10 Ways to Reverse or Reduce Gynecomastia
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What is Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is the development of breast tissue in men. It usually appears in the form of fat tissue or deposits underneath a man's nipples. Gyno is short for Gynecomastia. The photo you see at the top of this page is taken from a Gynecomastia patient with slightly enlarged breast on his right chest.
What Causes Gyno or Gynecomastia?
Many believe that a shift in the testosterone vs estrogen ratio in a man's body can cause Gynecomastia. Specifically, it happens when the estrogen level begins to elevate in relation of the testosterone level in a man's body.
Gynecomastia can happen when a man ages and can also be caused by many factors including hormonal imbalance and certain medications.
Propecia or Finasteride Induced Gynecomastia
One medication that can potentially cause Gynecomastia in men is the hair loss pill Propecia. Finasteride is the active ingredient in Propecia. A report published in the International Journal of Trichology and US National Libray of Medicine cited that Gynecomastia is a potential side effect that can be associated with Finasteride even in low dose. Also, some patients have observed residual enlargement in breast tissue even after drug cessation.
10 Ways to Reverse or Reduce Gynecomastia
Here we discuss 10 ways to reverse or educe the symptoms of Gynecomastia. Before we proceed, please understand that what we present here do not constitute medical advice or opinion. It is very important that you consult your doctor before following any of the suggestions presented below. The recommendations below may or may not help in your case and could possibly cause harm too if you do not first consult your doctor.
Not in any particular order.
1. Stop Propecia, Finasteride
If your Gynecomastia is indeed caused by use of certain medicaitons, the first thing that you should do is to stop the medications immediately after consulting with your doctor. For those who are on Propecia or Finasteride, you should consider other options for hair loss as opposed to using these medications that give you enlarged breast tissue. Drug cessation may not complete reverse the symptoms but it should prevent the problem from getting worse.
2. Andractim DHT Gel to Reverse or Reduce Gynecomastia
Some doctors prescribe Andractim DHT Gel to treat Gynecomastia and even male menopause symptoms. Do not confuse DHT gel with Testosterone or TGel cream. Topical DHT cream is better for reducing Gynecomastia symptoms than topical testosterone because DHT does not convert to estrogen like testosterone does. Andractim DHT Gel is made by Laboratoires Besins-Iscovesco in France. Contact us if you have trouble locating this product.
3. Surgery to Reverse or Reduce Gynecomastia
Surgery is by far the most effective way to reverse or reduce Gynecomastia or male enlarged breast tissue. Surgical procedure can target the problem areas, remove excess fat and even glandular tissue to restore a firmer contour to the chest. But please note that Gynecomastia can come back for some patients even after surgical removal.
4. Tamoxifen to Treat Gynecomastia
If you visit some body building sites, you will see that some men take Tamoxifen to reverse or reduce the symptoms of Gynecomastia and claim that this is quite effective for their conditions. However, please be very careful and consult your doctor first before doing anything. Tamoxifen is a prescription medication that is mostly used for treating or preventing breast cancer. Talk to your doctor first.
5. DIM or DIINDOLYLMETHANE for Excess Estrogen
DIM or Diindolylmethane is a natural compound found in certain cruciferous vegetables such as brussel sprouts, broccoli and kale etc. DIM is available as a supplement in pills or capsule form. Some believe that DIM can help remove or block excess estrogen from the body. There are indeed quite a few online reviews from both men and women who said DIM has helped them in many ways. Here's one of the testimonials we found online: "Started taking it for the estrogen blocking benefits. Has worked very well for Me. I take medicines that can increase estrogen in a Mans body. Have lost a lot of weight and have deeper contractions from work outs. These are some benefits I have seen. SG"
6. Chrysin to Reduce Estronge
Some suggest that both Chrysin and DIM are natural aromatase inhibitors. Chrysin is a kind of flavonoids and can be found in whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables and especially honey and propolis. Many bodybuilders use Chrysin as supplements and believe that the aromatase inhibition activity by chrysin could block the conversion of androgens into estrogens.
7. Epistane or Epitiostanol as Anti Estrogenic Compound
Epistane is popular in the the world of bodybuilding. Epistane is an anti-estrogenic dry compound made from DHT derived prohormone that many bodybuilders use to aid in adding lean muscle mass and reducing body fat. It is reported that Epistane has anti estrogen or SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator) like properties which can block the effects of estrogen in the body. Some websites cited that some users with gyno problems said that it disappeared after using epistane. At the time when this article is published, we were told that Epistane has been banned in the US.
8. Avoid Foods that Raise Estrogen
Food plays a large part in our well being. Avoid foods that can elevate estrogen in our body in order to prevent your gynecomastia condition from getting worse. Examples of foods that may raise estrogen levels in our body are dairy products, refined sugar, carbohydrates, meats and processed foods. Soy is another product that is known to raise the estrogen level in our body, however there are conflicting views on this topic as well.
9. Consume Foods that Lower Estrogen
Equally important as avoiding estrogenic foods is to consume foods that can lower estrogen level in our body. Examples include whole grains, legumes, fruits and cruciferous vegetables. A flavonoid-rich plant based diet may play a big role in the reduction of estrogen-dependent disease and medical conditions including gynecomastia or enlarged breast in men. Flavonoid inhibition of aromatase activity through a plant based diet may reduce overall estrogen level in our body.
10. Avoid Exposure to Chemical Estrogens
Few realize that our environment and basic household items in our daily lives can also contribute to elevated estrogen level in our body. Many household items we come into contact with on a daily basis can be loaded with chemical estrogens. For example, the chemical Bisphenol-A is present in most plastics and it can leech into the water in plastic bottles as well as your food via plastic microwave containers.
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