Propecia and Male Pattern Hair Loss
Doctors believe male pattern hair loss is due to heredity
and is dependent on hormonal effects. Doctors refer to
this type of balding as Androgenetic Alopecia. Mild to
sever male pattern hair loss affects 80 percent of men. It
has been found that men with male pattern hair loss have
increased levels of dihydro-testosterone (DHT) in their
balding scalps. Scientists believe these increased levels
of DHT affect the growth cycle, contributing to the
thinning of the hair on the scalp. Propecia works by
blocking the formation of DHT.
Propecia (generic name Finasteride), the first and only pill to treat androgenetic alopecia, was developed to treat male pattern hair loss in the vertex (top of head) and anterior mid-scalp area. Propecia is proven to maintain or increase hair count in most men.
What type of Results should be Expected?
Propecia (finasteride) begins to block the formation of DHT immediately. However, because hair grows slowly, visible results from Propecia take some time. Most men may begin to see the first benefit of Propecia-slowing hair loss- as early as 3 months. In clinical studies, it was not just 'peach fuzz' but real hair growth on both vertex and anterior mid-scalp area. Propecia must be continued to maintain any beneficial results. If you seize treatment, any hair you have gained will be lost.
Possible Side Effects
Less than 2% of men experience certain side effects. These include:
* Decreased libido (desire for sex). * Difficulty achieving an erection. * Decrease amount of semen.
Studies have suggested that men taking a Placebo (a drug with no active ingredient) indicate the same proportion of decreased libido so it is questionable as to what the actual cause is. Side effects are reversible once treatment has seized, effects appear to decrease within a couple of months while continuing treatment for male pattern hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia).
Propecia is a MEN ONLY treatment for hair loss, women are strongly advised not to take or come in contact with Propecia. Propecia may cause abnormalities of the baby's sex organs, a condition known as hypospasdias.