What is Gynecomastia

by Garreth Myers

What is gynecomastia and what is it caused by are some of the basic questions asked by most men. Gynecomastia is the overdevelopment of the male breast. It is the enlargement of breasts in men and it occurs when the glandular tissue swells. Gynecomastia can be seen in babies, teenage boys and older men. It is caused by hormonal imbalances (when there is an excess of estrogen and lack of testosterone). Gynecomastia causes also include the side effects of some medicines. Men who are recovering from some kind of malnutrition disease may also exhibit signs of gynecomastia. Aging, weight gain, steroid abuse, congenital disorders, tumors and genetics are also other reasons for gynecomastia to develop. Bilateral gynecomastia is when both breasts are enlarged in men. Unilateral is when only one breast is enlarged. Gynecomastia is not considered a serious problem but causes social embarrassment to men.

Gynecomastia Treatment Without Surgery:

Most men think that surgery is the answer to gynecomastia reduction. However, it is possible to have gynecomastia treatment without surgery as well. Exercise using weights and pay close attention to chest exercises. Exercises like chest presses, pull ups, push ups and overhead presses will increase the muscle in the chest region. These exercises will also help to get rid of the fatty tissue that is in the area and gives the appearance of breasts. If gynecomastia is the result of certain medication, contact your doctor who will then change your prescription. Certain prescribed medications can also be used to treat gynecomastia. Check with your doctor about this as well.

Get Rid of Gynecomastia:

You might be wondering how to get rid of gynecomastia, if you have been diagnosed with this condition. One option is surgery. Surgery is one of the most effective ways to get rid of gynecomastia but this is not always recommended. This is because of possible side effects and also because the surgery is very expensive. The operation is performed using general anesthesia and full recovering takes a long period of time. During the surgery, fatty tissues and glands are removed and the person is left with hanging skin. Plastic surgery is recommended after you have healed from the gynecomastia surgery. There are also ways to get rid of gynecomastia naturally. Go on a weight loss program. Ensure that your weight loss program includes weight lifting. This will make your body produce more testosterone and will also suppress the creation of estrogen. Less body fat will make your male breasts less obvious. Take a natural health supplement which will also boost the production of testosterone.


Gynecomastia reduction is possible through surgery but it is important to check with a surgeon before to see if you are eligible for surgery. Certain tests ( like blood tests) , a physical examination as well as the complete medical history is needed in order for the surgeon to make an informed decision about whether surgery is feasible or not. If you can be operated on, the surgeon may ask you to stop taking certain prescription medicines before the surgery. Any glandular tissue that is present in the breasts is removed during surgery and then liposuction may be used to remove any excess fat. A mastectomy like procedure might be carried out before liposuction if the breast tissue is very large. The entire surgery lasts for about an hour to two and you will be allowed to go home after another two hours. Bear in mind that gynecomastia reduction is also possible by doing certain exercises.


There are many different gynecomastia cures depending on the type of tissue growth and the causes of gynecomastia as well. About 40-60% of all men will develop gynecomastia. Some men also develop pseudogynecomastia which occurs as a result of excess fat tissue development. Apart from surgery there are also natural gynecomastia cures available to men who suffer from this condition. One of the best ways to get rid of chest fat is by doing chest exercises. These exercises will help you to build lean muscle and the result will be a solid chest and not a flabby one. Recommended exercises include chest fly, push ups and bench presses.

Men with Gynecomastia:

There are many chest exercises that help men with gynecomastia. Here are some of the most effective ones. Cardio exercises are extremely beneficial as they burn fat instantly. Such exercises also help to develop and strengthen the muscles in the chest. Weight training is another way of getting rid of gynecomastia. One hour of weight training alternated with one hour of cardio exercises each day is an effective way to get rid of male breasts. Apart from chest exercises men can also try out other exercises like jogging, swimming, rowing, running. Interval training is good as well as it boosts the metabolism and starts burning body fat very quickly.


There are several causes of gynecomastia in men. Hormonal changes are one of them. Men also produce estrogen (the female hormone) and if excess estrogen is produced, and the levels do not balance with testosterone (the male hormone), gynecomastia could occur. A number of medications could also cause gynecomastia. These include anti depressants, antibiotics, steroids, androgens, AIDS medications, heart medications and so on. Alcohol and street drugs could be responsible for gynecomastia as well. Other health conditions like hyperthyroidism, tumors, aging, liver failure, and kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver, starvation and malnutrition play a role in the development of this condition as well. Gynecomastia is not physically harmful but growing glandular tissue can be painful.

Exercises for Gynecomastia:

As mentioned earlier, there are several exercises for gynecomastia. Cardiovascular exercises are among the best for getting rid of gynecomastia. However, there are also other exercises which can help as well. These include:-

Swimming: Breast stroke in particular is an effective way of reducing gynecomastia. Swimming is also an exercise that moves every part of your body and so it is a good way to reduce fat as well. Excess fat in the chest area also leads to gynecomastia.

Jogging and walking: These are two other exercises that help you burn a lot of calories and body fat.

Elliptical: Raise your arms and turn them around in their sockets while doing elliptical exercises. This will make you exercise your chest more.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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