Perfectly shaped breasts accentuate a woman’s form, and may even make her more eye catching to guys. However, the same could not be said when men have it. This is why the struggle with man boobs could break a man’s confidence.
Man boobs is medically known as gynecomastia, or gyno. This condition is caused by an imbalance of hormones estrogen and testosterone which caused the swelling of the breast tissue. As a result it creates an appearance similar to that of female breasts.
What makes having gyno much harder is that some guys often don’t find themselves under the compassionate side of others, but rather have them as the butt end of their jokes. This can be hard on boys in their puberty, who are also the ones often affected by it. In Australia alone, there is an extrapolated prevalence of 1,098,151.
For most men, this can create a strong sense of insecurity and even fear. It can also be frustrating as gyno can’t be just dealt with mere exercise of diet. As insidious as it comes, there are also other instances that can aggravate the situation.
The Reasons Behind Man Boobs
Yes, no matter how burly a man can be, he still has some female hormone, estrogen, in his system. The problem starts when the amount of estrogen goes beyond testosterone. Eventually, this results in secondary female sex characteristics to manifest where one of which is breast enlargement. There are several causes which could lead to this effect, and this includes the following:
There are some medications with side effects that can cause breast enlargements and other female characteristics. These include antidepressants, antiandrogens, chemotherapeutic agents, and medicines for high blood pressure and tuberculosis. Some anti-ulcer medications such as Cimetidine can also affect hormonal balance. Drugs that inhibit androgen synthesis like finasteride, can also tip the hormonal balance in favour of estrogen.
In such cases, it is not advised that you stop taking the medications at your will. Consult your doctor first so you can be properly advised.
Recreations drugs like amphetamines, heroin, and marijuana can also result in the same effect. Just like the
A certain genetic anomaly that is pointed out to be one of the causes of gynecomastia is Kleinfelter’s syndrome (KS). It is a chromosomal problem where males end up with an extra X chromosome where the normal arrangement would have been 46XY. However, for men with KS, this becomes 47XXY. Men affected by it are unable to make enough testosterone for the body to function normally resulting in an imbalance. This is why men affected by it often develop gynecomastia.
Testosterone therapy can help revert the levels back to normal ration, especially during puberty, which eventually improves gynecomastia. However, this therapy doesn’t guarantee that it may completely fix the problem, as in some cases gynecomastia surgery may be needed.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Men who have been undergoing regular hemodialysis can also experience gynecomastia as a result of hormonal shifts. Hormonal dysfunction is actually common in men with renal failure which only aggravates the situation where only a renal transplant can effectively resolve its resultant gynecomastia.
This is not to say that gynecomastia is a virulent disease. What is so interesting is that if a man’s partner uses products like vaginal creams, their husbands or partners can run the risk of absorbing estrogen during intercourse. Even the slightest amounts of estrogen transferred can already have profound effects on the recipient. A simple skin to skin contact is already enough to be absorbed into the recipient’s bloodstream.
Unbeknownst to most couples, the man is already getting part of the estrogen too, which will just gradually become evident later on. Some may just notice inexplicable weight gain or growing breasts.
Hormonal changes that occur during the normal course of aging can also result in gynecomastia among the elderly. The likelihood increases further in men who are overweight. Since aging is inevitable, diet, on the other hand, is manageable.
A few chugs here and there may not hurt, but when you are more inebriated than sober for most of your days, there is a good chance that hormonal productions could be affected. This can result in a slew of health problems which could include gyno, malnutrition, thyroid disorders, and kidney failure.
Cirrhosis, or liver injury, may affect the action of the liver in degrading estrogen thereby increasing its number in the bloodstream.
This documentary shows the struggle that men had to contend with in dealing with man boobs:
The Struggle is Real
Not everybody affected with gynecomastia can simply brush it off. The cultural stigma that is associated with men having breasts actually reflects a larger issue aside from just male body image. Our society is notorious for pumping into our subconscious what the ideal male body should like – toned and muscular bodies. For those who are not showing such characteristics would often receive man-boob shaming along with the teasing and bullying.
The problem is much harder for younger men as they are still struggling with what it means to be a manon top of these features associated with females. A former gyno sufferer shared that the teasing, shaming, and rejection is what drives these guys to believe that “they can’t date, go to the beach or live full and confident lives until their breasts are ‘fixed'”.
True gynecomastia is not a condition that you can just burn at the gym. It’s hormonal and it’s breast tissue that proliferates and not fat. When working out no longer becomes the solution, surgery can be an option
A lot of men are silent about such a problem, afraid of the ridicule and rejection. However, you can choose not to let it get the better of you. Be proactive, and know what possible options are available for you.
If you are interested in taking the drastic step towards gynecomastia surgery, call Dr. Daood Clinic today and let’s talk. Man to man, allow us to help you restore your manly physique and confidence!