Will Masturbation in Puberty Increase Gynecomastia?

1'm 15 and i am suffering from gynecomastia due to masturbation will it resolve or not.

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Masturbation does not cause #gynecomastia. Up to 2/3 of boys going through #puberty develop some form of gynecomastia. This form of gynecomastia is due to the surges in #testosterone and #estrogen which often lead to an imbalance of the testosterone:estrogen ratio. Puberty is a difficult time for most boys, with many changes occurring not just physically but also emotionally. 

In up to 75% of boys who develop pubertal gynecomastia, it will disappear without treatment within 2 years. In 90% of boys with pubertal gynecomastia, it will disappear without treatment within 3 years. 

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Will Masturbation in Puberty Increase Gynecomastia?

Hi Tonystark,

Thanks for the post. First of all masturbation does not cause gynecomastia. If it did, every male would have gynecomastia. The most common cause of gynecomastia in your age group is due to hormonal changes as you go through puberty. This is referred to as physiologic gynecomastia and in a large number of teens it goes away after a few years. If your gynecomastia has not gone away after several years and you have no other medical issues that could have caused it, then you could be a candidate for surgery.


Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Masturbation and gynecomastia

There is no causal connection between masturbation and gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can be based on a hormonal imbalance or congenital predisposition. See an endocrinologist for evaluation before seeking a plastic surgical consultation.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Masturbation does not cause gynecomastia

Masturbation does not cause gynecomastia.

There is no connection between the two.

Mordcai Blau, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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