Gynecomastia is often called ‘man boobs’ or more discreetly, gyno. It’s the source of anxiety and other psychiatric issues in countless men around the world due to the psychosocial discomfort it causes.
Some men seek medical help for their gynecomastia because they fear the growth may be cancerous. But what exactly is gyno and what treatments are available for it?
Gynecomastia is an abnormal, although benign, enlargement of a man’s breast tissue. Certain factors may affect the usually small and unnoticeable male breasts, causing them to grow.
Gynecomastia is usually caused by hormonal imbalance. More specifically, it's often the result of an increased ratio of estrogens to androgens. This may be due to an increase in estrogen production, decreased androgen synthesis, or both.
In a nutshell, gynecomastia may develop as a result of health issues, excessive exposure to hormone-like substances (estrogens, usually), and just as a normal part of growing up. 70 to 90% of teenage males develop gyno that regresses over 1 to 3 years in most cases.
Of course, there are other possible causes of gynecomastia, such as: