- Men's Health & Wellness
Men and Hairloss
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:
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.
- 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.
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.