In layman terms, gynecomastia refers to the condition in males whereby their breast tissues undergo immoderate growth thus leading to enlargement of their chest. Gynecomastia is a combination of two Greek words:
- Gyanik _ means female
- Mastos_ means breast
Thus, gynecomastia refers to female breasts. This condition is neither fatal nor does it affect the routine life of a man. However, it is extremely harmful to the self-confidence of any individual as it makes them conscious of their appearance and ashamed of their own body.
Who Suffers From Gynecomastia?
Statistics from the US manifest that about thirty-six per cent of young males suffer from this problem as compared to a massive 57% of older males. As much as three million cases of gynecomastia are reported annually.
Ranging from embarrassment to poor self-esteem, there are a number of reasons why the men suffering from gynecomastia are reluctant to share their plight with their family members. The ultimate result is that the men who are forced to live with this condition may suffer in their sexual life for the fear of being ridiculed may affect their relation with their partner.