More about male pattern baldness and the effects of Propecia

Sometimes you learn something about ordinary things that really starts to baffle you and provide you with a lot to think about. For instance, did you know that there is very little known about male pattern baldness, a condition that is most commonly responsible for hair loss in men. For instance, the scientific and medical community still has come to no definitive conclusion as to what are the factors that play a role in determining whether someone is going to lose their hair with age. It is also not understood why some men lose hair before and other later in life or why there are some men for whom loss of hair is not even an issue. Some scientists advocate the theory that it mainly has to do with the genetics, especially stressing the importance of the paternal line, while other scientists believe it has more to do with the incidence of MPB in the maternal line.

The difference opinions on MPB are also a subject of much debate. For instance, there are men who do not worry at all that they are getting bald. They see this as just another natural process that takes place which is not dangerous in any way and that will not cause any further complications. In the end, it is a matter of physical appearance and some men are more sensitive to losing hair than others, believing that it makes them less attractive to potential partners. There is definitely some sense to this, as several studies have shown that women find bald and balding men less attractive. However, there are some studies that have shown that there are also women who find men with receding hairline more situated and therefore more attractive. No matter how you look at it, from which viewpoint and with what opinion that you might hold, male pattern baldness is still a subject to much talks and debate.

However, there is one point on which all medical and scientific experts agree on and that is the importance of male hormones for the chances of developing male pattern baldness. Namely, the instances of MPB are seen to be more prevalent in men who have high concentrations of dihydrotestosterone in their body. Everyone has heard of testosterone. It is the most well-known male hormone and it is responsible for a number of different processes in the human body, particularly for the development of male sexual features.

However, testosterone can get converted into dihydrotestosterone and this happens mainly in the prostate and in the tissue on the scalp. The problem with dihydrotestosterone is that it has adverse effects on both the prostate and the scalp. In prostate, it causes its enlargement, which as a result has incidences of enlarged prostate, which can be a serious condition. In the tissue of the scalp, dihydrotestosterone leads to thinning of the follicles and also to their premature deaths, which as a result have male pattern baldness.

Propecia prevents this from occurring by interfering with conversion of testosterone into DHT. This is done by inhibiting the functioning of a certain enzyme which is involved in this conversion and a vital part of it. The result of this is that the levels of DHT are much lower, which has lead to the same medication being used for both the enlarged prostate and MPB, finasteride, known as Proscar and Propecia.

We are concerned with Propecia which significantly and dramatically slows down the process of losing hair and can even prevent it from occurring at all for as long as it is taken. In addition to this, it can restore damaged follicles, thus resulting in renewed growth of hair. However, if the follicles have been completely destroyed, it cannot revive them. In three months, you can expect to see definitive results which continue to be present and obvious for as long as you continue with your regimen.