Male pattern baldness: which treatments really work?
Are you experiencing male pattern baldness or think your hair is showing the signs? Find out about the treatments that really work here at Anytime Doctor.
Male Pattern Baldness: Which Treatments Really Work
One of the biggest concerns for a lot of men as they get older is losing their hair. Male pattern baldness affects 30% of men under 30 and around 80% of men over 70. While some men simply accept or even embrace hair loss, many more men feel extremely self conscious and that they are ageing prematurely.
For some men it takes around 15-25 years for them to go bald, but for others it can happen much faster.
Here, we are going to discuss hair loss in men and the treatments that really work. Keep reading to find out more.
What Is Male Pattern Baldness?
Almost all men will see their hairline change into what is known as ‘mature hairline’ as they reach adulthood, but only in some men does the recession continue further. Male pattern baldness is so named because the hair loss has different stages that follow a few slightly different patterns. For many, the hair will begin to recede from the temples and then it will become thin on the top of the head. Others will start to lose their hair from the crown first. Either way, it is usually the beginning of an ongoing process.
According to clinical research, DHT is a hormone that plays a key role in how male pattern baldness develops. This hormone is essential in the development stages but high DHT levels can lead to male pattern baldness by triggering a process called miniaturisation, in which the hairs gradually shrink before going into a stage of permanent hibernation.
So are There Treatments?
There are a huge number of treatments out there, but sadly the vast majority are pseudo-scientific remedies designed to exploit the desperation of a lot of men who will try anything to avoid losing their youthful locks. The hair loss industry is worth billions precisely for this reason.
It is important that you do your homework and don’t waste time, money or emotional energy on dubious treatments.
The Treatments That Work
Fortunately, there are now two hair loss products that are FDA approved and are backed by real scientific research. The more powerful of the two treatments is Propecia which is a popular brand of the drug finasteride. Finasteride is suitable for men only and it works to block DHT and thus reduce or even halt the follicular miniaturisation that cause male pattern baldness.
You can buy Finasteride online here at Anytime Doctor, and while it can be a very effective treatment, it is also important to note that a small number of men experience side effects that include impotence and loss of libido. While something to take seriously, the ubiquity and severity of these side effects have been exaggerated in the popular press in recent times. There is a wealth of scientific and anecdotal evidence showing that infinitely more men are able to treat male pattern baldness in an effective way with little to no unwanted side effects.
Finasteride takes time to start working, but you should notice a difference after the first 3 months. If you have not noticed a re-thickening of hairs or a slowing of your hair loss by 12 months, it is likely that you are not responding to this particular medication. The good news is that, according to a 5-year clinical study, two thirds of men who took Propecia/Finasteride saw a major improvement.
Another FDA approved treatment for male pattern baldness is minoxidil which is a topical treatment that is available in many high street pharmacies. Minoxidil increases blood flow to the scalp and can help prevent hair follicles reducing in size. This treatment is generally considered far more effective when used in conjunction with Finasteride than in its own right.
If you are experiencing male pattern baldness already, now is the time to start treatment as your hair will only thin more over time. The medications we have highlighted are far better at preventing future loss than they are at stimulating re-growth – though both are reported to occur in some cases.
Take action today, and use Anytime Doctor to get the treatment you need online quickly and easily.
Published on 14 June 2019