|A mass under the nipple area of the breast with or without pain when touched or squeezed.||Breast enlargement involves both breasts equally and evenly, without pain during palpation.|
Accumulation of fat behind and around nipples and in the chest is pseudogynecomastia . The reason for breast enlargement or feminization is due to fat build up as opposed to the growth of breast tissue . Read this detailed article on pseudogynecomastia for further differences from gynecomastia.
FThe best way to diagnose what is causing your breast enlargement is to see a trained medical doctor. Your GP or family physician is well qualified to do it but I recommend a doctor specialising in gynecomastia because they are medical professionals specialized in this part of your body and does the physical examination for this particular diagnosis on a daily basis. Almost all doctors who specialize in gynecomastia surgery also provides free initial consultation and you can utilise that opportunity to have the reason for your breast enlargement confirmed. Below is one method which, doctors use to confirm what is causing your breast enlargement. I am listing this for informational purposes only and ALWAYS have a doctor diagnose it and confirm it. Do not self-diagnose it.
In this illustration, you can see the patient lying flat on his back with his hands clasped beneath his head. Using the separated thumb and forefinger, the doctor slowly brings the fingers together from either side of the breast. If the individual has true gynecomastia, a rubbery or firm mound of tissue that is concentric with the nipple–areolar complex is felt. On the other hand, if the individual has pseudogynecomastia, no such disk or tissue is found .
The classification of breast development in men into gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia are primarily theoretical and for the sake of clarity. In reality, almost all general cases of breast enlargement in men is a mix of breast tissue and chest fat. How much is breast tissue and how much is fat differs from men to men but there will be some of both in almost all men with breast enlargement. This is because, breast tissue and chest are mutually feeding elements and one will be present if there is other. This is also why breast reduction pills are dosed to get rid of breast tissue and chest fat. We will look at how the breast development pathway when we go into the pathophysiology (root cause) of gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is caused by men developing excessive breast tissue that leads to feminization of the male chest. The process by which breast tissue development happens is a little complex. It all begins with an imbalance in the estrogen-testosterone levels in the body . This could be excess estrogen that was carried over from puberty, excess estrogen that is caused by using drugs or by any other reason. Once there is an excess amount of the female hormone estrogen, testosterone levels get suppressed and significantly declined . Excess estrogen also makes the body vulnerable to retain more body fat. Low testosterone levels causes low metabolism and all these factors causes the body to retain fat under and around the areola (nipples).
Pectoral fat also releases an enzyme called aromatase that converts testosterone to estrogen . The excess female hormone estrogen causes the body to develop feminine features like breast tissue growth. Pectoral fat also acts as a secondary gland that produces estrogen and these estrogen binds themselves to the breast tissue nearby and these three factors namely excess estrogen levels, low testosterone and pectoral fat forms a negative feedback loop feeding each other. Excess estrogen creates an environment to store more chest fat and this chest fat in turn creates more estrogen . The result is breast enlargement due to breast tissue and chest fat called mixed gynecomastia . This understanding of breast enlargement is the reason why breast reduction pills for men are dosed for preventing production of estrogen and lipolysis (break down) of chest fat.
Breast Reduction Pills For Men : What They Do
If you want to get rid of gynecomastia, the key lies in disrupting the negative feedback loop by changing the status quo of excess estrogens, low testosterones and pectoral fat. Excess estrogen production has to be stopped, testosterone levels have to be raised, pectoral fat that is acting as a secondary gland that produces estrogen has to be burned off with increased metabolism. To disrupt the negative feedback loop and help the body to develop a positive feedback look is the approach behind all breast reduction pills for men.
I also want to briefly mention about the pharmacological agents that were developed for breast cancer in women. They do have the potency to arrest breast tissue growth but they are rarely prescribed for gynecomastia .
There are two classes of drugs that can interact with estrogen during its production and how it operates in our body. These two classes of drugs are SERM’s (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator)  and AI’s (Aromatise Inhibitors) . SERM’s can control how estrogen is processed in the body and AI’s stop the production of estrogen in the first place . However, these are very strong chemical combinations that have serious side effects on the body and they are only prescribed to women with breast cancer as a last resort to stop breast tissue growth . They are usually prescribed for life-threatening situations like in the event of cancer and not prescribed for gynecomastia.
Prescribed usually as a last resort for breast cancer in women
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There are no safe prescription drugs for gynecomastia that do not have any side effects. The two available options as of this time for gynecomastia are to use natural supplements with ingredients that have the potency to balance estrogen-testosterone ratio, increase testosterone and burn off chest fat or to get rid of gynecomastia through surgery.
There are about 50 million men in the United States that have gynecomastia in one of the four grades and more and more companies are coming out with breast reduction pills for men [15,16]. The main ingredients in these breast reduction pills for men are natural ingredients that have similar potency of the SERM’s and AI’s but with little known side effects. Other ingredients facilitate higher metabolism for lipolysis of chest fat. So the ingredients are combined to prevent breast tissue growth and burn off chest fat at the same time.
Sclareolide is natural product derived from various plants Salvia sclarea, Salvia yosgadensis, Salvia haematodes, Salvia plebeia, Salvia miltiorrhiza, Salvia officinalis. These herbs commonly found in the Mediterranean, North Africa and Central Asian regions. Salvia haematodes roots increase sexual behaviuor of male rats . However, Salvia miltiorrhiza increases estrogen in mice . Salvia plebeia suppresses the expressions of genes related to adipogenesis and lipogenesis activity . Salvia officinalis improves insulin sensitivity, inhibits lipogenesis in adipocytes and reduces inflammation as judged by plasma cytokines [20, 21].
Guggulsterone is natural ingredient processed from the gum of the Commiphora mukul tree. It signals the thyroid gland to produce more triiodothyronine that increases function of the thyroid gland [22, 23, 24] which has a direct catabolic effect on pectoral adipose tissue (chest fat) . Guggulsterone may stimulate the thyroid gland to burn more pectoral fat. Guggulsterone influence numerous steroid receptors .
T Theobromine Cacao is a natural ingredient extracted from the Kola nut. Theobromine Cacao posses anti-breast cancer compounds . Theobromine Cacao has compounds, which influences in a positive way our moods and our state of alertness . These effects are due to antiradical properties of cocoa phenolics , which increase the plasma level of antioxidants to prevent the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol . These particular properties are related to the protective mechanism of cocoa phenolics in heart disease . Other relevant properties include their ability to modulate the immune response [31,32,33,34,35] and their anti-inflammatory [36,37,38] and anticarcinogenic properties .
A number of combinations of natural herbs and natural ingredients were tested and two most sold breast reductions pills for men have this same combination. Gynexin’s blend is proprietary and how much of each of these ingredients make up their formula is not made public. Gynectrol’s blend is not proprietary and we know how much of these ingredients are in it. There are other ingredients but Sclareolides, Guggulsterone and Theobromine Cacao forms the core ingredients. Before using any kinds of natural remedies, you should consult your physician and evaluate if you are allergic to any of these components. Please evaluate all pros and cons of natural ingredients.
Those who are looking for an option other than surgery to get rid of unwanted breast enlargement.
Those who can neither take time off from work nor prefer surgery.
Those who are unable to get insurance coverage for surgery but still wants to get rid of breast enlargement.
Those who are looking for personalized breast reduction treatment.
Breast reduction pills for men have been available in the market for about 10 years and a number of products with different formulas have come and gone in this time. Gynexin and Gynectrol are the two leading breast reduction pills for men that dominate the market. Gynexin was the first ever breast reduction pill for men introduced to the market 8 years ago and is still being sold. Gynectrol was introduced about 3 years ago and both these products have almost the same ingredients. Nevertheless, there are no studies which show their effectiveness. It may possess individual effect.
|Mechanism Of Action||Balances estrogen hormones & burn off chest fat||Balances estrogen hormones & burn off chest fat|
|Main Ingredients||Sclareolides, Guggulsterone & Theobromine Cacao||Sclareolides, Guggulsterone & Theobromine Cacao|
|Proprietary Blend||No – exact dosage information available||Yes – exact dosage information not available|
|Manufactured In||United States at FDA inspected facilities||United States at FDA inspected facilities|
|Money Back Guarantee||Yes for unopened bottles||Yes for unopened bottles|
|Price||$61.99 for one month||$69.95 for one month|
|Manufacturer Reputation||Reputed in fitness community for natural steroids||Manufactures supplements for gynecomastia only|
To review Gynexin and Gynectrol in all their details is beyond the scope of this page. I have a very comprehensive review of these two breast reduction pills for men with gynecomastia at the gynecomastia pills review page that also includes frequently asked questions.
Add-on Breast Reduction Pills For Men
The strategy that has seen the most success to get rid of gynecomastia is to disrupt the negative feedback cycle of excess estrogen, pectoral fat and low estrogen. The formula in gynecomastia supplements are dosed to address these factors. It may balance estrogen-testosterone levels, facilitate lipolysis of pectoral fat that produce the aromatase enzyme and it also signals the body to produce more testosterone. Add-on breast reduction pills for men are standalone supplements that support each aspect of the breast reduction process. The two add-on supplements that you can use are testosterone boosters and high strength fat burners.
When Should I Use Them ?
You should NOT use them when you start using Gynexin or Gynectrol because both contains ingredients that aid testosterone growth and burns chest fat. First start with a gynecomastia supplement and use it for 30 days. You will start to see results by the end of the first month and if you are satisfied, then you do not need an add-on. If you want to speed up chest fat loss, you can add a fat burner. If you see that your chest is not flattening out as you expected, you can add a testosterone booster and it will signal the body to flatten the breast tissue and widen the chest. Again, do not start a gynecomastia supplement and an add-on but only start using them after you analyze the results from the first month.