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Demystifying Gynecomastia: Men with Breasts

Merle James Yost; LMFT

Verlag:, 2006
ISBN 10: 0977719901 / ISBN 13: 9780977719907
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Titel: Demystifying Gynecomastia: Men with Breasts


Erscheinungsdatum: 2006

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Inhaltsangabe: Who would think that a simple game of Shirts and Skins could bring terror to a young boy s heart? This ordinary childhood ritual can feel like a fate worse than death for a boy with Gynecomastia, and in some cases, a game like this can put a boy in real danger. Gynecomastia, the development of breast tissue in a male, can range from pea-sized to fully developed breast. The inability of the liver to process all of testosterone in the bloodstream causes the excess to be converted to estrogen. Some estimate it happens to 90% of boys to some degree. For most, it dissolves once the hormones stabilize and the liver adjusts to the new levels. For a certain percentage of males, the hormone stabilization happens later and the growth of breast tissue is obvious and permanent, causing for many severe emotional harm and often a lifetime of body self-consciousness. This self-consciousness will prevent them from feeling normal and may stop them from participating in many of the rites of becoming a man. There is no agreement as to what percentage of boys develops Gynecomastia and in what percentage it does not go away. Gynecomastia in and of itself is a benign condition. However, it does signal that there are other things going on in the body. Hypothyroidism, Klinefelter Syndrome, Gilberts syndrome, Hepatitis, alcoholism, are common causes of gynecomastia. The increase of obesity in adults and children has also contributed to the epidemic. In recent years, prescription medications including Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, the SSRIs, acid reflux drugs, and prostate drugs are causing a wave of adult onset Gynecomastia that impacts men around the world. This condition is destroying childhoods, self-confidence and the lives of men and boys. gets 100,000 hits per month; men, boys, and parents look there for answers and support. Most have never heard of this condition until their family doctor identifies it. Often that doctor is unaware of the cause and

Über den Autor: Merle Yost is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland, California. He publishes, a free service, and has been interviewed for print publications and for a major television documentary called Men with Breasts in the United States and Boys with Breasts in the United Kingdom. He has co-authored or edited four previous books on other topics.

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