Gynecomastia has been called ‘man boobs’ or more discreetly, gyno. It’s also the source of anxiety countless men since it causes psychosocial discomfort.
Some even seek medical attention because of fear that the growth may be cancerous. But what is it really and what are the treatments available for those afflicted by it?
Gynecomastia is the abnormal, although benign, enlargement of a man’s breast tissue. Certain factors may affect the normally small and unnoticeable male breast tissue, causing it to enlarge.
Gynecomastia is usually due to hormonal imbalance, or an increased ratio of estrogen to androgen. This can be caused by increased estrogen production, decreased androgen secretion, or both.
Of course, there are other possible causes of gynecomastia, such as: