What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the atypical breast enlargement of one or both breasts in men. The process usually begins with a small lump underneath the nipple which causes uneven swelling. Enlarged breasts in men are not uncommon, especially as a newborn or during puberty. In newborns, the gynecomastia may include minor lactation or milk flow (also referred to as galactorrhea) and often disappears within a couple of weeks. During puberty, the condition usually lasts for just a couple months.
What Causes Gynecomastia? The enlarged male breasts associated with gynecomastia are caused by a hormonal imbalance. This explains why the condition occurs in newborns and during puberty. In newborns, gynecomastia is an aftereffect of the mother's estrogen in the infant's system. Commonly in these cases, the hormones naturally correct themselves and the male breasts diminish.
Enlarged breasts in men occur when the balance between testosterone and male estrogen is drastically altered. While mainly considered to be a female hormone, every man possesses low levels of estrogen to regulate sperm production, bone density and mood.
Enlarged male breasts are more likely to occur in overweight men due to the effects that obesity has on the body. Furthermore, weight gain is also a symptom of andropause, so it is not uncommon for a man to experience both concurrently.
Other Causes The swollen breasts in men can also be caused or contributed to by external factors like poor diet, estrogen containing herbal products, street drugs and alcohol. Malnutrition, steroids, amphetamines, marijuana and heroin can alter hormone levels and result in gynecomastia.
The Solution: Gynecomastia Treatments Many men have sought to reduce gynecomastia with male breast reduction surgery, this option is often unnecessary. Frequently, the most successful option among gynecomastia treatments is natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Since the cause is hormonally based, it only makes sense that the treatment should be to correct the hormonal imbalance. Balanced testosterone and estrogen levels will very likely reduce gynecomastia. Surgery should be the last option considered to eliminate male breasts.
Your Wired Wellness bioidentical hormone doctor will not only bring your estrogen and testosterone into balance, but she will also individualize a nutrition, pharmaceutical grade supplements and fitness plan to eradicate any external causes for your hormone imbalance and gynecomastia. It is likely that this gynecomastia treatment will also provide relief from other andropause symptoms such as weight gain and erectile dysfunction.
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