Gynecomastia in Teens

Most teens find puberty to be an extremely difficult time of changes within their bodies which many aren’t prepared for. Puberty can be defined as a the sexual and physical maturation that involves the development of secondary sexual traits like hair under the arms and pubic areas, development of acne, change in voice and a growth surge in most male teenagers.

Puberty usually occurs to male teenagers between the ages of 11-14 in some boys and 10-13 in others. Another occurrence that is noticeable is the development of enlarged breasts. This is usually known to be Gynecomastia.

Causes of Gynecomastia in teenage boys.

Estrogen which is known as the female hormone and the male hormone, androgen, are the two types of hormones present in most teenage bodies in varying amounts. When a teenage body produces too much estrogen as compared to androgen, a hormone imbalance occurs. In some cases, a hormone imbalance can result from a delayed puberty. This can happen to those teenagers who even after attaining the age of 14 their testicular size or volume would have not increased. If this condition is inherited from a family member one can be assured of a normal puberty thereafter.

Types of Gynecomastia

Grades and Types of Gynecomastia

Grades and Types of Gynecomastia

Another cause can result from low testosterone levels in the bodies of some of the teenage boys. This condition is known as Hypogonadism and can result into one being obese. Obese teenage boys can have excess fats in their bodies that can result into enlarged breasts. Its common occurrence in teens.

Puberty in female teenagers includes the development and growth of female breast. Unlike the ability of teenage females to grow breast, some male teenagers are also able to grow breast though this is not a normal occurrence. This ability of teenage males to grow breast is known as Gynecomastia.

This condition is mostly evident in teenage boys of between 12 to 14 years of age. In most of the teenage boys, the condition is caused by the hormonal imbalance in their bodies. In addition to causing Gynecomastia, these hormonal imbalances are also responsible for other various specific changes in their bodies during their adolescent period. Some occurrences of Gynecomastia in teenage boys can be as a result of their obese bodies or even due to their exposed use of marijuana. Others, on a rare case can be caused by tumor.

Its cure and the time it takes to disappearance. Gynecomastia in teenage boy cannot be avoided but can be prevented or reduced and can go away eventually with time. Most Gynecomastia cases are known to disappear after puberty in teenage boys. This usually happens at the age of 18. Usually Gynecomastia occurs in one of the male teenage breasts. This can be a more scaring occurrence for most teenage boys. However, one should be able to understand that this is something normal and cannot last forever. In most cases it is advisable to wait until one‘s body hormones are in balance. It is then that the condition will go away.

There can be Gynecomastia due to the imbalanced levels of both the male and the female hormones. However, an obese teenager can poses enlarged breasts due to the excess fat tissues in the bodies. With a proper diet and regular workout exercises, one may be able to lose weight. In addition, the enlarged breasts can be able to disappear in a few months time.

In a case where the Gynecomastia in teenage boys appears to take long in order to disappear, one should be able to address the issue immediately they notice it and should be attend to by a doctor. And once the diagnosis is excluded, one can wait for it to go away. Generally Gynecomastia does not last for a long time. In most cases it usually last for 6 months.

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