Hair loss used to be an inevitable fate for those with a family history of male pattern baldness. But nowadays, Propecia provides an effective hair restoration option.
Finasteride is the generic name for Propecia. It was originally developed to treat enlarged prostate glands. During the trial period, men who were taking the drug for an enlarged prostate also found the hair on their head growing thicker. Some who were already exhibiting male patterned baldness found their hair growing back!
Scientists attribute this growth to the lowering of DHT levels in the scalp. Hair loss is caused by the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This androgen develops when 5-alpha-reductase enzymes convert testosterone. As DHT builds up in the scalp, it shrinks the hair follicles, preventing hair growth.
When taking Propecia, a man’s DHT levels in the scalp can drop by as much as 60%. Without DHT smothering the hair follicles, hair restoration takes place. During the trial, both hair loss and new hair growth were monitored. 86% of participants found that hair loss stopped, and 65% found that hair growth increased significantly.
Today, men don’t have to live with the fear of losing their hair to male patterned baldness. Instead, find a doctor near you and talk to him or her about your options.
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