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Androgenic Alopecia is commonly known as Male Pattern Baldness. The US NLM or the National Library of Medicine says that more than 50 percent of men are afflicted with male pattern baldness over the age of 50.

Male pattern baldness is usually hereditary. If you have a family history of men suffering from baldness, you may get it too. Genetic predisposition and hormones are behind this affliction. Thinning hair on the crown and a receding hairline are how it all starts.

Androgens are male sex hormones responsible for giving men their male characteristics (in addition to testosterone). Androgens deficiency can occur due to problems of the hypothalamus, the testes, or the pituitary gland. One of the androgens many functions include the regulation of hair growth.

Hair has growth cycles. In the case of male pattern baldness, this growth cycle is affected, beginning to weaken. The hair follicles start shrinking, producing weaker and finer hair. Eventually, this growth cycle for the afflicted follicles ends, and no new hair grow back. However, the follicles do not die, suggesting growth is possible.

One needs to watch out for male pattern baldness if it runs in the family. It typically begins at the hairline. The hairline gradually recedes to form a ‘M’ shape. The hair starts becoming shorter, finer and thinner, and a horseshoe pattern or a U-shape hair pattern emerges around the head.

Treatment of this condition depends on the person’s personal take on the matter. If one is comfortable with the appearance, then there is no need to look for a fix. Some people embrace this change, even going completely clean shaven if need be. However, not everybody can pull off the clean-shaven look.

Superficial fixes can include wigs, hair pieces or hair weaving. In case you want to go for treatment to grow back the hair from the dormant follicles, there are certain medicines you can turn to. Minoxidil is a solution, which when topically applied to the scalp will stimulate hair follicles. It might slow down the loss of hair, or grow them back. But its effects only last as long as you keep using them. Hair loss returns once Minoxidil’s use is stopped.

Finasteride is another medicine that when taken orally will suppress the formation of a certain form of testosterone in the body that is responsible for hair loss. While more effective than minoxidil, its effects also fade when its use is stopped. Dutasteride is another pill, more effective than Finasteride.Find out if Does ExtenZe Work? 

Male pattern baldness is a common problem amongst men. While some may embrace it head on, others may choose to medicate it for prevention. If choosing to opt for treatment, make sure you have your doctor’s advice. Either way, deal with the problem with good sense.