I think I have Gynecomastia, how did I get it?
There can be many causes leading to the development of Gynecomastia. Declining testosterone levels and an increase in the level of subcutaneous fatty tissue seen as a normal part of aging can lead to gynecomastia in older men. Increased fatty tissue in older men leads to increased conversion of androgenic hormones such as testosterone to estrogens.
For younger guys, it is often an increase or imbalance of the hormone estrogen form either steroid abuse or going through puberty that leads to the dreaded man boobs. In young people it is often the hard painful lumps that grow as apposed to just chest fat. This glandular tissue typically grows under the influence of estrogenic hormonal stimulation and can actually be quite painful.
Another common cause of gynecomastia is prescription medications. Any med that alters the delicate balance of your hormones can cause it. For example, Finasteride (used for BPH and hair loss prevention) blocks the formation of DHT. This directly cause an increase of both testosterone and estrogen in your body. And for many men increased chest fat and sometimes development of hard painful lumps soon follows. Spironolactone is another common culprit. This drug is used as a diuretic and a DHT/testosterone blocker for hair loss prevention and even to help trannies transition into females. It’s use often results in advanced breast tissue growth in men.
Disease can also be a factor. Testicular tumors such as Leydig cell tumors or Sertoli cell tumors may lead to gynecomastia. Additional tumors such as adrenocortical tumors, pituitary gland tumors, or bronchogenic carcinoma, can produce hormones that alter the male female hormone balance (estrogen dominance) and cause gynecomastia.
Whatever the age or the cause, gynecomastia frequently presents public and psychological difficulties such as lower ‘self esteem’ or shame for the sufferer. As an example, simple derogatory terms for gynecomastia comprise man boobs and bitch tits. Living with this kind of shame can be quite debilitating for many men with the condition. Support groups do exist which try to assist in stabilizing the ‘self esteem’ of affected men. Search online for groups in your area.
The first step to treatment should be non-surgical. This may involve dietary changes, supplements to reduce estrogen and topical application of DHT. You can learn more about the full treatment protocol here.
To get rid of the gynecomastia, one option is a surgical procedure. In this case, surgical removal of glandular breast tissue may be requires if you have the hard lumps. If you have a lot of chest fat, liposuction is usually administered. Remember, surgical approaches to the treatment of gynecomastia involve almost subcutaneous mastectomy and is a serious operation. Possible complications of surgery may involve breast asymmetry, loss of sensation in the breast, areola necrosis, scars, and deformities. Choose your surgeon very carefully.