Gynecomastia Caused by Steroids. How Do I Treat It?

Gynecomastia Caused by Steroids. How Do I Treat It?

Gynecomastia can be a socially debilitating condition. This is particularly so if your gynecomastia was caused by your desire to look good by taking steroids


Medical causes of gynecomastia

There are many medicines that cause gynecomastia.  These include anti-hypertensive medication to lower blood pressure and anti-ulcer medications as well as some heart medications. Long-term use of prescribed steroids for the relief of muscle or breathing problem can also add to the problems faced by sufferers of the condition

However, the majority of drug-induced gynecomastia is linked to a class of drugs that are sold illegally without prescription on the black market to bodybuilders and fitness fanatics.


Why do steroids cause gynecomastia?

Anabolic steroids, growth promoters and hormone enhancers can all cause Gynecomastia. The effects can become permanent as little as one week after someone begins taking them.  Anabolic steroid users are some of the highest risk candidates for Gynecomastia due to the direct mode of action once administered to the body.

Most anabolic steroids are testosterone derived and as such, they convert to oestrogen in the body via the aromatase enzyme. This causes a build-up of oestrogen in the body that binds to the receptors in the pectorals causing Gynecomastia.


Can male breast reduction surgery cure my gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia surgery is effectively breast reduction surgery for men.  It is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic. There are several techniques but in most cases, the operation involves making an incision around the nipple and then using liposuction to suck out the excess fatty tissue.

If there is a lot of tissue to be removed the surgeon will reposition the nipples to ensure an aesthetically pleasing result.

The surgery is rarely available on the NHS, but private medical treatment organised by Private cosmetic typically costs in the £3,500 to £4,500 range for a male breast reduction.

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