Gynecomastia: Most Common Causes and How to Treat It



Gynecomastia is a condition that causes a man’s breasts to swell. It is also called ‘man boobs’ although this term is considered very offensive to many men, especially those who suffer from the condition.

There are many potential causes of gynecomastia, some relating to diet, and others to lifestyle choices. If you have been suffering from the condition and would like to figure out what’s causing it and how you can make it stop, then you’re in the right place. This post will tell you everything that you need to know.

Drug Use

One of the most common causes of gynecomastia is drug use. It’s very common for people to develop gynecomastia from steroids and other recreational drugs. If you have gynecomastia and believe it may have been caused by drug use, then it’s crucial that you discontinue use immediately.

You won’t be able to get effective treatment for the condition if you are still using drugs.

Surgery is a great way to remove gynecomastia, but it’s unlikely that a surgeon will perform it on you if you are still using the drugs that caused it.

Hormone Changes

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Hormonal changes is another common cause of gynecomastia. It is natural for our bodies to change hormonally as we get older. In fact, between 24% and 65% of men between the ages of 50 to 80 will experience gynecomastia.

It can also be caused by hormonal changes that occur during puberty. More often than not though, the condition goes away on its own within six months.

If it does not, then you may want to seek out a doctor’s advice. A surgeon will be able to completely treat your gynecomastia, by removing the tissue that causes it.

Health Conditions

Some health conditions can cause gynecomastia, which is why it’s always a good idea to see your physician if you suspect that you have it before you see a surgeon. Your physician may want to perform diagnostic tests to identify what’s causing it. Hypogonadism, aging, tumors, kidney failure, liver failure, and hyperthyroidism can all cause the condition.

As you probably already know, some of these conditions can be fatal, which is why it’s so crucial to visit a physician at the first sign of gynecomastia.

You will likely be referred to the hospital, where you will be tested and checked for these conditions. Most of these conditions have multiple symptoms, however, so it’s likely you’ll notice long before the first signs of gynecomastia become manifest.


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Lastly, as with recreational drugs, some medicines can cause hormonal imbalances, and consequently lead to gynecomastia developing. If drugs that you have been taking medicinally have led to you developing the condition, then speak to the doctor that prescribed them to you. They may want you to continue using the drug. Once use has been discontinued and whatever you have been taking them for has been cured, you will be able to take steps to have the condition reversed.


Gynecomastia affects the lives of millions of men. It is a condition that can make men very unhappy with their bodies. Thankfully, it usually resolves on its own. When it doesn’t however, surgery is the best option.

Thank you for reading our article!

– Terry Asher

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Gynecomastia can be an embarrassing condition as a man. We explore the most common causes and how you can get rid of it!
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