Gynecomastia In Puberty

Microsoft Word - Phil Moutousamy Photos.docGynecomastia in teenage boys can be an incredibly embarrassing condition, despite almost 60% of males actually suffering from the condition during puberty. In this article I want to take a little look at what it is all about, and how you are able to rid yourself of the condition. Let’s jump in shall we?

Before I delve into what causes Gynecomastia during puberty, and perhaps more importantly, how you can get rid of it. I want to clear one thing up, and that is Gynecomastia is not caused by being overweight. Whilst being overweight can cause ‘man boobs’ it isn’t down to Gynecomastia. If you are overweight and wish to eliminate your man boobs then you will need to lead a healthier lifestyle. Only then will they disappear.

Without going into too much detail, Gynecomastia is a result of a hormonal imbalance, hence why it appears in people who are going through puberty. It is caused by an increased amount of oestrogen in the male. This is a hormone which is normally rampant in females.

When the ‘man boobs’ start to develop, the male will normally notice a small but firm mass under their nipples. This can appear under just one or both of them. Over time this may grow slightly, but often it will start to flatten itself out. The ‘mass’ can remain for a couple of months, or even a few years. Almost every male that goes through puberty will experience this lump at least once.

If the lump appears to be growing then you do have the option of going to the doctor who will carry out an examination. Many people do skip this though as the condition isn’t that noticeable in most people. The doctor will carry out a physical examination to ensure that everything is going fine with puberty. This will include a testicular examination. It is unlikely they will carry out further tests unless they believe something is seriously wrong.

In most cases there will be no need for treatment, however, if the problem is fairly bad, then there are a couple of medications available. These medications are intended to inhibit the estrogen. Popular medications include tamoxifen and raloxifen. With these the condition should clear up within a couple of months. Only in very rare cases will the doctor suggest surgical methods. This is normally something which is saved until the person is out of puberty.

Thankfully, in 90% of males who suffer from the condition, Gynecomastia is never going to develop to the point where it is going to be noticeable by your peers, and in most cases it is going to clear up without any intervention from the doctor whatsoever. However, if it does not clear up within three years then there are options available, the most common is of course surgery, or in some cases, you could opt for hormonal therapy. Don’t worry though, this is a problem which can be eliminated, and it really isn’t as bad as you may think!

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