Gynecomastia/Man Boobs – What Exactly Is It And What Can You Do About It?
The last thing any guy wants to see when he looks in the mirror is a pair of boobs; or at least his own boobs. Now the idea of man boobs (or moobs for short) is typically assigned to the fat guy or fat kid in class who got teased about it. But times are changing and so is our body chemistry and you’re probably seeing a lot more guys with the man boob (gynecomastia) problem right? Even guys who work out at the gym all the time – that doesn’t make sense does it?
So what causes gynecomastia? Well what causes them to appear in the male body is a hormonal imbalance – similar to what happens to girls when they start sprouting breasts during their teenage years. Why does this happen? This is where the science guys are stumped. They know it’s hormonal but they’re not sure of the cause – a lot of folks are starting to look at their diet for the cause. Could hormonal supplements fed to animals cause it? Good question but nobody has a clear answer.
One current and recognized cause for gynecomastia is the hair growth drug finasteride which is also known as Propecia. Even in doses of 1mg per day this medication can cause both swelling and pain in the chest tissue of men. You combine this with side-effects like testicular pain and temporary impotence and well…I’ll just go bald thanks.
The other thing about man boobs is that unlike teenage girls gynecomastia can strike in men at any age – from puberty onwards. Now it’s pretty normal for most teenage boys to experience a small amount of swelling in their chest but that’s just puppy fat and goes away as fast. The problem is when it affects older guys it can be a really serious personal and even social problem. Who doesn’t remember feeling embarrassed for Robert Paulson (Bob) in Fight Club? You’d need to be made of stone not to feel for the guy you know?
The extra growth that happens on a guys chest can be quite mild or can be pretty extreme; in some cases the guy can develop a full pair of breasts that will eventually require surgical removal. It varies from one guy to the next.
So what can you do about your man boob or Gynecomastia problem? You have a couple of options here:
If you’ve been suffering from gynecomastia for 2 – 3 years or more then surgery of some kind is usually the only answer. Depending on the extent of your problem it could be a male breast reduction procedure, or liposuction, skin sculpture or a combination of these treatments to permanently remove the breast tissue that’s formed.
These are a type of compression garment that basically flattens out your chest area. Some guys call them man bras but that’s not a good description. This type of shirt is actually more like a compression vest that’s worn in sports – it doesn’t look anything like a bra. They also offer a cost-effective, instant and comfortable solution to the problem.
This is not guaranteed to work on extreme cases of gynecomastia but if your chest muscles are under-developed it won’t help your man boob problem. A full upper-body weights routine can tighten up loose skin a lot more than you might imagine.
Gynecomastia or man boobs is a very common problem guys. But don’t give up hope – there are ways to treat it and they do work. So even if you do need to wear a gynecomastia shirt for a while don’t sweat it ok? Nobody will ever even know you have one on.