happens because of gynecomastia?

    The male body produces testosterone and estrogen (its amount is low). If the estrogen levels are in excess then the male will develop a larger breast.

    What are the causes of low testosterone and gynecomastia?

    Men with age can have the issue of low testosterone. In many cases, the underlying health condition can result in problems which are mentioned below:

    • Cancer treatment includes chemotherapy and radiation.
    • Accident
    • Testicular cancer
    • Diseases affecting the brain parts such as the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus.

     What are the treatment options?


    There are medications available to treat the condition but these are not approved by the FDA. Make sure to consult the doctor to have a better understanding of what you need to do. One of the best options is surgery which helps in removing the excess fat from the belly. With the liposuction method, the surgeon will take the excess fat from the desired area.

    Another option is mastectomy in which the breast gland tissues are removed. During the surgery, a small incision is made which limits the recovery time. Undergoing the surgery will help you get the results you want.

    Low testosterone

    You need to get treatment for gynecomastia as well as low testosterone. This problem comes with old age, and for that men need testosterone replacement therapy. Some of the treatment options are:

    • Skin gels
    • Patches
    • Injections

    Men who get this therapy will notice results, and some of the conditions in which they see improvement are mentioned below:

    • Energy
    • Sleep
    • Sex drive
    • Erections
    • Muscle mass

    Are there any side effects with the treatment?

    Side effects of testosterone replacement therapy are less. Many who are diagnosed with prostate cancer or breast cancer should not get it done. There is some doubt that it can increase the risk of cardiovascular condition, sleeping issues, and red blood cell production in excess. It is important to understand the risk and benefits of consulting the doctor.


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