3 Myths And Facts About Gynecomastia You Should Know

As you may know gynecomastia is a condition in which males develop breasts like females. When you or someone among your near and dear ones develops this condition, it’s natural to get worried.

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It’s also natural to get many misconceptions when there is no enough knowledge about a condition. Gynecomastia too is surrounded by many such myths.

It’s important to have correct knowledge about the condition you have so as to avoid stress, depression and embarrassment, and also to have correct treatment.

Here are some myths and facts about gynecomastia.

1. Myth: It’s Caused due to Excess Fat

It’s typically wrongly assumed that only fat men develop gynecomastia. Although sometimes excess fat can make a man’s boobs look bigger, fat is not the only cause of the condition.

Fact: It’s Caused Mainly due to Hormones

The fact is that hormonal imbalance plays a major part in causing gynecomastia. Gynecomastia develops when testosterone in a man’s body reduces and estrogen increases.

Although a female hormone, estrogen does exists in a small amount in men’s body too. When this small amount increases significantly, male breast tissue can increase.

2. Myth: Excessive Alcohol Consumption Causes an Increase in Estrogen and Eventually Gynecomastia

So, now if gynecomastia is mainly caused due to increased estrogen levels, the question remains why after all estrogen levels increase.

Gynecomastia is also associated to excess alcohol consumption. Well, it is indeed, but not in the way it’s thought to be.

Fact: Excessive Alcohol Damages Liver and Hormonal Imbalance is Caused in turn Causing Gynecomastia

Beers or IPAs with high amounts of hops are at times blamed for causing gynecomastia or people are often worried that drinking too much of IPAs may trigger breast development.

Hops actually contain a kind of phytoestrogen (a kind of estrogen present in plants). In general, the amounts of phytoestrogen present in IPAs or other kinds of hoppy beers are not big enough so as to be able to generate hormonal imbalance in men.

However, excessive alcohol can be connected to gynecomastia in another way. Excessive drinking can damage liver and the damage can disturb the organ’s ability to change hormones from one form to the other, causing the growth of breast tissue.

Gynecomastia can even be caused by certain prescription medications, such as those taken for an enlarged prostate, some antibiotics, anti-depressants and heart medications.

Endocrine issues in a man such as an underactive pituitary gland or overactive thyroid can also cause growth of breast tissue.

Also, certain herbal treatments, like lavender oil, can increase the risk of gynecomastia.

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3. Myth: Exercise can Reduce Man Boobs

Gynecomastia can resolve without doing anything special, i.e. as soon as the hormonal imbalance is rectified.

However, some people think that it will resolve by increasing the amount of exercise or doing chest-toning exercises.

Exercise may help but only when the issue has caused due to excessive fat. But because gynecomastia is the growth of breast tissue, the extra tissue cannot be burnt off with exercise.

Fact: Gynecomastia can be Resolved with Surgery

Male breast reduction Melbourne by Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne or by other trusted cosmetic clinic is a reliable solution for gynecomastia.

This involves liposuction, cutting away of breast tissue or both along with breast lift, depending on the severity of the condition.

Know about other options with which you can enhance your appearance at or you can do your own research. Hopefully it will increase your confidence and help you cheer up!