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Gynecomastia Treatment Options To Get Rid Of Gynecomastia

A detailed guide about the latest non-surgical and surgical gynecomastia treatment options available to permanently get rid of gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia Treatment Options To Get Rid Of Gynecomastia2019-08-04T12:15:41-05:00
finding estrogen levels are a major step when it comes to gynecomastia treatment options

Gynecomastia treatment options are getting more and more popular due to the ever increasing number of men who have gynecomastia [1]. It is estimated that approximately 17 million men in the United States have gynecomastia in one of the four grades. Discussing about breast enlargement used to be taboo but these days, more and more men including celebrities are openly talking about their struggle with gynecomastia [2]. We will take a look at the various gynecomastia treatment options available as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

What Causes Gynecomastia

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Gynecomastia is breast enlargement in adult men caused by excessive growth of breast tissue behind and around the areola (nipple) [3]. How this breast tissue growth happens is a bit more complex. It starts with an abnormal level of estrogen in the male body caused by carried over estrogen from puberty, a pre-existing medical condition, as a side-effect of medications or drug abuse amongst others [4]. Once there is a high abnormal level of estrogen, it signals the body to reduce the male hormone testosterone. High estrogen levels will also make the body retain more fat in the chest and in the abdomen. Chest fat then secrets an enzyme called aromatase that converts testosterone to estrogen. So in effect, chest fat then becomes a secondary gland that produces estrogen [5]. On one side you have reduced estrogen production and on the other side, you have increased estrogen production and this causes excessive levels of estrogen. This excessive levels of the female hormone estrogen signals the body to develop feminine features, the most visible of is breast tissue growth or gynecomastia [4].

Estrogen-Rich Foods

Before you look at the gynecomastia treatment options, lets take a look at some of the food items that are rich in estrogen or aid your body to boost estrogen production [6,7]. A number of common food items that we have in our stores and in menus are silently sabotaging the testosterone-estrogen balance. Below is a list of food items that are rich in estrogen and try to avoid them unless you have been asked to include that in your diet.

food that is high in estrogen can also promote breast tissue growth
No: Description
1 Peas
2 Bran cereals
3 Soybean and soy products
4 Tempeh
5 Tofu
6 Alfalfa sprouts
7 Oats
8 Carrots
9 Apples
10 Rice
11 Coffee
12 Rice bran [6,7,8,9,10]

The list is in no way a complete list of all pro-estrogen foods that you should consume at the bare minimum but I wanted to bring your attention to the fact that our diet does play a huge role. Some body types due to genetic factors are also highly receptive and susceptible to estrogen. For example, another person and you can eat the same food and if your body is more prone and receptive to estrogen, then you have a significantly higher chance of having excess breast tissue. Along with any gynecomastia treatment options that you may choose, intake of such foods must be kept at a minimum so that you are not jeopardizing the benefits of treatment through your food intake. These are some of the small steps that you can take to prepare your body for treatment.

Gynecomastia Treatment Options

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Before going through the main gynecomastia treatment options, let’s make sure that we are on the same page. I am assuming that you have a pretty solid idea the difference between gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia [11]. Breast enlargement can be caused by excessive breast tissue as well as chest fat or a combination of both. I am also using the word “gynecomastia treatment” in the broadest sense incorporating all and every options to temporarily or permanently to get rid of gynecomastia. So without further ado, let’s start.

Gynecomastia Shirts

The least expensive among the available gynecomastia treatment option is to use a gynecomastia compression shirt that will compress your chest and mask the breast enlargement [12,13]. If you are going to a formal setting and is a bit concerned about your sagging chest, then your best and logical option is to buy one of them. Unlike in the past, mainstream companies like Under Armour and Nike are all offering compression shirts of excellent quality.

A man wearing a compression shirt that can be used for gynecomastia treatment
  • Gynecomastia compression shirts are cheap and inexpensive. You can easily buy a branded good quality compression shirts for less than $50.

  • The effect is fast and instant. Gynecomastia shirts are the best option if you have neither time nor money but still wants to do something about your sagging chest.

  • Another benefit of using a gynecomastia compression shirt is that you can experience the results of having no gynecomastia. If you are planning to use gynecomastia supplements or gynecomastia surgery but not sure how it would be after, use a compression shirt to see what it is like to have a flat chest.

  • The main drawback is that the effect is temporary and once you take the compression shirt off, the situation is reversed.

  • There will be some uneasiness during the first few days when you use it but you will get used.

The Ideal Candidate

Compression shirts are ideal for those who have an immediate need to mask their gynecomastia but have no time to use a gynecomastia supplement or does not prefer surgery. Gynecomastia shirts are only good for formal dressing and events. A day out at the beach or time at the pools are not instances you would not want to use a gynecomastia shirt as it will only get you even more unwanted attention.

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Gynecomastia Supplements

Gynecomastia supplements are one of the fastest growing segments in the natural supplement market. The main ingredients in these supplements balance the estrogen-testosterone ratio, burns off chest fat and increases testosterone production. Gynexin, a gynecomastia supplement that has been in the market for 8 years and Gynectrol that has been in the market for 4 years are the main non-surgical gynecomastia treatment options available.

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  • Gynecomastia supplements are the only gynecomastia treatment option to permanently get rid of gynecomastia without surgery.

  • They cost significantly less than the cost of surgery. Affordability is one of the main advantage of gynecomastia supplements.

  • There are no stitches or hospitalization involved.

  • Is a nutrient and not a therapeutic agent and therefore will only be of benefit to those whose problems are due to sub-optimal intake of ingredients.

  • Requires diet control and be physically active.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal user is someone who is looking to get rid of gynecomastia without surgery and is willing to control calorie intake and be physically active. Gynecomastia supplements are also the logical options for those who cannot pay out of their pocket for surgery as it is not covered by medical insurance [14,15].

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Post Cycle Therapy For Steroid Users

One of the most undesirable side effects of using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs is gynecomastia. Steroids have been scientifically proven to alter hormonal equilibrium by accelerating the level of estrogen [16]. Gynecomastia is the obvious after effect of that. This happens out of the blue to a lot of newbie body-builders. The irony is that this could have been completely avoided had they had taken preventive measures.

You can see horror stories of bodybuilders who have suddenly found out about gynecomastia all over the body building forums. Post Cycle Therapy or PCT is one of the gynecomastia treatment options available for those who developed gynecomastia as a result of steroid use [17,18]. A comprehensive PCT stack would comprise of a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), an aromatize inhibitor (AI) and a testosterone booster. Having all the three will give you full protection. For detailed information about Post Cycle Therapy and how to use them, read the gynecomastia treatment options for body-builders page [17].

post cycle therapy is one of the gynecomastia treatment options to get rid of gynecomastia for steroid users
  • Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) will counter the accelerated estrogen production and prevent the resultant gynecomastia from happening.

  • Post Cycle Therapy helps you to retain the muscle and form you painstakingly worked for. One common problem associated with discontinuation of steroid use is the loss of form and figure and a proper PCT will help you to retain the form and figure [17].

  • PCT will also speeds up the body to resume normal production of testosterone and the testosterone booster will act as a buffer until the time when the body goes on full steam to produce testosterone [17].

  • Hot flashes, infrequent bouts of vomiting, mild nausea, loss of sexual interest/erectile dysfunction, headache, tingling of the skin, leg cramps and hair thinning are some of the reported and possible side effects.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for Post Cycle Therapy is some one who has just completed or is considering a cycle of steroids. If you are yet to take steroids, keep in mind that you will have to subsequently do a proper PCT to prevent gynecomastia [17]. In this case you will likely experience some side effects mentioned above. If you have already  cycled, then using PCT or gynecomastia surgery would be your alternatives [17].

Post Cycle Therapy

Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery is the most definitive yet expensive gynecomastia treatment option when nothing else is able to permanently get rid of gynecomastia [19]. Previously the treatment of choice for celebrities and the affluent, gynecomastia surgery is becoming more and more common [20]. In this type of gynecomastia treatment, a patient works with a surgeon specializing in the treatment of gynecomastia and will arrive at a consensus on what the chest shape and contour will be after gynecomastia surgery. Breast reduction surgery was one of the most common procedure in 2016 according to available statistics [1].

An image showing gynecomastia surgeon as one of the gynecomastia treatment options
  • Gynecomastia surgeries when done by a surgeon specializing in gynecomastia has 100% success rate.

  • It is fast and convenient. The total time between the time you enter the facility and leave after your gynecomastia surgery is a max 4 days and within 4 days, you have completely different flat chest.

  • Out of the available three gynecomastia treatment options, gynecomastia surgery is the fastest way you can permanently get rid of gynecomastia.

  • The average cost for gynecomastia surgery is $6000-8500 and not everyone will be able to afford it [14].

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for gynecomastia surgery is someone who has tried hormone balancing supplements along with an estrogen-free diet and not satisfied with the results [19]. Gynecomastia surgery is also the only feasible option for those who did not achieve significant breast reduction with gynecomastia supplements. The ideal candidate for gynecomastia surgery is someone who wants personalized gynecomastia treatment that involves the service of a doctor who will also shape the chest contours as part of surgery [19].

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Medical Review Team

Medical reviewer at Gynecoma.comThe content of this page was fact-checked and medically reviewed by Dr.Sergii Vasyliuk MD on October 22, 2018. You can read more about Dr.Sergii Vasyliuk MD and his credentials at our about us page.

The content of this page was fact-checked and medically reviewed by Dr.Marija Petkovic MD on December 19, 2018. You can read more about Dr.Marija Petkovic MD and her credentials at our about us page.



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