SERIES: My Hair Loss Treatment Journey Hormone Therapy
Like most people, I was born with genetically thin hair. It didn’t affect me much as I still had a full head of it so I really didn’t think much about it. Then, one day, my family was watching home movies and little me appeared on screen. My mom was shocked. The me from the past had significantly more strands of hair on her head than the current me sitting next to her. The hereditary curse of thinning hair had slowly begun. Welcome to puberty.
I went to the endocrinologist shortly after where I was diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia. This meant I had way too many male hormones in my system which was causing the hair loss. He prescribed Tri-sprintec, a birth control pill which reduces the level of male hormones and as an added bonus, helped control my teenage acne. Later, Spironolactone, a medication which can treat a variety of illnesses, was added for greater male hormone reduction.
While these medications helped to slow my hair loss, they may not be right for everyone and they certainly are not your only options. Men who are experiencing thinning hair can be prescribed Propecia, a pill which inhibits 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone into a more potent androgen dihydrotestosterone. Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, shrinks the hair follicle which eventually leads to baldness. In clinical trials, 65% of trial participants had what was considered a substantial increase of hair growth.
It’s important to consult a medical professional about any hair loss concerns you may have and discuss what you should or shouldn’t take. Remember, everyone’s body is different and what may work for some may not work for others.
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