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Bodybuilding and Gynecomastia: Bitch Tits

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Gynecomastia, referred to in bodybuilding circles as ‘gyno’ and ‘bitch tits’, is the development of abnormally large mammary glands in men, resulting in breast tissue and the formation of male ‘breasts’. Gynecomastia can develop during puberty or naturally during adult life as part of a sexual hormone imbalance.

Anabolic steroids popular with weightlifters seeking an extra boost are also a cause, as they raise estrogen levels in men. Some anabolic steroids are peripherally converted to estrogen. When these substances are used both anabolic hormone and estrogen levels rise. High estrogen levels will sooner or later cause gynecomastia in most users. Anabolic steroid use is also infamous for causing the testicles to atrophy, decrease in size and become dormant.

When you take anabolic steroids your testosterone levels rise. This is a good thing, as it provides the strength gains while the anabolic steroids provide your size gains. After a while, the body will up estrogen production to balance. The more steroids you take, the bigger the rise in testosterone and the bigger the resultant rise in estrogen.

Abruptly stopping the use of these steroids greatly increases the chances of developing gynecomastia. The testicles return to their regular size and function over the space of a few months and while testosterone levels are low and the anabolic hormones are absent from the system, estrogren takes over and causes unstable moods, a decreased libido and a potentially permanent increase in breast size.

I’ve been around anabolic steroids for many years now, and constant exposure to users of anabolic steroids has taught me vital lessons. One of these lessons is the positive effects of anti-estrogen treatments like Proviron and Nolvadex. From my experience, Nolvadex is the superior product, but only because it’s stronger. Anti-estrogren treatments may also improve the gains during a cycle of use as you won’t have the estrogen limiting the testosterone. Instead of investing in more anabolic steroids, it might be wise to add some anti-estrogrens to your cycle. Even if it has never happened to you, there’s nothing stopping it happening to you with your next cycle.

It is best to slowly lower the dosage of the anti-estrogen after your cycle so that your body can return to a balanced level gradually instead of creating a sudden imbalance in hormone levels. Such a sudden change in chemical levels in the body is never wise as overloading the balancing mechanisms can cause problems. As long as you keep lifting you should retain most of your gains, but do expect to dip a little bit from your high while using steroids.

In the end, it’s best if you don’t take anabolic steroids at all. You might get a mass increase but at what cost? If gynecomastia does occur as a result of anabolic steroids and not obesity, then generally the only solution will be surgery.

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