What Is Gynecomastia?

The word gynecomastia stems from the Greek word, gyne, meaning woman, or female and mastos (mastia ), meaning breasts. Which together seem harmless unless you are a man who doesn’t want them. Gyncomastia is the presence of larger than “normal” breasts on the male form.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

The condition is normally from abundant growth in glandular and fatty tissue in the male breast, giving the appearance of small to medium breasts and occurs in roughly 40 to 60% of men. The causes can range from hereditary factors, hormonal imbalances, obesity, steroid use, marijuana use, benign or malignant breast tumors, fibrosis, genetic disorders, Klinefelter Syndrome, testicular atrophy and/or failure, supplemental hormones and other medications, and lastly, liver disease.

Gynecomastia may be present at birth, occur during the onset of puberty, throughout life due to any of the above reasons or from something as simple as the normal aging process toward the end of our lives.