Androgenetic alopecia is the number one cause of hair loss in men. More commonly known as male pattern baldness, this condition begins with a receding hairline that slowly climbs its way upwards. It can also be accompanied by a bald spot on top of the head, until only a rim of hair on the sides remains.
This type of hair loss is caused by a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (or DHT) that forms when testosterone reacts with the enzyme 5 alpha reductase. In short, it’s much stronger than testosterone and very concentrated in the scalp, among other areas of the body. What usually happens is DHT begins attacking the hair follicles because it sees them as unfamiliar objects. Blood vessels shrink, reducing blood flow to the follicles. Without the essential nutrients that are needed to promote growth, the follicles contract or weaken, preventing hair from coming back thicker and longer.
What Are Some Side Effects of Hair Loss Treatments For Men?
A prescription hair loss treatment like Finasteride can have adverse side effects when it comes to a man’s sexual performance. Users have reported experiencing diminished libido or erectile dysfunction both while using and after stopping the drug. The Swedish Medical Products Agency & the UK’s Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency both determined the use of the prescription hair loss treatment to cause irreversible sexual dysfunction. More on non-surgical hair loss treatments on fue-hair-transplant.net expert reviews website.
Over the counter hair loss treatments for men like Procerin (as well as laser hair loss treatments) on the other hand do not have these side effects, but they can still successfully block DHT from causing further hair loss.