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Gynaecomastia

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By Dr Helen Webberley
MBChB MRCGP MFSRH | GMC no. 3657058

Please note that this service does not aim to replace advice given to you by your own doctor, it is meant to supplement your health knowledge and awareness. It is not ever to be used in the case of a medical emergency.
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About Gynaecomastia

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment used to relieve symptoms of the menopause. It replaces female hormones that are at a lower level as you approach the menopause.

Many women these days are not offered HRT by their GPs, even though it is recommended for all women who have gone through the menopause before the age of 50. It is usually very safe for women up until the age of 60, and often over the age of 60 if they are still having troublesome symptoms. Symptoms of the menopause can cause misery to millions of women (and their partners!) and can be very safely treated with modern HRT.

HRT Video

FAQ

What is gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia is also known as ‘man boobs’. It is (usually) unwanted breast tissue that grows or develops in men. It can be present from puberty, or it can develop later in life.

What causes it?

It has a variety of different causes. It can be genetic or it can be induced later in life. Some men have a hormone imbalance (ask me about tests for this) and for some it may be due to medication, diet or weight gain.

What can be done about it?

Many men are turning to surgery, but there are other things that can be done first. Simply losing weight can help, and addressing any hormonal imbalance between oestrogen and testosterone. Ask me for ways we can do this.

Does medication help?

Treatment for gynaecomastia is not available on the NHS, but there are a number of things that can help. Ask me today and I will email you my simple fact sheet on how treatment can help you.

Who Can't Take HRT?
You may not be able to take HRT if you have:

  • a history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer or womb cancer
  • a history of blood clots
  • a history of heart disease or stroke
  • untreated high blood pressure – your blood pressure will need to be controlled before you can start HRT
  • liver disease
  • abnormal bleeding down below that has not been investigated
Potential Side Effects of HRT
  • fluid retention
  • bloating
  • breast tenderness or swelling
  • headaches
  • indigestion
  • depression
How Can I Get HRT?
Sometimes GPs can be scared to prescribe HRT. If you would like to discuss whether HRT would be suitable for you then contact Dr Webberley and discuss your case in person.

Medication

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Blood Tests

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