Gynecomastia (a.k.a “man boobs”, “bitch tits”) represents the formation of female like breasts in men. The main reasons for the occurrence of this phenomenon are:
– hormonal imbalances
In general, men who develop gynecomastia have more of the female hormone (estrogen) than the male hormone (testosterone).
Many bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids to break the natural limits suffer from gynecomastia. When you start taking anabolic steroids, your testosterone levels rise, but since you are supplying your body from an external source, the natural production shuts down. Why? Because the body is constantly looking for balance.
It cannot stop you from injecting steroids, but it can stop natural production and increase the level of estrogen to balance things out.
– stimulation of the mammary glands by the hormone prolactin
Prolactin is a hormone regulating the development of the mammary glands. It allows female mammals to produce milk. Stress, drugs and other factors can increase the prolactin found in men.
– genetic anomalies
Can you avoid gynecomastia?
If you are using anabolic steroids, you are putting yourself at a high risk of gynecomastia. Steroid gurus come up with all kinds of drug cycles that are supposed to prevent or reverse the process, but there are no guarantees.
Even professional bodybuilders who have access to “underground” information suffer from gynecomastia. The general belief is that steroids which don’t promote aromatization (conversion of anabolic steroids and/or testosterone into estrogen) shouldn’t cause gynecomastia.
However, there are many cases when users of such steroids develop bitch tits too. One of the reasons for that phenomenon is that there are a lot of fake steroids today. It’s hard to know how much and exactly what you are taking. But even if your stuff is legit, you may still suffer from gynecomastia.
For the most part, there are two ways to remove gynecomastia – drugs and surgery. Changing your lifestyle and taking the right drugs can help you fight gynecomastia. However, if it’s an extreme case, a surgery may be your best bet. Since gynecomastia is not considered a serious medical condition, your health insurance may not cover it. Depending on where you live, you may have to pay serious money to get rid of it. At the same time, following a drug protocol is also expensive. It may take a lot of time to see results. If you see them at all.
Important factors to consider
1. Low-carb diets diminish the risk of developing gynecomastia. Cutting carbohydrates will suppress insulin and IGF-1. This will reduce the overall stimulatory effect on the mammary growth.
2. Having high body fat increases the risk of gynecomastia too. Body fat is the main site for androgens to convert to estrogens.