Male Pattern Baldness?is a medical condition that affects many men and women, and some primates as well. In medical terms, it is known as Androgenic Alopecia (AGA). The reason for it is still unclear, but there are several hypotheses about it. Among those estimated causes are genetics, stress and hormones.
My Time to Shine
I started balding when I was 21 years old. That’s right, still in my mandatory service in the Israeli army I was balding. I blamed stress and anger, which I had plenty of both in my service. But isn’t that a stupid mechanism? doesn’t losing your hair due to mental stress seem far too stupid for evolution? Even if you’re a creationist you’ve got to admit ??this is pretty stupid for an intelligent design. I can’t find any logical explanation why an organism should start?slowly losing his hair when stressed or nervous. Well, I’ve had enough. I’ve decided it’s time to figure this whole thing out. Starting with what brings this curse to possess our scalps, leaving our heads shiny and exposed to the weather. Once I’ll get to the bottom of this, I’ll decide what I’m going to do about my own situation. is all hope lost?
Male Pattern Baldness Genetics
This is the simple way out of explaining this thing, the Ockham’s razor. The most commonly known assumption is: “If your dad’s dad was bald, you will be bald as well.” But that’s not accurate. There is a lot of research concerning the genetic causes of male pattern baldness?constantly being performed, and there is slow and sure progress constantly being made. All that is known so far is that men whose fathers show male pattern baldness are about 2.5 times more likely to suffer the same condition themselves. The balding of male members on the mother’s side of the family is almost irrelevant, though. According to research, some of the genes that are strongly associated with male pattern baldness?are X-linked and recessive. That?means that they are connected to genes on the X-chromosome.?This explains why male pattern baldness?is not as common in women ??both of their X-chromosomes need to express the same specific defects in order for male pattern baldness?to appear.
Other Male Pattern Baldness Causes
While genetics play a major role in the manifestation of male pattern baldness, there are
other factors that contribute to this condition. If this is the first article you read about male pattern baldness, memorize the name “Dihydrotestosterone” (DHT). Excess of DHT is the primary pathological cause of male pattern baldness, and it is also the pathological condition treated by anti-balding meds like Propecia. DHT is what testosterone turns into in the skin, prostate, glandular tissues and of course in hair follicles in order to bind its androgen receptor and carry its biological effect. If you’d do some researching of your own, you will find many other possible causes for male pattern baldness. However, these are negligible. If you have male pattern baldness, It’s probably either genetics or irregular hormone levels. It’s highly unlikely that you’re going from fuzz to shine due to say, minor exposure to radiation. When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras (Until you see a striped buttock).
Male Pattern Baldness?Signs and Symptoms
male pattern baldness?is not the only reason a person might go bald, but it’s easy to diagnose. It’s called?male pattern balding for a reason. People who lose their hair from male pattern baldness?will only go bald on the top of their scalp. The sides of the head will not lose a single hair. The hair-line usually begins to recede from the front, creating an “M” shaped hair-line over the forehead. Afterwards, the hair will start thinning at the top of the head (at the vertex), creating a bald spot which spreads to the rest of the head. Eventually, the receding hairline meets the spreading baldness leaving the head completely bald on top.
Male Pattern Baldness Treatment
Currently there are a lot of treatment methods and natural solutions to treat male pattern baldness and most of them have proven to be surprisngly successful. However, only two treatments are FDA approved:
Originally a treatment for high blood pressure, Minoxidil was found to have an interesting side effect – it encourages hair growth and darkens body hair. The Upjohn Corporation developed a topical solution with low concentrations (5% for men, 2% for women) of Minoxidil to treat hair loss and commercially named it Rogaine. While Rogaine has been proven to work in many cases, it is usually less effective when there is a large area of hair loss. Also, it is meant for use on vertex hair loss only, which means it won’t help a receding hair-line. Minoxidil is mostly used to treat young men who suffered the symptoms of male pattern baldness?for a very limited time. Under those conditions, it usually proves to be very effective. Upon discontinuing treatment, the hair usually returns to its prior state within two to three months.
A “man malfunction patch”. If it didn’t have side?effects, I’d recommend all men to take it as preventive treatment. While increased levels of testosterone have their perks, they also cause troubles. Finasteride is approved for treating both male pattern baldness?and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), which are both very common among men. In fact, these conditions are so common that almost all men suffer at least one of them at some point. Finasteride works by reducing the conversion of Testosterone to DHT, thereby preventing an excess of DHT. The results of treating male pattern baldness?with Finasteride are astonishing. Among the subject group, 48% of men experienced visible hair growth and 42% suffered no further hair loss. Like Minoxidil, upon discontinuing treatment the hair returns to its prior state within eight months. This drug, however, is associated with some nasty side effects: erectile dysfunction, diminished libido, depression, anxiety, birth defects, and more. It also interrupts early detection of prostatic cancer. So you better give at least three thoughts before you use it.
There are some other ways to treat male pattern baldness. Most of them have been proven effective but won’t work on everyone. Their biggest advantages, however, are that they aren’t expensive (usually) and that they have very little side-effects, if any. Before introducing any needless chemicals to your body, it might be a good idea to try out one of these. There are both pills and topical solutions in this department. I’m going to recommend the most common ones because in my opinion, when it comes to natural medicine, the most common is the better proven. For a topical solution, you can use Rosemary essential oil. You can get it at?HerbsPro?for a good price and in various nature shops. If you prefer to try taking tabs, you can try NuHair regrowth for men or NuHair regrowth for women. Both are natural and proven quite effective.
Where am I going with this?
To sum things up, male pattern baldness?is annoying. It’s nothing more than an inconvenience and its only effect is making you a little less pretty (not necessarily less attractive), you wuss.?Should you treat it? That depends; how much do you really care about your hair?If the natural treatments and Minoxidil didn’t work for you, do you think regrowing hair is worth the side effects from Finasteride??Do you really think shaving your head will make you ugly? In any case, if you do decide to treat it with Finasteride, I think you should make sure neither rosemary oil, NuHair and Minoxidil don’t work. The side-effects aren’t nearly as severe and if they prove to be effective you can just keep using them. Finasteride is taken by swallowing a pill, it’s chemical and has side effects and some of them are pretty nasty. If you decide that you’re too embarrassed to live with a bald head, think hard and deep and make your decision. It helps in about 90% of the cases, but it can also cause REAL medical problems. I had bad hair, I like the way it is now much better. Honestly, I was considering Finasteride before writing this article, but now there’s just no way will I take it. The side effects scare me far too much. I’m going to let nature keep running its course on me because the bottom line is: I much rather have thinning hair than risk a malfunctioning penis. Decisions decisions, I know?