Hair loss (Alopecia)
People react differently to hair loss. For some, it is a natural process and they do not worry about it. However, for others, hair loss can be a difficult condition to deal with, socially and mentally. If you find that hair loss is affecting your health and wellbeing, you should get help from your doctor or a hair loss clinic. There are different types of hair loss, however, in this blog post, we are going to look at the male pattern baldness.
What is male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness can affect male as young as 17 years of age but it most commonly begins in your thirties or forties. It is the most common type of hair loss and it affects around 50% of male over 5o years of age. It usually affects the areas around the crown or temple of the scalp.
What are the possible causes of male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness is a genetic condition. It runs in family from either parent side. There is currently no evidence to suggest that it can be caused by another factor. Unlike some other hair loss types, male pattern baldness is irreversible without medical intervention.
What are the available treatment options?
There is a wide range of products available on the market, from food supplements to shampoos and lotions. These products do not work for everyone so you have to try them to see if they can help your hair loss condition. Some of the well known and widely used treatments includes:
- Minoxidil (Regaine) – it is one of the most widely used and well-established hair loss treatment on the market. It comes in different formulation types such as lotion, foam and oil. Regaine for Men contains minoxidil. It can be used to prevent further hair loss and to initiate hair regrowth. Clinical studies have found that around 3 in 5 men reported hair regrowth after 48 weeks of using Regaine. Regiane for women is also available as a treatment for female pattern baldness.
- Finasteride 1mg tablets (Propecia) – It is a prescription-only medicine licenced for the treatment of hair loss in men. It is available in generic form as Finasteride 1mg tablet or as a branded medicine under the name of Propecia 1mg tablet. Finasteride increases hair growth on your scalp and prevents further hair loss. The results of Propecia can be seen in as little as 3 months. In clinical trials, Propecia led to hair regrowth or prevented further hair loss in 9 out of 10 men.
As it is a prescription-only medicine, you will need to complete an online consultation form which will be reviewed by one of our prescribers to assess your suitability for this treatment.
Hair loss in women:
The cause of female pattern baldness is less well understood but it is thought to be linked with DHT, a derivative of testosterone. DHT shrinks hair follicles, and while women generally have a tiny amount of testosterone in their bodies compared to men, it’s still sometimes enough to cause hair loss in women. Hair loss can have a negative impact on some people, as they find it difficult to deal with it. There are sometimes also other underlying conditions, so if you suffer from a sudden hair loss and are worried, consult with your GP.
There are a number of treatments on the market for female pattern baldness but the most well-known is Minoxidil (Regaine for women). You can get this medication without the need for a prescription.