Gynecomastia (often called “man boobs)” is the enlargement of male breast tissue associated with a hormonal imbalance. This hormonal imbalance, which is more specifically an increase in estrogen, often occurs during a time period referred to as andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause is characterized by a set of symptoms that present themselves due to a decrease in testosterone levels as men age.
Low self-esteem, decrease in libido and changes in mood are only some of the emotional and psychological effects of gynecomastia. For this reason, it can be one of the most distressing symptoms of andropause.
Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy for men can treat hormonal imbalances that lead to gynecomastia. HRT treatment is a safe and effective way to eliminate gynecomastia at its source, without surgery. Global Life Rejuvenation physicians have successfully used HRT to help men with gynecomastia. Contact us to meet a physician and get started today.
The Role of Hormones in Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia occurs when testosterone levels and male estrogen levels are drastically out of balance. Between the ages of 40 to 55, testosterone levels begin to gradually decline in a process called andropause. With less testosterone to regulate and balance estrogen, estrogen levels can rise. Estrogen is mainly considered a female hormone, and has the effect of stimulating breast tissue growth.
Weight gain is also a common symptom of andropause and may also contribute to enlarged breasts. It is not unusual for men to experience weight gain and gynecomastia at the same time.
Other factors may contribute to increased estrogen and then lead to gynecomastia. If testosterone levels are already low as a result of andropause, certain products may exacerbate the hormonal imbalance:
- Herbal products that contain estrogen (soaps, shampoos and lotions)
- Poor nutrition
- The use of drugs and alcohol
Gynecomastia Treatment with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Some men choose to treat gynecomastia with male breast reduction surgery. This is an invasive approach that is often unnecessary.
At Global Life Rejuvenation, gynecomastia hormone treatment includes hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This method is successful without the need for surgery. Since the root cause of gynecomastia is hormonal imbalance, we choose to address this first.
In most cases, when testosterone and estrogen levels are balanced, gynecomastia is usually reduced or eliminated. Surgery should be the last option for treating gynecomastia.
Our Global Life Rejuvenation physicians will help you understand how to control or eliminate gynecomastia without surgery. We achieve this by balancing estrogen and testosterone levels through the use of a nutrition, supplement and fitness plan.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men Safe?
It’s important to remember that even though it’s called hormone replacement therapy, the goal of this treatment is not to replace someone’s hormone level to what they once had. Our process is to give a very small amount of hormones to supplement or to help your body naturally produce hormones that it no longer makes as a result of aging. By doing this, we alleviate symptoms associated with hormone imbalance and help you feel better.
HRT for men is completely safe when taken under the guidance of an expert practitioner. Among men, HRT has been proven to help prevent cardiovascular risks and type 2 diabetes. We don’t want anyone to suffer from gynecomastia when there’s a much better option available.
Contact Global Life Rejuvenation online or call us at 866-793-9933 to learn more about how hormone replacement therapy can treat gynecomastia without surgery.