Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss, representing close to 95% of all cases of hair loss in men. And about half of all men experience male pattern hair loss by age 50. So if you have male pattern hair loss, you are certainly not alone and there are male pattern baldness treatments available.
What is male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia)?
Male hair loss is the most common type of hair loss. It is caused by increased sensitivity to male sex hormones (androgens) in certain parts of the scalp, and is passed on from generation to generation.
It begins with a receding hairline and/or slow balding at the crown. It is typically a progressive condition left untreated the hair loss will likely continue. Scientists believe male pattern hair loss is inherited from either side of your family and that a chemical called dihydrotestosterone, more commonly referred to as DHT, is a key factor in hair loss.
DHT is a substance in the body that can shrink the hair follicle until it no longer produces visible hair.
What causes male pattern baldness?
Some men have areas on the scalp that are extremely sensitive to the male sex hormones that circulate in men's blood. The hormones make the hair follicles shrink from where the hair grows. After a while, they become so small that they can't replace lost hairs. The follicles are still alive, but are not really able to do their job.
If left untreated, male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) will tend to get worse with time. This will happen at different rates for different people.
What are the effects of male pattern baldness?
Despite being a very common condition male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) can have a serious effect on the sufferer.
Male pattern baldness can led to a poor body image, make people feel old and unattractive and in general have low self-esteem. This leads to a greater likelihood of depression and other psychological problems. In general first impressions are very important and having male pattern baldness can strongly affect whether or not a man perceives himself as attractive to others.
Treatment of male pattern baldness
Finasteride 1mg is a prescription tablet available in the UK for male pattern baldness.
For many men who are prescribed
treatments for male pattern baldness, taking their prescription to the pharmacy
represents an embarrassing and inconvenient hurdle which some may not overcome.
Firstmed offers an online alternative. All male pattern baldness treatments are conveniently delivered in plain packaging to your chosen delivery address, so there is no need to go into a pharmacy.