Hair loss can be embarrassing. It ages your appearance and can reduce your attractiveness. People of all ages experience hair loss and seek remedies to prevent further loss. Fortunately, there are several ways to treat hair loss. Propecia is the most effective treatment, but is not intended for all types of hair loss.
Male Pattern Baldness
This drug is most effective treating male pattern baldness which is a genetic hair loss disorder. It works by preventing the production of dihydrotesterone (DHT) which causes male pattern baldness. You probably have male pattern baldness if your hair is thinning above the temples and at the crown of your head. Men who only have hair on the sides and back of their heads have male pattern baldness.
Hair Loss from Medical Conditions
There are certain medical conditions that can result in hair loss. Alopecia totalis often causes total hair loss. Diseases and treatments can cause hair to fall out. For example, chemotherapy used to treat cancer can result in hair loss. However, this is likely temporary and should not be treated using this drug. Medications that impact hormone levels can trigger hair loss. Steroids and certain acne treatments have been known to cause hair loss in some people. It is recommended you stop taking these drugs to end the hair loss.
Lifestyle Hair Loss
Men who stress their hair by constantly wearing it in ponytails or dreadlocks can experience hair loss. Extensive use of cornrows and braids can also severely damage your hair. Known as traction alopecia, this type of hair loss is permanent and should not be treated using this medication. Stress can also result in hair loss which can be temporary or permanent. This medication is also not a suitable treatment for stress-related hair loss.
Hair Loss in Women
Studies have been conducted to test this drug in women. Research shows it is not an effective solution for hair loss in women. This is primarily because the drug blocks DHT, a male hormone, which is not existent in women until they go through menopause. Even at that time, the drug simply does not work to stop hair loss in women, even if they have what is commonly described as “female pattern baldness.” Propecia is a highly effective treatment for men with male pattern baldness. You can begin to use the drug as soon as you notice thinning of your hair. Propecia is known to stop hair loss and promote hair growth.