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Men and Hairloss

Updated on June 13, 2010

Medical advances have made it possible to prevent and even stop hairloss. Only a few years ago, a sentence like that would have sounded like a false promise but today there really are treatments available that can effectively stop a man from going bald. Most of those are in drug form and the key is to start taking them early.

If you’re suffering from hair loss or suspect that you might loose your hair, then you need to take action while you still have most of your hair. It is a lot harder to regrow hair that you’ve lost, than it is to keep the hair you still have.

Male Pattern Baldness

Poor men. Honestly, we women like to think our lives are so much harder than mens but most have no idea. Just take baldness as one example and imagine how you, as a woman, would feel if you knew that that is probably going to happen to you at some stage. Don’t even think about saying something like “it’s different for men so they don’t suffer as much”. Nobody is qualified to make such an assertion about someone else’s suffering.

The worst thing about male pattern baldness is that these poor guys don’t know if they’ll loose their hair right now, in a few years or never. All they know is that its very likely that they will. And as a result, most young men are checking their comb and brush every day, inspecting their pillows, looking into a double mirror to see if there is a bald patch forming at the back of their head. Because of that, for many men the problem of baldness is making them suffer long before they even get it. The threat of loosing your hair is a big problem in itself and ALL men have to live with that threat from as early as 17 years old. Yep, men can really start loosing their hair as young as that.

What to do when you’re loosing hair

If you are suffering from hairloss as a guy, the first thing you should do is go to a skin specialist and determine what the cause is. Don’t rely on internet research (like this article) for proper medical advice. Also you want to rule out other possible causes for your hairloss (such as a lack of nutrients or something like that). Then, when you’re pretty sure its male pattern baldness, you have a few options for treating it successfully (make sure you ask your specialist about these too). I would only trust those treatments that have been tested in double blind studies (and a qualified specialist is only likely to recommend those in the first place). Otherwise you may as well drink coke and hope that it works. Here are the most widely known treatments for male pattern baldness at a glance:

  1. Rogaine. This is a topical treatment that you apply to your scalp. It can cause irritation and has been confirmed to reduce hairloss and also regrow hair to a certain extent.Often this is the first serious attempt to halt the loss of your hair.
  2. Propecia. An oral medication with the main effective ingredient finasteride. This tackles the hairloss literally at the root of the problem by blocking the chemicals that cause it in the first place. Propecia has been confirmed to be highly effective in preventing more hair from falling out in about 80% of the patients.
  3. Avodart. Uses the active ingredient dutasteride and works very much like propecia but even more effective because it blocks even more of those chemicals that cause hairloss in men. However, Avodart has not been released officially for treating hairloss, and so you probably won’t get a doctor to prescribe it for you. It is still possible to buy avodart off the internet though but be careful to find a trustworthy source and tell your GP that you’re taking it so they can keep an eye on the possible side effects. Always try propecia first and only if it doesn’t work do I recommend trying avodart. Important: If you order Avodart from the internet, then you could contact GlaxoSmithKline (the manufacturer of Avodart) and send in a sample for them to analyze for authenticity. Its in their interest to make sure no false copies of their medication is being distributed as much as it is in yours.

Medical advances are so fast that its wise to keep up to date on the progress in hairloss treatments. Chances are very high that some day there won’t be any involuntary baldness anymore.Lets wait and see.

Some more points about male pattern baldness

Those treatments above are not suitable for women. In fact, propecia and avodart should literally not even get into the hands of pregnant women because some of the substances can be abosrbed though the skin and this could be harmful.

If you think that your father has not lost his hair, then you don’t need to worry either, think again. Male pattern baldness can be passed on by the mother as well and there was a study out a little while back that concluded that it is most often passed on through the mother. Even if nobody in your family seems to have it, you’re still not safe because nobody is I’m sorry to say.

I know this is easily said by a woman but try not to think its the end of the world. Lots of people prefer baldness which is why so many men shave their heads voluntarily. I wrote an article on head shaving and the appeal of baldness.

If you're perhaps only having problems growing your hair, then take a look at my article on how to grow long beautiful hair.


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      Lucy83 5 years ago

      Thanks for your comment tallwheel. I'm sorry these haven't worked for you, but fact of the matter is that they definitely do have a significant effect. Double blind studies have confirmed the effect of finasteride. Unfortunately they don't work for everyone and if none of them worked for you then you're one of those very unlucky people.

      I know that's not much of a help but to say their like a placebo is simply not correct.

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      tallwheel 5 years ago

      None of the three treatments you listed will work in all cases. In fact, data shows that all three of them seem to have little more effect than what can be attributed to placebo. Even a visit to the wikipedia page on hair loss treatments could have told you this. Also, there are tons of forums on the Net full of men, like me, who have tried all three of these treatments and several others and have seen no slowing of their male pattern baldness. The only treatments that seem effective at all are expensive, drastic, and some still on the horizon (stem cell treatment). Next time, please do more research before making statements like, " there really are treatments available that can effectively stop a man from going bald. Most of those are in drug form and the key is to start taking them early." You are only belittling a serious problem with this statement here. It is a shame because, otherwise, this article is refreshingly sympathetic to men who suffer from this problem.

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      Lucy83 7 years ago

      Well I'm sure that one day it'll be curable.

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      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I suffer from male pattern baldness and I am afraid it's too late for me - it has all gone on top. I have got used to it though.

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      Joannne 7 years ago from Albany NY

      Thanks Lucy.

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      Lucy83 7 years ago

      Thanks Joanne.

      Yes, "dermatologist" is the more snooty word for skin specialist.

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      Joanne 7 years ago

      Great Blog Lucy. Is a skin specialist the same as a dermatologist?