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    What is male pattern hair loss?

    Male pattern hair loss is balding amongst men. It’s not always easy to identify at first, but early signs include a receding hairline, where hair starts to disappear at the temples of your head, producing a hairline that’s shaped like an ‘M’.

    Another sign of it is crown hair loss, where your hair begins to thin at the crown (just off the top of your head). The thinning here leaves a bald spot.

    In the areas where your hair is getting thinner, you may also notice that individual strands of hair are more fragile, and they don’t grow as quickly as hair in areas that are less affected.

    If you find that you are losing a lot of hair either on the towel, comb or brush after showering, this can point toward male pattern hair loss. If you find that you’re losing a lot of hair after you’ve showered on a towel, or on a comb, this can point towards male pattern hair loss. If And if the hair on the sides or the back of your head is not affected, but you’re losing hair on top of your head, this can be an early indication of male pattern hair loss too. This is because hair on the sides and back of your head is not as sensitive to the hormone DHT.

    With male pattern hair loss, some men are more sensitive than others to DHT (or dihydrotestosterone, which is a type of testosterone in the body). This sensitivity causes hair follicles to shrink, and stops men from growing new hair. It also reduces the lifespan of hair follicles, meaning that you lose hair more often, and at a faster rate.

    So you lose hair more quickly, but the hair is also replaced more slowly, and it doesn’t grow back as rapidly.

    Who gets hair loss?

    Male pattern hair loss is very common. It can start to affect men as early as their teenage years, and between 30 and 50% of men will have it by the age of 50.

    If male pattern hair loss runs in your family, you’re also more likely to get it. It tends to be hereditary.

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    Hair loss: what causes it?

    Certain types of hair loss (or alopecia), like male pattern baldness or male pattern hair loss are permanent, while other forms of hair loss are only temporary.

    An illness, stress, treatment for cancer, weight loss and iron deficiency can all trigger more short-term hair loss, but it tends to grow back or stop shedding once you recover, and usually doesn’t require treatment.

    Male pattern baldness is usually hereditary, so if it runs in your family, you’re more likely to experience it. And high levels of androgen hormones in your body like DHT can make hair follicles shrink. DHT can be responsible for you losing your hair quickly, and sooner than you may expect.

    But given the long-term nature of male pattern hair loss, treatment is often needed to help stop any further hair loss, or to help hair grow back.

    Is there a ‘cure’ for hair loss?

    There’s no ‘cure’ as such, but hair loss products like Propecia, Finasteride and Rogaine Regaine can stop further hair loss where treatment is required, and cause hair regrowth, in many cases. A lot of men take them for several years and find them effective.

    Hair transplants are available for men with certain types of hair loss, but this is a surgical procedure carried out under local anesthetic. So if you’re looking online for clinics that perform hair transplants, make sure they use state-licensed doctors.

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    What is the best hair loss treatment?

    Which treatment you choose is up to you, and it depends on your medical background.

    Two of the most effective treatments for hair loss are Finasteride and Propecia. Finasteride is the generic version of Propecia, so it’s slightly cheaper, but they both work in the same way, and contain the same active ingredient, finasteride. They’re prescription tablets that you take once a day.

    In clinical studies, 48% of men using finasteride showed an improvement in hair growth after one year (compared to 7% with placebo), and this increased to 66% after two years (compared to 7% with placebo).

    An important thing to note here is that you may not see results immediately. It can take between three and six months before you notice improvements with Propecia and Finasteride, and it may be up to 12 months before you see a difference in your hair. Given that these products prevent further hair loss in eight out of 10 men who take it for 12 months though, and two thirds of men benefit from some degree of hair regrowth, patience tends to be rewarded.

    But if you don’t see any improvements in your hair after 12 months, let our clinician know. They may recommend trying an alternative hair loss treatment.

    Dutasteride is a similar medication to finasteride, Avodart is a well-known branded version, and although it isn’t specifically licensed to be used for hair loss (its intended use is to help with prostate problems) research has shown that it seems to be more effective than finasteride and just as safe.

    How do Propecia and Finasteride work?

    These tablets stop an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase from converting testosterone into DHT. DHT is a hormone that can cause hair follicles to shrink, and triggers hair loss in men who are sensitive to it. By preventing this conversion from happening, Propecia and Finasteride cut down the amount of DHT in the blood and scalp. This helps to stop you from losing any more hair, and also promotes hair growth.

    Does Rogaine work?

    Yes. But it works in a slightly different way to Propecia and Finasteride. It doesn’t technically stop alopecia, but it really comes into its own with improving hair regrowth. It helps to improve the flow of oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles in the body, which encourages hair growth. Rogaine is sometimes referred to as a ‘vasodilator’ on this basis.

    It isn’t quite as effective as Propecia and Finasteride: 60% of men have reported an improvement in their hair coverage with it. But because Rogaine is used primarily for hair regrowth, and Propecia or Finasteride are helpful at preventing further hair loss, using both can be very successful for some men. If you’d like to use these treatments at the same time, you should discuss this with our clinician first, so that they can decide if both are safe for you to take.

    Rogaine is available as either a topical solution or foam, so it’s not a tablet that you take. You apply it directly to the scalp. You can also buy it over the counter, so you don’t need a prescription for it.

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    Why should I buy Finasteride with Treated?

    Simple. At Treated, we put you in control of your healthcare.

    We can review whether Finasteride or other hair loss treatments are suitable options for you during your consultation. You can then choose which treatment you’d like.

    You can also choose to set up regular deliveries for your treatment, choose how much medication you need and how often you want them. Our subscription plans are pretty flexible and you can choose to change, pause or cancel your plan whenever you want.

    And we don’t stop here. With our aftercare support, we’ll check in with you to see if everything’s going well, and we’re close at hand whenever you need us. Just login to your Treated account and send us a message.

    What are the common side effects of Finasteride?

    Side effects aren’t common with Finasteride, but some men (up to 1 in 100) have reported difficulties getting an erection, a reduction in their sex drive and depression whilst taking it. Some men feel that Finasteride worsens their mood or sex drive even after they’ve stopped taking it, but there isn’t enough evidence to support this.

    The benefits generally outweigh the risks, which is why it’s a licensed treatment. If you’re concerned about side effects, drop us a message. There are other options available that we can explore with you.

    Can any man take Finasteride?

    You should let us know if you have any illnesses or medical conditions during your consultation.

    Finasteride isn’t suitable for men who are allergic to the active ingredient finasteride or to any of the other ingredients in it (see the package insert that comes with your treatment for the full list of ingredients).

    It’s also not a suitable option for children and adolescents. Finasteride hasn’t been an effective treatment for hair loss in women in clinical trials either.

    If you’re already taking Finasteride or any other 5a-reductase inhibitor for prostate enlargement or any other health condition, you shouldn’t take Finasteride for hair loss.

    Does Finasteride affect ejaculation?

    You may find that the amount of ejaculate you produce is less than normal with Finasteride, or that you don’t produce any semen. These are common side effects, and tend to clear up after a while. But if they persist, or they bother you, let us know.

    Can I take Finasteride if my partner is pregnant?

    Finasteride is only prescribed for men, it should never be used by women. Small quantities of it can also pass into semen, so if you’re having sex with your partner, you should always wear a condom if you’re taking it.

    Women should also be careful not to touch any crushed or broken tablets if there’s any possibility that they may be pregnant, as they can get into the bloodstream. Finasteride tablets have a protective coating on them to help guard against this.

    Finasteride vs Propecia: are they the same?

    No, but they are very similar. Propecia is a hair loss tablet that contains the same active ingredient (finasteride) and works in the same way in the body. But the two treatments do contain different inactive ingredients, so the side effects that you may get with Finasteride may not be the same as the side effects you can experience with Propecia, and vice versa.

    Propecia is also the branded treatment, whereas Finasteride is the generic option. This means that the tablets themselves, and the packaging, may be different. Finasteride, as the generic, is also slightly cheaper.

    Dutasteride vs Finasteride: which one’s better for hair loss?

    Dutasteride is not a licensed treatment for hair loss in the UK. It is licensed for the treatment of prostate enlargement, or BPH, in the US, but there have been no clinical trials in the UK to test its safety and effectiveness for the treatment of hair loss.

    So if you’re looking for a hair loss treatment, the likes of Finasteride and Propecia are safe and reliable options.

    Finasteride and Minoxidil: how are they different?

    Although they’re both treatments for hair loss, Minoxidil works in a different way to Finasteride.

    Rather than stopping testosterone from being converted into DHT, Minoxidil is what’s known as a vasodilator. This just means that it helps blood vessels to widen, and improves blood flow in certain parts of the body. It causes more oxygen and nutrients to travel through the blood to your hair follicles, which can lead to hair growth.

    Minoxidil doesn’t actually prevent hair loss as such, but encourages hair growth by causing hairs in a resting state (the ‘telogen’ phase) to shed, and replace these hairs with new hairs (the growing, or ‘anagen’ phase).

    So while Finasteride handles the hormone side of things well and primarily stops you from losing hair, Minoxidil can really excel at promoting the growth of hair. On this basis, the two products can be very effective when they’re taken together, and in most cases, they’re safe to use together. You should always discuss taking the two treatments at the same time with our clinician first, so they can decide if they’re both suitable for you.

    Can you get Finasteride without a prescription?

    No. Finasteride is only available on prescription. It’s not a suitable treatment for all men, and can cause side effects. So it’s important to get an expert’s opinion on whether it’s safe for you to use before you take it.

    We can help you to know if Finasteride is right for you. Take our consultation, and tell us about your health to get customized treatment recommendations.

    Is Propecia safe?

    Finasteride and Propecia are safe for the vast majority of men to take. There are some conditions that might make its use unsuitable, but these usually relate specifically to prostate conditions or allergies.

    The most common side effects are thought to affect under one in 100 patients and shouldn’t affect hair growth on any other part of the body.

    A few men feel that Propecia damages their sex drive or causes low mood even after they’ve stopped taking it, although this isn’t supported by research. If you’re worried about the side effects of Propecia, you can talk to one of our clinicians.

    What is the recommended dosage of Propecia?

    Propecia 1mg tablets should be taken once a day, with or without food, for male pattern baldness. While there are stronger dosages, such as Propecia 5mg, this is usually prescribed to treat BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

    If you take more Propecia than you should, get in touch with our clinician immediately.

    What is the difference between Finasteride and Propecia?

    Propecia is a brand of Finasteride, and finasteride is the active ingredient in the treatment. The main differences between the two are appearance and price. Finasteride is a generic medication, so it may be slightly cheaper than Propecia, and the packaging and the way the pill looks may differ as a result.

    Although Propecia and Finasteride contain the same active ingredient, they do contain different inactive ingredients. It’s unlikely you would get side effects on one and not the other. But if you experience any side effects, you should discuss these with our clinician. These side effects are rare, but they may be key to which of the two treatments is most suitable (and safe) for you to use.

    Can I buy Propecia over the counter?

    It is not possible to buy Propecia over the counter, so you will need a private prescription. Our clinicians can help you know whether Propecia is safe for you. All you need to do is tell us a bit about your health, and we’ll recommend some treatments that are safe for you. From there, you can choose the option that suits you best.

    Why should I buy Propecia online with Treated?

    We’ll recommend hair loss treatments that are tailored just for you. Tell us about your health, and we’ll advise you on hair loss options that are safe and suitable. Choose which treatment you’d like, and how often you’d like us to send your treatment to you (and the amount of it each time too).

    You’ll also have access to our clinicians whenever you need them, and they’ll get in touch with you on a regular basis to see how you’re getting on with your treatment.

    Why should I buy hair loss treatment with Treated?

    At Treated, we’re making hair loss treatment hassle free. Tell us about your health and we’ll advise you on safe and suitable options just for you. You can choose your treatment from there.

    It’s then just a matter of setting up your delivery schedule. We’re flexible here. Let us know how often you’d like us to ship your treatment to you, and the amount of it you’d like each time, and we’ll do the rest. Change, pause or cancel your plan anytime.

    Our clinicians are on hand to talk you through any questions you’ve got, so if you’re unsure about anything, or if you’d like to make any changes, just sign into your account and send them a message. They’ll reach out to you regularly to find out how you’re getting on with your treatment.

    Vitamins for hair loss: do they work?

    If you’re severely lacking in iron, vitamins A, B, D or E, zinc, amino acids or omega acids (particularly omega-3 fatty acids), vitamin supplements can help to improve hair loss and hair growth. But if you aren’t deficient in any of these vitamins, there’s no evidence that taking any supplements will have a noticeable effect on hair loss or hair growth.

    Is there a link between stress and hair loss?

    Yes. Emotional stress and anxiety can cause alopecia. Normally there’s a three month period between a stressful event and your hair falling out. It’s triggered by the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response, as the body produces extra hormones to help it tackle a potential threat. During this time, more hairs on your head are in what’s referred to as the ‘resting stage’. All this means is that it may take a few months for your hair growth and regrowth to return to normal. So any hair loss is usually just a temporary thing until your stress levels have gone down.

    What is postpartum hair loss?

    After giving birth, womens’ hormone levels can change, and this can sometimes trigger alopecia. It usually only lasts for between six and 12 months, at which point your hair growth cycle should return to normal. It’s quite common and isn’t usually anything to worry about. If you are concerned though, or if you find that your hair loss persists, you should contact your GP or midwife.

    Can hair loss in women happen?

    Yes. It’s not just men who experience alopecia. About one third of women do too. And up to two-thirds of postmenopausal women experience hair thinning or bald spots.

    As is the case with men, female (rather than male) pattern hair loss is the most common type of hair loss. Health conditions, medications and physical or emotional stress can all cause hair loss in women. So if you’re experiencing any of these things, you should let us know. They can help to find out what’s caused your hair loss and decide whether you need any treatment.

    Do I need a prescription to get hair loss treatment?

    For Finasteride and Propecia, yes. These treatments can cause side effects, and it may be that you are sensitive to their ingredients. You may also have a health condition which means that they aren’t suitable for you. So you’ll need to have a consultation with our clinician to make sure that they’re safe for you to use.

    Rogaine Regaine is available over the counter, so you can buy it in health stores on the high street, having had a discussion about its suitability for you with a pharmacist prescriber.
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