We believe that it is important to have an article like this one on a blogsite, an article that is going to give people details about how a specific medication works. Some people believe it is utterly pointless as most people do not care about this, but we think that it can play an important role in educating people about a certain medication. It may also prevent them from believing advertising quips that manufacturers of different scam products use in order to flog their merchandise. For instance, when you learn exactly how, let’s say Viagra works; you are much less likely to believe in the complete tosh that you get served by the manufacturers of the “miraculous natural products for ED”. In this article, we are going to give you a simple and yet not too oversimplified explanation of how exactly Propecia works.
In order to fully understand what it is that Propecia does, we need to share with you a few facts about male pattern baldness, or hair loss if you prefer it that way. When you understand how a condition works, you are going to understand much better how a medication for that condition works.
While it is still unknown what are all the factors that are the underlying causes of male pattern baldness, there is a process that is considered to be a scientific fact and that is definitely noticeable in all the cases of MPB. This process is the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, or DHT in further text. Testosterone is a well-known hormone, a quintessential male hormone, if you like. However, not everyone is familiar with DHT, a male hormone that is produced when the free testosterone binds to an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase and thus becomes DHT. DHT is something like a more aggressive version of testosterone, more active and more potent.
The problem arises due to the fact that this conversion happens mainly in two areas of the male body. The first area is the prostate where DHT causes growth of this organ, thus causing a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, enlarged prostate. The other part where DHT is very active is the scalp, where the effects of DHT include the destruction and sped-up death of hair follicles, resulting in MPB.
The way in which Propecia prevents male pattern baldness form progressing and helps you keep your hair is by inhibiting the enzyme that we mentioned, the 5-alpha-reductase by binding to it. As a result of this, testosterone has nowhere to go and the conversion of testosterone into DHT is effectively prevented.