When an excess of tissue builds up on the chest of a male causing him to take on the appearance of having breasts, this is gynecomastia, or you would probably know it as man boobs. Man boobs can be caused by two main factors: either there is an underlying hormonal imbalance in the body, or there is simply an excess of fatty tissue around the breast. Either case is absolutely treatable so don’t just dream about getting rid of man boobs – put in the effort and they will go.
Gynecomastia does occur naturally in males at certain times in life, though normally it will go away by itself. Many newborn babies have extra estrogen in their system from their mothers which cause ‘little-man’ boobs to show – these are usually gone in two or three weeks. Gynecomastia can occur again in the hormonal whirlwind that is adolescence and around 33% of teenage boys will see some breast development however these almost-man boobs usually disappear again when normal hormone levels are re-established. For adults gynecomastia is not quite as common and can be a lot harder to eliminate.
Gynecomastia in grown men can have various different reasons for developing. Being obese of overweight is one reason and is actually the simplest do deal with. Everyone doesn’t store fat in the same way in the body, so whilst some overweight men may avoid man boobs because their body distributed fat evenly, other get the appearance of breasts because their body stores fat in concentrated amounts on the upper chest, i.e. man boobs.
Man boobs can also be the result of different medications. Some examples are some kinds of drugs for ulcer treatment, epilepsy drugs, chemotherapy and anti-androgens. Common prescription drugs for depression, anxiety and even some heart medications are also known to have gynecomastia as a side effect. Medications are not the only guilty party.
Man boobs from the use of anabolic steroids is a well known and increasing phenomenon. Men (especially young men) use steroids to get that masculine strong image, but the truth is that in a huge number of cases they end up looking floppy and feminine with budding breasts. Steroids actually work to suppress the body’s natural testosterone levels which means higher estrogen levels than there would normally be, and man boobs are the dreaded result.
Other drugs can also have similar effects on the male chest. Methamphetamines, marijuana and heroin can all lead to man boobs because of their effects on the hormonal balance in your body. Unhappily for a lot of men alcohol, especially beer is a big cause of man boobs. More serious diseases like lung and liver cancer or pituitary cancer can all have gynecomastia as a symptom.
Because man boobs are treatable, there is no reason to feel hopeless about them, you don’t have to live with this condition. Some men find that it clears up on its own, others require surgery, though as this is a drastic measure and an expensive one at that, shouldn’t really be considered as a good option.
If you are using a medication which has man boobs as a side effect then talking to your doctor to get an alternative is essential – this can often be enough to diminish your feminine chest. Steroid related man boobs are a little more difficult to treat, especially if you have been using steroids for some time. If your man boobs have just started to bud, or they are showing up as sensitive areas near the nipple you can begin by firstly stopping the steroids, some suggest also taking an estrogen blocker. Bodybuilders will often have estrogen blockers around just in case the need arises. Man boobs that are caused by steroids can actually turn into permanent tissue if left untreated for a long time, the only real cure for which is a mamoplasty.
Getting rid of man boobs is not an overnight job, but it is absolutely possible. Look into the causes of your man boobs then find the appropriate natural treatment, and there are many natural and non-invasive ways to treat your man boobs so feeling hopeless is not an option!