Male Pattern Hair Loss Baldness, What Can You Do?

Over 85% of men will suffer from some form of hair loss during their lifetimes. Most of them will go bald due to male pattern baldness which starts slowly, and becomes more visible over time. For some men, male pattern baldness begins in their late teenage years or in their early 20′s. There have been recorded cases of male pattern baldness, also known as MPB, in boys as young as 16. Once MPB starts, it can be very difficult or impossible to stop.

No one really knows for sure what causes male pattern baldness, and if you ask five different experts to establish the cause you may get five different opinions. Most experts accept androgen as a hormonal cause for male pattern hair loss. During puberty, a teenage male will start producing more of the male hormone testosterone – a hormone that turns young boys into physically mature men.

Testosterone itself does not cause harm during puberty, except when it causes the body to generate dihydrotesterone (DHT). DHT creates an abnormal hormone balance in the body, and the body acts as though it’s allergic to it. The allergic reaction can result in the loss of hair from the scalp, although no other part of the body will suffer any hair loss because DHT mysteriously targets only the scalp.

Patients living with male pattern baldness have been shown to have much higher levels of DHT in their scalp than any other place on their body. For this reason, it appears DHT is the cause of hair thinning or falling out.

The link between genetics and male pattern baldness is very strong. Current research indicates that bald men inherited the baldness genes from their mother and not their father. Many believed a bald father guaranteed they would also go bald, but this has been shown to not always be true.

When a hair falls out of your scalp, it doesn’t mean the hair follicle itself is dead. This means that it’s now in a dormant state, and it can sometimes be revived. If a hair follicle remains dormant long enough, it eventually loses the ability to produce really useful, thick hair. This process takes between five and 25 years. Again, it all depends on the individual.

Poor scalp circulation has also been blamed for causing male pattern baldness, with the theory being that the lack of blood to your scalp causes DHT to build up and leads your hair to fall out. We are not aware of any evidence proving this theory.

The cause of male pattern baldness has inspired many wacky theories over the years. There is even one crazy theory that blames male pattern baldness on the growth of hair elsewhere on the body. Some claim that plucking out the hairs on your chest, arms or legs will make the hair on your head grow back. This is one of many theories that are entertaining, but have no scientific validity.

There are many treatments available for male pattern baldness, including some that are very promising and have shown to actually regrow hair. The most popular of all is rogaine, which has been used for years to slow down the advance of male pattern baldness. Combining rogaine with Propecia(Fincar/Finasteride) or Avodart (the new stronger version of Propecia), you have a powerful combination that has helped some people to completely regrow all of their lost hair.

Anyone losing their hair at the moment has more opportunity to treat their hairloss than at any other time in history. One day, hair loss treatment may be as simple as getting a shot at the doctor’s office, but for now your best shot is the combination of rogaine and Propecia or another DHT blocker.

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