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Man's Boobs: 'Life in Hell for a Man with Girl Breasts'

His nipples started to grow uncontrollably - and they seemed like a young woman's breasts. 

And if it does not stop soon he will have to start wearing a bra - so he spends most his days indoors,  ashamed of how he looks, and when he does go out he wears a jersey no matter how hot it is.

The sad young man from Mount Royal, Durban, who does not want his identity revealed, said his problem started a few years ago.

“She asked me about my boobs and then left. A few days later she dumped me. We are both women,” he complained.

“I went to the Poly Clinic in KwaMashu in June and nurses said it was a side effect of ARVs – but I don’t use ARVs,” he said.
Man with Breasts 

President of the Traditional Healers’ Association Sazi Mhlongo said the young man should consult an inyanga for muthi to force his boobs back. “Doctors said the samples will be sent for tests.” They said they would call him with the results.

Gynecomastia, informally known as "man boobs", is a common condition in men and boys. The breasts swell and become abnormally large. Gynecomastia is more common in newborn males, boys during puberty, and older men.

What is gynecomastia?
In the vast majority of cases, gynecomastia is not a serious problem. However, it may be psychologically difficult to cope with.

Apart from affecting self-confidence and causing embarrassment, some men and boys may also experience pain in their breasts.

Gynecomastia is not caused by extra fat from being overweight. It is caused by extra breast tissue. So, doing exercise or losing weight will not get rid of it.

There are other conditions, such as pseudogynecomastia, in which fat builds up in the breasts, and are sometimes associated with being overweight or obese.

What are the signs and symptoms of gynecomastia?

  • Signs and symptoms may occur in one or both breasts.
  • The breast gland tissue swells.
  • The breast becomes tender.
  • The diameter of the areola increases, or the chest tissue becomes asymmetrical. The areola is the ring of pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.

What are the causes of gynecomastia?
A Hormone imbalance between the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. Estrogen, the "female" hormone, makes breast tissue grow, while testosterone, the "male" hormone, has inhibitory effects at the breast tissue level (it stops estrogen from making breast tissue grow).

As mentioned above, gynecomastia is caused by extra breast tissue, not fat accumulation.

Over 50% of newborn males are born with enlarged breasts. This is because they have high levels of estrogen, which came from the mother. As the estrogen levels return to normal, the swelling goes away, usually within a few weeks.

Swollen breasts become more common among males as they get reach middle and old age. This is because older men produce less testosterone. Older males are usually fatter than young men, which results in more estrogen being produced.

Kidney failure
Alcohol abuse - most medical and family practice websites mention that alcohol abuse raises the risk of enlarged male breasts.

Liver disease
Radiation treatmen of the testicles. Cannabis/marijuana and other illegal drugs - several studies have looked into whether there might be a link between cannabis use and gynecomastia.

Some have found an association while others have not detected a significant link. Infections or lumps in the testicles.

Medications - several medications can cause the breasts in men to enlarge, including:

  • Some antibiotics
  • Some ulcer medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Tea tree oil and lavender products
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Tiazepam (Valium) and some other drugs for treating anxiety
  • Some HIV medications, including efavirenz (Sustiva). - Online Sources 

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