Whether you know them as man boobs, moobs, bitch tits, man breasts.
Or anything else for that matter.
You’ll know that the condition known as gynecomastia is a man’s worst nightmare.
Today we are going to be looking at how to get rid of gyno as we cover as much info about gynecomastia as we possibly can.
When it comes to working out and staying in shape.
Many of us do so with the intention of looking as awesome as is humanly possible.
We lift weights to build muscle and burn fat because we want a body that a Greek God himself would be envious of.
Now, as controversial as the topic may be, there are quite a lot of bodybuilders out there that use anabolic steroids to help them get to where they want to be.
We’re not here today to get into a debate about the dangers of steroids.
We know that they can be dangerous, just as do you.
We don’t condone the use of steroids, but we don’t judge those that use them either.
When it comes to steroids.
However, the reason why we’re looking at how to get rid of gynecomastia naturally today is that it is a very common side-effect associated with the use of anabolic steroids.
If you suffer from gyno, or if you’re worried you may suffer from it in the future.
Here is your ultimate guide to gynecomastia.
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Gynecomastia is, very simply a process where males begin to grow breasts, similar to women’s.
Basically, the chest begins to change shape so that it resembles more of a female’s than a male’s.
Simply put, gynecomastia, or gyno for short, is a condition where male breast tissue begins to enlarge.
Sometimes it simply results in the nipples looking a little swollen and puffy.
Whereas in extreme cases, the male chest can literally resemble that of a female’s as if they have real female breasts.
There are actually a number of different causes of gynecomastia in men.
And not all of them are to do with steroids.
There are some men out there that are in pretty bad shape.
And is clear that they do not lift weights and would.
Therefore, have no reason to be using anabolic steroids.
Those that have gyno will, therefore, have got it another way.
More often than not, it’s all down to diet.
Not only can excess body fat cause you to store fat on your chest.
But it can also affect your testosterone levels, as can diet.
You see, more and more foods now contain artificial ingredients that negatively affect hormone levels in the body, including testosterone levels.
These foods lower testosterone and boost Estrogen.
This results in physiological changes taking place in the body, resulting in the growth of breast tissue.
As mentioned, diet and weight can cause gynecomastia in men, as well as abnormal hormone levels.
In bodybuilders, one of the main causes of gynecomastia is the improper use of steroids.
You see, it all comes down to estrogen.
Estrogen is the female equivalent of testosterone.
And it is a man’s worst nightmare.
Estrogen causes weight gain, hormone abnormalities, and gyno.
You see, when estrogen in the body binds onto receptors in the chest, it causes breast tissue to grow, just as it does in women.
More than 90% of men suffering from gyno have unusually high amounts of Estrogen in their bodies.
We all have a little Estrogen in our bodies, but if these levels get too high, that’s where the problems arise.
Now, when bodybuilders use steroids, some steroids are undergoing a process known as aromatization.
In the body, an aromatase enzyme is actually taken existing testosterone and converts it into Estrogen.
That’s right, ironically when taking steroids to boost testosterone, in some cases the exact opposite effect can take place.
When steroids aromatize, testosterone is converted to Estrogen.
This is why some bodybuilders destroy their natural testosterone productions and rely on testosterone replacement injections for the rest of their lives.
Now, they don’t store fat elsewhere, and in fact, with a shirt on, they look awesome.
As soon as the shirt comes off, however, it becomes apparent that they are suffering from a severe case of man boobs.
Though symptoms vary from person to person, some of the main symptoms associated with gyno include:
If you are currently using steroids to help enhance your physique and/or performance, one thing you should watch out for is sensitivity in the nipple area.
Many steroid users report tenderness and sensitivity in the nipples, even before any visible effects of gynecomastia begin to make themselves known.
As time goes by and the condition worsens, this sensitivity can go on to be fairly painful.
Another thing to watch for when it comes to the gyno is the puffiness of the nipples.
Ordinarily, after experiencing sensitivity in the nipples, many steroid users suffering from gyno have reported puffiness in and around the nipple area, for example, Ulisses Jr.
The nipples become swollen and puffy and sometimes resemble miniature traffic cones as they take on a conical shape.
As the condition worsens still, many gyno sufferers have reported pain and sensitivity in the arm, particularly under the armpit.
As the breast tissue swells and expands, it can reach under the armpit and can result in pain and discomfort when lifting the arms and extending them into the air.
In milder cases of gyno, the only apparent signs of the condition are slight masses, or a small lump, underneath the nipple area.
Now, if you notice a lump on your chest, no matter how certain you are that it is nothing, you need to ensure that you see a doctor and get it checked out, just to be on the safe side.
If you insist on using anabolic steroids to build muscle, it’s important that you know what to do to help prevent gyno.
In actual fact, not only should you do this just to prevent gyno, you should do it to help ensure you are protected against the other side-effects of steroid use.
If you use steroids, always use them as instructed, and always make sure that you know what you are taking.
This will mean buying from a trusted supplier and/or having it tested.
To help prevent aromatizing effects, you should always run post cycle therapy, or PCT, after you finish a cycle.
This will help prevent estrogen build up and will help keep your testosterone levels healthy.
This, in turn, will help you avoid gynecomastia.
As appealing as it is to be big and jacked.
Arguably the biggest concern for steroid users is gyno.
No dude wants to be rocking a set of C cups with puffy nipples the size of traffic cones.
Some guys are more prone to gyno than others, and even with PCT.
Gyno isn’t guaranteed to be avoided.
If you’re worried about gyno, there are steroids out there that do not cause gyno.
While there are some that are less likely to cause gyno.
The two that do not cause it are Winstrol and Anavar.
What do these steroids have in common?
Well, primarily they are both used for cutting.
Anavar is a very weak steroid that has very few side effects.
Winstrol is a little more potent.
But it still will not cause gyno.
These steroids do not aromatize.
Which means that they are not converted into estrogen.
It also means that they will not cause naturally occurring testosterone to convert to Estrogen either.
What a lot of people are often surprised by.
Is the fact that Trenbolone is actually very, very unlikely to cause gynecomastia either.
People think that because it’s so powerful.
It will surely be more likely to cause man boobs but in reality, that’s not the case at all.
In case you were wondering, the steroids that are most likely to cause gyno are: Testosterone, Dianabol, Deca, and Anadrol.
Remember, PCT should always be used after a steroid cycle.
Even if you aren’t at risk of gyno.
PCT is about so much more than just preventing man boobs so don’t ever skip it.
Now that we’ve looked at what to do to prevent gyno, we need to look at what you can do to get rid of it if you do suffer from it.
Here are several useful tips:
First and foremost, when it comes to using steroids, you simply cannot afford to take any chances whatsoever.
That means that you have to make sure that you take the necessary safety precautions and use them as instructed.
Following a steroid cycle, you should always, always run a course of PCT.
Now, what you use and how long you run your course will depend on what you have been taking.
Generally speaking, however, there are two compounds that are found in pretty much all PCT courses, and they are Clomid and Nolvadex.
Some stacks the two together, whereas others use either one or the other.
The reason we use PCT is to protect the body from the harmful effects of steroids.
As mentioned, when steroids aromatize, they convert testosterone into Estrogen.
Estrogen can then cause an increase in breast tissue in men – resulting in bitch tits.
The last thing you want is a case of gyno spoiling your physique, so you should always finish a steroid cycle with PCT.
This next one will be very painful to read about, but it is something that is necessary when it comes to the gyno.
Studies have found that when a man ejaculates, his prolactin levels increase drastically.
Prolactin is another female-dominant hormone that is also found in men.
In women, it is the hormone responsible for the production of milk, and for the growth of breast tissue.
Too much of this hormone in men, however, will cause an increase in breast tissue as well.
Have you ever noticed that, after ejaculating, you normally feel sluggish and lethargic?
This is because your testosterone levels have dropped because of the prolactin.
Prolactin actually increases, and what’s more, it also stimulates increases in, yep you guessed it – Estrogen again!
Whether you like to spend time alone, if you catch our drift, or if you and your partner like to get busy often, you may wish to cut back on the sexy time if your gyno is becoming a serious issue.
In mild cases of gyno where hormone fluctuations are generally not responsible.
It is actually possible to get rid of it naturally through exercise and diet alone.
You see, if your moobs are simply caused as a result of storing too much fat around your chest, by losing fat you can reduce your moobs until they are gone completely.
Ideally, you should clean up your diet and perform plenty of exercises.
In particular, you should really work on your pectoral muscles and perform exercises like bench presses, push-ups, flies, cable crossovers, and so on.
These exercises will help to build up the pectoral muscles and firm everything up, so you needn’t worry about a saggy and flabby chest.
With full-on cases of gyno, unfortunately, there is no real way of getting rid of gyno naturally once it has set in.
If you suffer from gyno and can’t seem to get rid of it through any of the measures listed above.
Then the only thing you can do is going under the knife and have surgery.
Gynecomastia surgery is a fairly straightforward procedure that is incredibly effective.
Though this is not a proven fact, it is widely believed that Dwayne The Rock Johnson actually underwent surgery for gyno when he was just making a name for himself in the WWE, which was then the WWF.
Ordinarily, The Rock would wrestle in black tights, boots, knee pads, and elbow pads.
This meant that his body was on display.
In late 98/early 99, you could see a distinct puffiness around his nipples.
At 6ft 5 and 275 pounds, many believed this was due to gyno caused by steroids.
Rock underwent surgery and from December 98 through
March 99, he would wrestle in black sweatpants and a black t-shirt.
When he revealed his physique again as he switched back to his black wrestling tights, he looked decidedly more toned and his nipples were no longer puffy or swollen.
So, we’ve looked at how to get rid of gyno naturally, as well as what to do to prevent it, but what can you do if you have gyno?
First of all, it’s important that you don’t panic.
If your gyno is brought on because of steroids, just read through the info listed above and see what you can try.
If surgery does look like your only option, then don’t put it off, get it booked right away so you can get back on the road to recovery.
Many men actually have mild cases of gyno that are barely noticeable, and therefore they don’t even realize.
Remain calm, assess the situation, and seek help whenever possible.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.