Do you have gynecomastia even though you are a natural bodybuilder? People in the fitness industry tend to say that the only people with gynecomastia are the ones using performance-enhancing drugs. That is not the case. Gynecomastia can appear during puberty as a natural bodybuilder, and if you are unlucky – it can stay for a very long time!
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Gynecomastia as a natural bodybuilder? You’re not alone!
Well, you’re not alone! Hopefully, this makes you feel better. Plenty of people have gynecomastia which usually develops during puberty.
The teenager goes through a normal hormonal change which is produced by the body’s glands. Gynecomastia is a condition which forms breast tissues. These hormonal change is the reason men have a deeper voice, develop their muscles or start growing facial hair.
Both men and women will produce androgen and estrogen hormones during these phases. Estrogen is at a higher level of production for women – this hormone develops most female traits like breast.
Androgens is the hormone which helps men develop their traits.
While guys usually have a high production of androgens and a low production of estrogen, they sometimes end up producing more estrogen than needed. This is when the gynecomastia condition appears. Because of the higher than usual amount of estrogen produced, the man starts growing breast tissue.
The thing is, for most teenagers and men, gynecomastia will typically come and go. In some cases, it will come and stay. That, my friend, can be a daunting experience.
What’s the point of going to the gym if you have puffy nipples?
Can’t wear a white shirt? Of course you can! But that might be frustrating as someone with gynecomastia.
First, you may feel like it simply doesn’t look good. Secondly, you might be called out for using performance-enhancing drugs even though you’re not someone looking to compete professionally or use any PEDs. So that might be bothering.
But who cares? That’s what people say.
Unless you are a saint, you will care – because this is your body, many people do.
That thing called gynecomastia appeared… and never went away.
Aside from the mental effects, the sensation of gynecomastia isn’t pleasant either, it gets very swollen and irritated when it’s hot.
Even if you are not doing anything, but you let your attention go to it, you can feel your nipples are big and swollen. There is like an extra weight on your chest, which is uncomfortable.
Eventually, you get used to it, but then each time you want to wear a nice and tight T-shirt, it comes back and shows.
You might have realised that pinching your nipple will help reduce it in size for a little while, but that is temporary, and it can’t be your go-to solution.
You have gynecomastia but you do not go to the gym, will going to the gym help you?
Maybe working on getting a bigger chest and hitting the gym will help you get rid of gynecomastia?
This is one of the reasons a lot of people with gynecomastia start going to the gym. Unfortunately, this is not an extra fat problem. Gynecomastia is caused by the glands which sit under the nipples. This means going to the gym won’t change anything about your gynecomastia.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to the gym though, improving your body confidence in other areas will help with your mental outlook. Try it out anyway, it can’t hurt!
If you thought of going to the gym, try it out anyway, it can’t hurt! You can read our starting guide here.
What are the solutions?
What happens if you have gynecomastia and it’s not going away? You will need to go see your doctor.
There are usually two options:
- Get surgery
- Use a cream (this sadly doesn’t work for everyone, but it is definitely worth a try!)
If the cream doesn’t work, then the only other option is a surgery that will cost several thousand pounds.
That can be frustrating when it is for a condition that you did not ask for and isn’t your fault.
Is surgery your only option to get rid of gyno?
It is, unfortunately, always your last option if your gynecomastia has been around for a long time.
If it has persisted for more than a year, it is most likely not going to go away by itself.
Now, you will have to make sure this is not adipomastia. Some people who used to be overweight will store fat around the nipple area. When we talk about gynecomastia, we are talking about glands.
The real issue with having to go for surgery is the price. Gynecomastia surgeries can get quite expensive. You might get refunded, partially refunded, or not refunded at all depending on the country you live in.
If you genuinely have gynecomastia and not adipomastia then you will be more likely to receive a partial or full refund as it’s then not classed as cosmetic surgery. People who have voluntary liposuction, for example, would have to pay full price as that is classified as cosmetic surgery when it isn’t for a condition such as gynecomastia.
If your gynecomastia was genuinely a hormonal issue (not linked to steroid use) and you can prove it, you might then be able to get refunded to an extent.
Before going to the doctor, you might want to bring with you old photos of your gynecomastia if this appeared before you even started working out. This will be good proof that you genuinely had it at a young age.
Doctors might not like it if you are trying to get your insurance to refund you if the gynecomastia was your fault (through the use of steroids for example).
Bringing as much proof as you can and pointing out the fact that it affects your well-being is essential when you go see the doctor.
How much does surgery cost for gynecomastia?
Google says that the average price for gynecomastia surgery is around 4k. Yes, it is very expensive.
Although if you search for it, you might be able to find cheaper, maybe around 1.5k to 3k if you’re lucky.
We wanted to share these complete videos from the channel Better Aesthetics Bodybuilding where Nick Covill explains his experience as a natural bodybuilder with gynecomastia and the whole process of getting rid of his gyno.
Nick mentions that his surgery was only $500, but he knew the doctor so he might have got himself a super deal. He also says in the comments that although it was a lucky price, he thinks there will be other doctors doing it for cheaper than the average.
What’s the average price per country?
France: The price in France for gynecomastia surgery is between 2500 euros and 5000 euros. Note that it can be completely refunded if this is real gynecomastia which appeared during puberty. Countries like France with good healthcare and insurance which you contribute to will undoubtedly refund you the cost of the surgery.
USA: The average cost for gynecomastia surgery in the USA is $4000. Unfortunately, in the US, you might not benefit from a refund if you do not have good healthcare insurance. There are alternatives to this issue, for example, you could get surgery in another country. Although you might have to consider the cost of travel and other related expenses.
UK: In the UK, if you have had gynecomastia for a very long time, the surgery may be covered on the NHS. If you require the surgery done privately, then you will be looking at £3500-£5000.
Turkey: In Turkey, prices are lower, costing around 1.9k to 2.6k on average. The question is whether or not you can find a good surgeon there. You will need to do some research before making a decision. That could be a good option if you are from Europe and prices in your country are way too high. Flights to Turkey are not expensive, and it might save you a lot of money.
You can find more information on blog.flymedi where we got the information from.
You should try and look on the forums if there are any good and cheap surgeon around your area or country.
How to deal with gynecomastia if you cannot afford a surgery?
First, if you are a teenager or just had signs of gynecomastia recently, you might want to wait to see if it goes away by itself. It is normal in some cases to have gynecomastia during puberty. So, unless it has already been a year or two, you should wait to see whether it’ll go.
If it does not go away and you cannot afford to go for surgery yet, you might have to live with it for a little while.
But how do you deal with such a thing?
Well, the first thing would be to fully accept it and fully accept the criticism which will come with it.
Luckily, people won’t notice it the way you notice it. Indeed in the bodybuilding field or at the gym, people know what gynecomastia is, and it’s easy to get judged for it. But for most people outside of the gym world, they won’t really see it.
People will tell you that it’s not as bad as you think. Truth is, we are always more concerned about our body than others are.
If you struggle with your gynecomastia at the gym, simply be honest about it when you talk to your friends.
Just say, “I have got that annoying thing called gynecomastia, people will think I’m on steroids lol :(” and move on! Once it’s said, it’s over and will be a huge relief.
Anyway, there will always be people doubting your awesome results in the gym, whether you have gynecomastia or not! At least, you now know that you are not alone and a lot of natural bodybuilders or individuals also have it.
If that helps, leave a comment below and connect with other people who might have the same issue!