The development of female-like breasts in young men and teenagers is referred to by medicine as gynecomastia. The causes of the condition are several and different, ranging from hormonal problems ? the most common ones ? to several medications or drugs. Gynecomastia, considered a disease by many medical circles, can be addressed regardless of the original cause. Treatment can be different but in 90% of cases is quite effective; the problem lies to the psychological effects of the condition to men, which can be really serious.
Men have great difficulties with this condition, which is the main cause of antisocial behavior among young men and teenagers. Gynecomastia can cause serious distress, problems in self consciousness and awareness, low self esteem, embarrassment. Gynecomastia by default causes several self image issues to men, issues that need to be addressed by an expert, before they can cause serious psychological and social problems.
In most cases, the medical part of the problem can be addressed and solved fast; whether it involves some medication and treatment, or surgery in more severe pathological cases, the condition is reversible and treatable, but the psychological effects of Gynecomastia are not easy to deal with. Most men have a hard time dealing with the emotional scarring caused by this condition. Gynecomastia can result in minority type complex behaviors, loss of self confidence and acceptance.
Men, both adults and teenagers, avoid relationships with other individuals while suffering from gynecomastia. Ridicule, intimidation and emotional blocking are among the serious consequences and effects of gynecomastia to men, who start questioning their sex and their ability to adapt to society. They also avoid relationships with the opposite sex and feel even less comfortable around them, as they think that they have an unwanted common characteristic with women.
Masculinity doesn?t rely on the non existence of breasts ? this is something that most patients hear all the time, however it can little affect or change their mind set. Men with Gynecomastia might need to deal with ridicule of others and the consequent emotions of shame and humiliation that can devastate their life.
Most men have a hard time going to the sea or pool, or get undressed for any reason. In most severe cases, breasts cannot be hidden by clothes either; this means that fear of humiliation is always present.
Men with gynecomastia feel seriously unattractive; this can affect their sexual relationships as well, as they feel reluctant to get undressed in front of a woman, fearing that she might feel uncomfortable or disgusted by the abnormal development of breasts. Their ability to form long-term intimate relationships can be affected or minimized.
Men who suffer from gynecomastia should deal with the issue from the beginning; in some cases men avoid seeking medical help, fearing rejection and humiliation, a fact that adds to their social and psychological problems. Addressing the physical part as soon as possible, with the aid of doctors and professionals, is crucial, not only for health reasons, but also because the final solution of the problem can help them prevent the serious psychological effects that gynecomastia can cause.