Dr. Shelly Sharma
Oncoradiologist, Breast Radiologist
MBBS, DNB( Radiodiagnosis ). Observorship in Breast Imaging , Mayo Clinic, USA. Fellowship in Ultrasound guided Tumor ablation , Samsung Medical Centre, South Korea. Fellowship in onco radiology , National Cancer Centre, Singapore.
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Having male boobs or “moobs” is quite common among adolescent boys, as many as 65 percent of 14-year-old boys have them. This condition, is known as gynecomastia, meaning female like breasts. It occurs due to imbalance between the male hormones testosterone and female hormone estrogen.(Both men and women produce these sex hormones; women have much more estrogen than testosterone, while men have more testosterone than estrogen.) The enlargement disappears within three years in upto 90 percent of teenagers.
There may be an accumulation of excessive fat in your breast area or it may be development of glandular tissue. Some drugs such as antidepressants, sedatives, use of marijuana, alcohol, heroin, and the steroids used to improve athletic performance can cause gynecomastia. Anabolic steroids are commonly used amongst gym goers for body building. If you are taking any of the drugs or anabolic steroids then stopping these may solve your problem. Obesity can be responsible for your “moobs”, because excess of fatty tissue can lead to increase in total body estrogen. In this case, weight loss can help correct the problem.
You should get yourself evaluated by an endocrinologist who will establish the cause of your gynecomastia. If it is due to hormonal imbalance he may prescribe certain antiestrogen medicines such as clomiphene or tamoxifen.
You may consider breast reduction surgery if you are very self-conscious about your enlarged breasts and it is not responding to medical treatment.
This information is for general guidance and reflects the opinions and experience of the author. It is not intended to replace specialist consultation or provide treatment advice for specific cases.