For the most part, gynecomastia is a problem that is easy to diagnose, as you can see the effects of male breast growth quite clearly. In fact, if you cannot see the effects yet, there is little need to contact a doctor. Gynecomastia is not a life-threatening or debilitating condition.
How can I be sure I have Gynecomastia?
If you are showing signs of gynecomastia and are sure that your condition is not down to lifestyle and diet issues or due to either current or past use of steroids, then it is worth seeing a doctor to make sure that you are well and not suffering from another condition that is producing the symptoms of gynecomastia.
If you are carrying out your own inspection, then true gynecomastia often presents as a small, rubbery lump under the nipple(s). It can happen on one or both sides and the lump may feel sore. Many people confuse gynecomastia with ordinary fat tissue, especially if a man is very overweight.
Can gynecomastia be treated?
Gynecomastia is normally not treated in puberty but is treatable in adults. If you are overweight and have extra fat tissue under and around the nipple. Getting to a healthy weight is important before considering surgery.
What do I do if I have gynecomastia?
If you do not wish to go down the surgical route, there are a number of options around that can help you whilst you continue to exercise.
Disguising the problem by wearing layers or a thick t-shirt under your normal clothes. Sweatshirts are a good option. Keep a t-shirt on when you swim, wear one with a logo across the chest as this distracts and camouflages the problem.
Keep a healthy weight. Learn about nutrition and exercise to lose weight. As well as general exercise, try weight lifting to develop the muscles in your arms, back, and chest, including your pectoral muscles. This may help balance the shape of your upper body and make the gynecomastia less prominent.
If the problem continues to be a source of stress in your life, talk to someone. Talking about it will probably make you feel a lot better.