According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, up to 50% to 60% of adolescents and up to 70% of men aged 50 to 69 years suffer from the condition gynecomastia, the medical terminology for female-like breasts.
To help you to further understand the condition, here are some of the most frequently asked Gynecomastia questions and answers.
What does Gynecomastia mean?
The word gynecomastia comes from the Greek term, gyne, which means woman or female and mastos (mastia), which means breasts. Which when used collectively appears harmless, except when you’re a guy that doesn’t want a pair of enlarged breasts. In definition, gyncomastia is the existence of bigger than average breasts on a man’s body.
Is gynecomastia known by any other names?
There are various other terms that are used for the same condition, these include man boobs, moobs, man breasts, man boob, and bitch tits.
Does gynecomastia go away naturally?
Teenage boys and adult males may be inflicted with the condition and it can often dissipate naturally, especially in teenage boys, but it can sometimes be very difficult to get rid of if the cause is a hormonal imbalance.
What is the difference between gynecomastia and pseudo gynecomastia?
True gynecomastia is a condition which is often related to a hormonal imbalance within the male body. When the testosterone levels drop and the estrogen levels rise some men can develop glandular tissue within their breasts. This glandular tissue is much the same composition as female breasts. Pseudo gynecomastia is often related to being overweight, obese or a poor lifestyle. The enlarged breasts are made up of fat as opposed to glandular tissue.
How can I tell if I have Gynecomastia or pseudo-Gynecomastia?
The only way to tell is to visit your doctor. Quite often, gynecomastia is easily identified by way of a physical examination. If your doctor suspects that there may be an underlying disease, other tests may be ordered. These could include things like blood screening to look at liver and kidney functions, a mammogram if there is a suspicion of male breast cancer and a hormone level measurement might also be recommended.
How much does gynecomastia surgery cost?
The cost of gynecomastia surgery differs from person to person depending upon the procedure to be carried out and can cost from $5,000 upwards. The price is often the most prohibitive factor for those suffering from the condition. Before even considering surgery you should discuss and review all the other surgical alternatives with your health care provider.
What is the recovery time after gynecomastia surgery?
It all depends on the individual, the type of surgical procedure and the patients ability to heal after the operation, some men can be up and about within a couple of days and for others it may take a week or so.
Are there any herbal cures or supplements for curing gynecomastia?
There are a variety of the so called “man boob reduction pills” on the market, however, there is no medical or scientific evidence that they actually work.
Can gynecomastia affect just one breast?
Yes, gynecomastia can affect one or both of the male breasts. Unilateral gynecomastia is the term used when one breast is affected and bilateral gynecomastia is the term used when both breasts are affected.
Does alcohol cause gynecomastia?
Yes, alcohol can cause Gynecomastia. Drinking alcohol lowers the testosterone levels and also increases the conversion of androgens to estrogens. Beer is probably the worst type of alcohol to consume as it is often made from hops that contain phytoestrogens, estrogen-like plant compounds.
How can i get rid of man boobs quickly?
That is a very difficult question to answer, due to the fact that everyone’s body is different and what may work for one, may not work for another. Also, it depends if you have true gynecomastia brought about by a hormonal imbalance or pseudo-gynecomastia brought about by an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
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