Gynecomastia Myths and Facts

Here at, we focused mainly on the female side of the breast enlargement coin. Moreover, the content is geared toward ways to obtain it. However, we would be remiss and doing a disservice if the reverse of those were not discussed. Of course, I am referring to the unwanted condition of male breast enlargement. This is more commonly known as Gynecomastia.

There are some myths and misunderstandings with regard to gynecomastia. Let us shed some light on this. In so doing, we aim to assist the males of the population on how to address it with consideration to their health and lifestyle.

What Exactly is Gynecomastia?


Gynecomastia is most commonly known as “man boobs.” Basically, it refers to the physical and visual condition of males who have unusually larger breasts. It is actually not uncommon for males to develop it. At some point during and after puberty, it can happen to up to 30% of all men.
In fact, it can even happen as young as newborn babies. While the cause of gynecomastia is not always the same, the most common attribution is due to hormone imbalance.

The male hormone is testosterone and the female hormone is estrogen. If there is more estrogen than testosterone in the body, this causes changes. Gynecomastia is one of the conditions that result from this kind of imbalance.

While hormone imbalance in the body is the most common cause, other scenarios can lead to it. Among them:

  • Excessive Alcohol consumption – Consuming too many alcoholic beverages on a regular basis can lead to man boobs.
  • Medications and treatments – if a man has pre-existing conditions that require regular medication, this may cause gynecomastia. This is particularly true for some anti-biotics, heart conditions, and chemotherapy, among others.
  • Herbal productsSome common herbal ingredients can induce the body to produce additional breast tissue. These ingredients are used in many breast enhancement products. Yet, these ingredients are also used in other herbal products intended for other health benefits. Lavender, tea tree, fennel, and sesame seed oil are common examples.

Being overweight can sometimes attribute to the excess mass in the breast area. But this is not actually gynecomastia.

Common Misconceptions About Gynecomastia

There are a good number of misunderstandings when it comes to enlarged breasts in men. Here are a few of them and some facts to counter these:

  • Gynecomastia is an illness – This is one of the most common myths. More often, having man boobs is just a natural occurrence. While it can happen that some diseases like cancer can lead to it, this is not always the case. More often than not, it is simply one of those things, as they say.
  • Gynecomastia is permanent – Although gynecomastia can sometimes take a while to subside, it is very rarely permanent. This is because the cause of it can vary from person to person. If the conditions change – such as one’s lifestyle or age, then the gynecomastia will likely subside.
  • Fat is the main cause – As noted earlier, excessive weight may make the breast area bigger, but it is not necessarily the case for gynecomastia. In fact, some professional bodybuilders experience having it, even though they have ten percent or less body fat. On that note…
  • All you need to do is exercise – Many folks, including some fitness experts, believe that exercising alone can solve the man boob problem. This can be true if the cause is due to excess fat and weight. On the other hand, if the reason is due to hormonal imbalance or other conditions, then exercise alone would not make it go away.
  • Surgery is the only treatment – Here is another myth. While surgery can be necessary for the more serious cases of gynecomastia, it is not the only way to treat it. This should only be an option after a thorough diagnosis. Even then, there are options available to men. Most of these are natural and non-invasive.

Ways of Addressing Gynecomastia

If you do have or suspect that you have gynecomastia, it is best to consult a physician. The diagnosis will often consist of answering questions regarding the following:

  • What your symptoms are
  • How long you have seen or felt the symptoms
  • Your family history regarding gynecomastia, if any
  • What lifestyle you currently lead – eating and drinking habits, medication, activities, etc.

If the condition is relatively normal, it will usually only require simple remedies like icepacks when the breast or nipple area is painful. In some situations, over-the-counter painkillers may be prescribed by the doctor. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.

Some natural remedies can be used if the cause is hormonal imbalance. These remedies will often have ingredients like ginger and vitamin D. These will promote the increase of testosterone. The end result is resolving the imbalance caused by excess estrogen.


Gynecomastia is often not a serious condition. But men may find it to be an inconvenience or even embarrassing. But there are ways of addressing it. As we always promote here, knowledge is power. If you are one of the men who experience enlarged breasts, the above information can help you.

Random Gynecomastia Questions

Which is true about gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia refers to the enlargement of male breast tissue, often due to hormonal imbalances between estrogen and testosterone.

How many people have true gynecomastia?

Up to 30% of men may experience gynecomastia at some point during or after puberty.

What is false gynecomastia?

False gynecomastia, also known as pseudogynecomastia, refers to enlarged male breasts due to excess fat deposits rather than glandular tissue growth.

What is the pinch test for gynecomastia?

The pinch test involves gently pinching the breast tissue. If the enlargement is due to glandular tissue (true gynecomastia), there will be a firm mass behind the nipple. If it’s primarily fat (false gynecomastia), the area will feel softer.

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