Hair loss can affect a man at any age. You don’t need to as old as 50 or 60 years to begin to see signs of hair loss. You could be as young as 35 or just 21 when hair loss begins to take its toll on your appearance and self confidence. Considering these facts, it is not surprising that every man on this planet is looking for new and advanced hair loss treatments that promise results. There are many hair loss treatments in the market today but none so effective and promising as Finasteride. This FDA approved drug has been known to effectively combat baldness and help in regeneration of new hair
How does Finasteride work?
Finasteride works by inhibiting an enzyme known as Type II 5 alpha-reductase. This enzyme basically converts testosterone hormone into an androgen called DHT also elaborated as dihydrotestosterone. This DHT is the largest causes of alopecia or baldness in men and causes acute hair loss as a result. DHT shrinks the hair follicles on the scalp which causes baldness and hair loss in men. Since Finasteride can inhibit the formation of DHT it also curtails hair loss.
The drug name that contains Finasteride is known as Propecia. Doctors advise a dosage of 1 milligram each day of Propecia and in doing so a man can experience reduced DHT levels by as much as 60%! The efficiency of Finasteride has been studied in many men of diverse age groups and it has been found that as many as 86% of men who took Propecia on a regular basis were able to stop further hair loss successfully. Also, many men (as many as 65% of these men) also experienced regeneration of new hair which was healthy and grew even on bald spots of the scalp.
Only for men
Finasteride as a drug has been recommended for usage only for hair loss in men. The reason is that Finasteride works to prevent the formation of DHT. In women it is more of estrogen that is present. Some studies have found that if Finasteride which is also marketed as Propecia is given to pregnant women it can cause birth abnormalities and defects in a male fetus. Many studies and research on the efficiency of Finasteride shows that it is not successful when used in women.
Thus women who are experiencing hair loss may not find much success in curbing hair fall through Propecia. However, the results are still inconclusive and the people who support Finasteride say the studies were conducted on women after menopause. In such women it was found that the reason for their hair loss was more because of reduction in estrogen levels and was not linked to sensitivity to hormone testosterone. This is why perhaps the Propecia did not work.
Women who have sensitive follicles to androgens could deeply benefit from usage of Finasteride. Thus Finasteride is being administered to women who are under birth control or who are unable to conceive.