Non-Surgical Gynecomastia Treatment
by Brad McHargue
Gynecomastia is the development of breasts in males. It is common among boys going through puberty, though it can be caused by a number of things. Often it may be accompanied by pain and tenderness, but its primary side effect is its potential to be aesthetically damaging. Gynecomastia often goes away on its own, and when surgery to remove the breast tissue isn't an option, medication may be utilized.
Causes and Symptoms
The primary cause of gynecomastia is a decrease in the amount of testosterone compared to the amount of estrogen present, and it commonly occurs in boys during puberty and in older men. Other possible causes include a variety of medications, such as anti-depressants and anti-androgens, as well as narcotics and alcohol. Health conditions, including tumors, kidney failure and hyperthyroidism, can disrupt hormone balance and cause gynecomastia as well. Although less common, herbal products often found in shampoos, lotions and soaps can result in gynecomastia. The only symptom of gynecomastia is the development of abnormal breast tissue, which can be tender.
Although gynecomastia often goes away on its own within three years, treatment involves addressing the underlying cause of the condition, such as discontinuing the use of certain medications, and careful observation. If gynecomastia does not go away, breast cancer medications such as tamoxifen and raloxifene may be utilized; these may not work in everyone, however, and are not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the condition. According to a study published in the August 1986 issue of Metablism, tamoxifen possesses the potential to cause significant reduction in breast tissue, though more studies are necessary.
Because surgery and breast cancer medication are expensive options, and the notion of waiting for the condition to go away on its own is not always appealing, you may choose to turn to non-FDA-approved pills available online to treat the condition. One such example is Gynexin. Ingredients in this pill include chromium and a blend of herbs and natural ingredients called the "Proprietary Gynexin Blend," which includes guggulsterones, theobromine cacao, green tea extract, sclareolides and caffeine. Evidence for Gynexin's efficacy is based solely on testimonials found on the Gynexin website, and you should always consult with your doctor before taking a non-FDA-approved treatment for gynecomastia.