Hair loss

Hair loss can affect both men and women. The cause may be heredity, stress or medication. Male pattern baldness is the most common form of baldness in the UK. It starts with a receding hairline, followed by thinning at the crown and temples. When these two areas meet it leaves a rim around the back and sides of the head.

The cause of male pattern baldness is largely still unknown. There are a variety of genetic and environmental factors that might be involved. Men with pattern baldness typically have higher levels of a chemical called 5α-reductase in their blood, which means blocking the effect of this compound might be able to help.

Propecia is a medication which does this so it can help prevent further hair loss and promote hair regrowth. 9 out of 10 men that take Propecia keep their hair and two-thirds of men who take it long term experience some regrowth. If you stop taking Propecia hair loss will resume and the effect of Propeica will be completely reversed 12 months after stopping it. Propecia is only suitable for men providing they don’t have a prostate problem or a partner who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

Regaine contains the drug minoxidil which can also help with baldness. It is a lotion which is an alternative to Propecia (but can also be used in conjunction with it). Regaine is suitable for men and women.

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