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What is male pattern baldness?

If you are slowly losing your hair, you may be affected by male pattern baldness. The question is, what is male pattern baldness? What are the causes and symptoms of male pattern baldness and, perhaps more importantly, are there any effective male pattern baldness treatments?

Causes of Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness (MPB) is caused by:

  • Hormonal changes occurring as you get older;
  • Genetic hypersensitivity to a testosterone derivative known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Passed from one generation to the next via multiple genes from both sides of your family (maternal and paternal), hypersensitivity to this male hormone causes newly growing hairs to be both thinner and shorter than the old hairs they are replacing, and
  • Stem cells within your scalp becoming incapable of developing into hair follicle production cells (LiveScience.com).

Symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness

MPB typically starts (usually around your mid-twenties) with hair thinning at the temples

Over the years, this thinning will become hair loss – spreading from the temples towards the head’s crown to form the “M-shaped hairline” associated with MPB.

Left unchecked, this “spread” will continue until the only hair remaining on your head forms a broken circle (like a wide “U”) around the sides and back of your head. Depending on the severity of your MPB hair loss, you may eventually go completely bald.

Male Pattern Baldness Treatments

There are several treatment options for MPB, including surgery, topical medications (learn more about these options here) and Finasteride, an oral treatment that effectively reduces MPB and, in some cases, promotes regrowth

So, what is Male Pattern Baldness?

In short, MPB is a progressive genetic type of permanent hair loss that develops in a pattern and can be effectively reduced with the help of Finasteride 1mg tablets.

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